BotoxⓇ For Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
BotoxⓇ for excessive sweating is a treatment that can be life-changing for certain people.
Botox® has been used for several years with an almost 100% success rate for treating excessive armpit sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis.
Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is defined as sweating in excess of the normal needs of the body. Many of our patients suffer from excessive sweating in other areas of their body too – their hands, face, back etc.
Where do I start?
As with all of our injectable services, you must have an Initial Injectable Consultation before proceeding with your first treatment – regardless of if you have had this treatment elsewhere. This ensures you are fully educated and informed before proceeding with treatment. We are a best-practice clinic and consistently deliver optimal results by placing paramount importance on education and informed consent.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a condition that is characterised by sweating or perspiration in excess of the normal needs of the body. This can be socially crippling, embarrassing, restrict clothing choice and destroy clothes.
Primary hyperhidrosis is not due to any particular underlying reason, and can be seen as excessive sweating in the palms, feet, underarms, face and/or scalp. There is often a family history of excessive sweating. Sweating usually affects both sides, and is less at night than during the day. Most people with excessive sweating have primary hyperhidrosis.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is a result of an underlying medical condition such as infection, endocrine disorders, metabolic disorders, cancers, neurological conditions, spinal cord injuries, cardiovascular disorders, respiratory disorders, anxiety and stress. The treatment of secondary hyperhidrosis requires treatment of the underlying problem or cause, although sometimes BotoxⓇ can be helpful in treating the symptoms.
Primary hyperhidrosis is thought to affect around 3-10% of the population, ranging in age from teenagers to 50+. Effective treatment of hyperhidrosis can be life-changing for those affected.
How much will BotoxⓇ reduce my hyperhidrosis?
How long will BotoxⓇ reduce my excessive sweating for?
Results last on average about 6-12 months and can often last longer with repeated treatments – most people plan for treatment about once a year.
What other treatments are available to help with hyperhidrosis?
Surgery – removing or destroying the sweat glands with surgery can give longer lasting results. Side effects can include scarring, infection, inadequate removal of sweat glands, and increased sweating from other areas. We do not perform this surgery.
Chemical Sympathectomy – a chemical is injected into some of the nerves at the side of the spinal cord which control sweating. This stops all sweating from your shoulder tip to your rib cage (upper sympathectomy) and/or from your knees down (lower sympathectomy). Side effects can include lung puncture, permanent nerve damage, death and increased sweating from other areas of your body such as a scalp and trunk (worse than with other treatments as a larger area is prevented from sweating). We do not perform this treatment.
Where else can I use BotoxⓇ?
We are a doctor-led clinic subject to NZ Medical Council rules. These rules do not permit any ‘advertising’ of off-label uses of BotoxⓇ. This means any areas other than frown lines, forehead, crow’s feet and hyperhidrosis.
There may be other common BotoxⓇ treatments you have heard of but cannot see mentioned on our website.
We can fully explain any of these advanced techniques when you come and see us in clinic.