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 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 those with the condition.
Hyperhidrosis is a medical term that can be broken down into two 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 treatment toronto throughout the entire body. Primary hyperhidrosis is most commonly found in one’s feet, hands, underarms, and groin.
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 activity of the muscles or glands that they are injected into. For hyperhidrosis, the excessive sweating treatment toronto comes from the sweat glands, so by injected Botox into the sweat gland, it paralyzes the gland and reduces its activity significantly. The 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 for excessive sweating treatment toronto has very high success rates of over 80% patient satisfactions.
MiraDry is another excellent option 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 only lower the bodies sweat gland count by 2% and therefore will not have any negative effect on your body’s sweating overall. Sovereign Skin does not yet offer Miradry- but will be looking to bring it in shortly as it is an excellent treatment option.
What areas can be treated with these treatments?
Botox can be treated in mainly 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 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, 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.
The pinpricks of a Botox treatment can be felt and cause some discomfort during the treatment. If the patient needs, 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.
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 system 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.
The effects of Botox injections typically can last anywhere between 6 to 12 months. Keep an eye out on 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 in treating primary axillary hyperhidrosis.
There are no major side effects to the Botox treatment if administered correctly. It is important to choose a reputable doctor 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.
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.
About 2.5% of the population have the condition of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
Both. A person can be born with an excessive sweating condition or it can be acquired later in one’s life. Typically, if one is not born with the condition, it is onset after adolescence.
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.