Wait....Botox for sweating! I thought Botox was for the face?
The best way to stop excessive sweating is with Botox!
Indeed, Botox has many beneficial uses! But it's a little known fact that Botox injections are also an effective excessive sweat treatment! Botox treatment for sweating is a minimally invasive procedure that can temporarily stop excessive sweating. It is most commonly used for armpit sweating, but can also be used for sweating on the palms, soles, face, and other areas of the body. The procedure involves injecting a small amount of Botox into the affected area. The Botox blocks the release of a chemical that stimulates the sweat glands. This can reduce sweating by up to 80%.
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Hyperhidrosis (excessive Sweating): What causes it?
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Hyperhidrosis, aka Excessive Sweating Condition
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I stop my excessive sweating?
There are a few simple solutions for excessive sweating, many of which can be tried at home. If those don't work, CHIC Laser is here to help with a simple Botox procedure. As a first line of defense against sweating, most people turn to specially formulated antiperspirants that may help to reduce sweating. Some formulas can be purchased at any pharmacy, but the more potent versions require a prescription from your doctor. These antiperspirants are applied before bed and washed off in the morning, giving them ample time to be absorbed into the body. These usually contain aluminum chloride (or another type of metallic salt) that can block sweat glands, making it more difficult for perspiration to get through. In cases of “mild” excessive sweating, these can be a suitable treatment.There are also prescription creams that may be able to reduce the amount of sweat produced by the body. A consultation with your doctor is the best way to see if these creams or antiperspirants are best for you.
What are the Sweating Treatment Areas?
As you might guess, the most common treatment area for excessive sweating is the armpits. Since the underarms contain a particular type of sweat glands that becomes active when the body temperature rises, this is a very common place for excessive sweating. People with high levels of perspiration under their arms can often feel uncomfortable in certain situations because of this problem. Therefore, Botox treatments under the arms might be just the solution for these folks!Other common areas for treatment are the palms, face and soles of the feet. Hyperhidrosis patients can suffer in their personal and professional life because of the obvious nature of sweaty palms, feet or other skin. Having skin to skin contact can be a source of embarrassment, as their hands, feet or faces may be covered in perspiration for seemingly no reason at all. Other times, they may be judged for being nervous or anxious in personal or professional situations. To stop the effects of hyperhidrosis, a Botox treatment can be used to block some of the nerves responsible for excessive sweating.
What to expect at CHIC Laser Centre?
On the day of your appointment, you'll want to come to the clinic wearing a sleeveless or short-sleeved shirt. Once your healthcare practitioner has explained the entire process, they will begin injecting Botox into the treatment area. Using a tiny needle, the botulinum toxin is injected in a grid to the treated area, allowing for even distribution. Your entire appointment will probably last about 45 minutes, including the injections. Most patients report minimal pain during their Botox injections, and your doctor may ask if you'd like a topical numbing cream to reduce any possible discomfort.
When Do I See the Results?
Most patients report a noticeable change in the amount of perspiration within 2-4 days, though it takes 2 weeks to notice the full effect of your injections. Treatments should last from anywhere between 4-7 months. Patients often experience some minor side effects, such as redness, bruising or slight bleeding at the injection site. These will most likely resolve themselves within a few days. If you experience more severe symptoms, contact the team at CHIC Laser as soon as possible.
What are the benefits of Botox for hyperhidrosis?
Not only does Botox treat hyperhidrosis effectively, it could also be a much safer option than over-the-counter or prescription antiperspirants. Many people prefer to stay away from aluminum deodorants and antiperspirants, so Botox treatments can be a way to avoid these particular ingredients while still treating hyperhidrosis.Additionally, Botox has been FDA approved to reduce underarm sweating. After a treatment, you can resume normal activities relatively quickly and will see results quickly, with full results appearing after 2 weeks. Because it's considered a medical condition, most private insurance plans will cover Botox treatments for excessive sweating.To get even more details on Botox for sweating Montreal treatment, schedule a consultation with CHIC Laser Centre today!
How do I Prepare for my Botox sweating treatment?
There are a few key details that patients should know before coming to the clinic for their Botox treatment. The first step is to ensure that you're in good, professional hands. The medical aesthetic team at CHIC Laser Centre in downtown Montreal have over 30 years of combined experience with all types of cosmetic and medical procedures.During your consultation, one of our expert professionals will answer any questions you might have and help you understand all the risks, benefits and how the treatment will work, from start to finish. They can also help you to understand the causes and ways to treat hyperhidrosis, a problem that you may have experienced for some time!When you arrive at the clinic for your treatment, you should make sure that your skin is clean and free from all products, like creams, makeup or fragrances. You should also avoid shaving your armpits for 2-3 days before your treatment as this can cause minor skin irritation. Always make sure to tell your healthcare professional about any medications you're taking, especially if they are blood thinners. Avoid taking any blood thinning medication for 10 days prior to your appointment, as this can cause bleeding or inflammation at the injection site.It also may be important to check with your insurance company to see if your treatment will be covered. Most private insurance plans cover medical aesthetic treatments, so most patients are able to arrange a payment plan with their insurance provider.
After Care: How to care for my skin after a Botox treatment?
After your Botox injections are complete, there are a few simple steps to follow to ensure optimal results:
- Don't wear any antiperspirant or deodorant for 48 hours after your treatment
- Some patients experience small bruising
- Stay away from hot baths and spas, steam rooms or jacuzzis for a week after your injections
- No blood thinning medication for at least a week
Otherwise, you're free to resume your normal activities immediately after your appointment!
CHIC Laser Centre: Why choose us?
CHIC Laser is Montreal's best medical aesthetic clinic, and for good reason! One look at our beautiful, modern space and you'll feel right at home. Our patients are blown away by our team's professionalism, friendliness and attention to detail. Not only will we provide all the answers to your questions at your initial consultation, we'll be with you every step of the way and are always happy to answer your questions. Your safety and satisfaction are paramount!So what are you waiting for? Come into CHIC Laser for a chat, and learn how we can help improve your self confidence and overall quality of life!
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Dr. Noémie Vézina
Born and raised in Montreal, Dr Vézina completed her medical degree and residency training in Family Medicine at McGill University. She has since been focusing her practice in preventative and aesthetic medicine. Her holistic approach and careful listening lead to natural results tailored to her patients’ needs.
Dr. Borhan Al-Atassi
With a degree in neurosurgery from the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, Dr. Al-Atassi has been practicing neurosurgery for more than 10 years. Dr. Al-Assisi has always been captivated by the field of aesthetic medicine. He has successfully completed various trainings in aesthetic medicine and cosmetic injections. His passion for his work shines through in every aspect of the way he treats patients, making sure they are given top priority and care.