Excessive Sweating Treatment (Hyperhidrosis)


What Is Hyperhidrosis?

Primary axillary hyperhidrosis, more commonly know as excessive sweating, is a condition that many people of all ages and backgrounds suffer from. This is a real condition that can have many negative effects on people’s lives. Imagine having to bring multiple shirts with you to work, knowing that you will sweat through them throughout your day. Imagine having constant embarrassment and anxiety about wet circles on your shirt. Primary axillary hyperhidrosis is an issue that has emotional, psychological, and social effects on people with the condition.

Hyperhidrosis is a medical term that can be broken down into 2 parts. Hidrosis means “to sweat” in medical terms, and hyper means “overactive”. Primary hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating in a localized part of the body, unlike secondary hyperhidrosis, which refers to the condition of excessive sweating throughout the entire body. Primary hyperhidrosis is most commonly found in the feet, hands, underarms, and groin.

Can it be treated?

Yes, primary axillary hyperhidrosis is a treatable and manageable condition with the use of Botox injections or the MiraDry system.

Botox injections work by reducing the activity of the muscles or glands that they are injected into. For hyperhidrosis, the excessive sweating comes from the sweat glands, so injecting Botox into the sweat gland paralyzes the gland and reduces its activity significantly. Botox works by blocking the nerves that control the sweat gland and disrupting their signalling pathway, resulting in less sweat production. Botox is an approved treatment for hyperhidrosis as of 2004, along with 20 other medical treatments, including the most commonly known use for Botox: wrinkle removal and smoothing. Botox injections, as an excessive sweating treatment Toronto, have very high success rates of over 80% patient satisfaction.

MiraDry is another excellent excessive sweating treatment Toronto for primary axillary hyperhidrosis in the underarms. This non-invasive system delivers electromagnetic energy to the underarms to eliminate the sweat glands located in the area. The MiraDry system aims to destroy these sweat glands, so once they are removed, there is no chance of the sweat glands coming back. The result of this treatment is a great reduction in the sweat produced by the underarms. The destruction of the underarm sweat glands will lower the body’s sweat gland count by only 2% and, therefore, will not have any negative effect on your body’s sweating overall.

Botox / MiraDry

What areas can be treated with these treatments?

Botox can be treated in any area with excessive sweating. The sweat glands in the area will respond to the Botox basically anywhere on the body.

The main treatment areas for excessive sweating treatment Toronto are the soles of the feet, forehead, underarms, groin, and scalp. MiraDry is a great option for the underarm region. As of now, the MiraDry system is mainly used on the underarm region, a very common area for primary axillary hyperhidrosis to occur.

What to expect during a Botox treatment

During an excessive sweating treatment Toronto, extremely small injections of Botox are injected into the treated area. The treatment typically lasts between 10 and 20 minutes and should not cause much pain when performed.

What to expect during a MiraDry treatment

Before the MiraDry system is applied to the underarms, the doctor will inject the patient with a numbing agent to avoid any pain or discomfort. The MiraDry system is applied directly to the underarms and lasts only a few minutes. The treatment should be repeated twice, 3 months apart, for optimal results.

Do these treatments hurt?

The pinpricks of a Botox treatment can be felt and cause some discomfort during the treatment. If the patient needs it, a topical numbing cream can be used before the treatment begins.

With the injection of a numbing agent, the MiraDry procedure should not cause any pain. The treatment should feel comfortable with minimal to no discomfort.

How long does it take to see an effect?

Reduced sweating can slowly begin to be noticed in the first few days following the Botox procedure. To be fully effective, the product needs about 7 to 10 days to settle. It is important to keep in mind that everyone’s body is different and to stay patient.

For the MiraDry procedure, you should notice a decrease in sweating immediately after the treatment is complete. Over the next few days, the treatment results should be entirely seen with a large reduction in sweat production.

How often do I have to get Botox injections/MiraDry treatment for excessive sweating?

The effects of Botox injections typically can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months. Keep an eye out for sweating patterns to see when you may need another Botox treatment.

Just 2 treatments of the MiraDry treatment spaced 3 months apart can reduce underarm sweat production by 82%, according to a study. Typically, for most patients, these 2 treatments are sufficient to treat primary axillary hyperhidrosis.

Are there side effects to the Botox sweating treatment?

There are no major side effects to the Botox treatment if it is administered correctly. It is important to choose a reputable doctor whom you trust to avoid any complications from the treatment. The most common side effects to this treatment are mild discomfort during the treatment and small amounts of bruising.

Are there side effects to the MiraDry treatment?

With the MiraDry system, there are only some minor side effects that patients feel. Swelling, numbness, tingling, and slight soreness are normal side effects and should subside within a few days after your treatment.

How common is excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)?

About 2.5% of the population have the condition of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).

Are you born with hyperhidrosis, or does it occur later in life?

Both. A person can be born with an excessive sweating condition, or it can be acquired later in one’s life. Typically, if you are not born with the condition, it happens after adolescence.

What is the cause of excessive sweating?

The cause of excessive sweating is not entirely known. Scientists have confirmed that a large contributor to the condition is an excess number of sweat glands.


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