Hyperhidrosis is an condition that is characterized by abnormal excessive sweating that may or may not necessarily be related to heat or exercise.
It is a condition that causes those that suffer from the affliction a great deal of social anxiety and embarrassment, so much so that many start to avoid social interaction. This social withdrawal can lead to avoidance of activities that you really enjoy, isolation and in worst cases even depression.
Sweating is your body's natural inborn mechanism to cool itself down. When your temperature rises, special systems in your body take note of this change and signals your nervous system to activate your sweat glands. This activation leads tot the production of sweat.
In this type of Hyperhidrosis, there is no established medical cause that can be treated. Very often this is an "issue" than runs in the family. It is when the nerve cells that signal the sweat glands become overactive without a specific trigger being present (eg, heat, exercise).
In this type of Hyperhidrosis, there is a clear cut medical condition causing the excessive sweating. Conditions include but are not limited to:
- Hormonal Hot Flushes
- Endocrine related disorders
Depending on the suspected underlying pathology, your physician will suggest certain investigations.
Before injections for Hyperhidrosis we may do the Iodione-Starch test to check for the distribution of sweat glands, to ensure proper placement of the product during injection.
Treatment duration: 30-60minutes
A consultation will be done to confirm the diagnosis. A referral from your family physician is not a prerequisite, but is highly appreciated and does shorten the process time from consult to injection.
After the initial consultation, a date for injection is confirmed.
Please note that special authorization may be required by some Insurance Plans.
Our Grande Prairie Botox for Hyperhidrosis process is a fast and quite simple way of treating excessive sweating... no more embarrassing moments... no more "dark-shirts-only"... give yourself the freedom to be yourself.
If you are pregnant or lactating, or had any previous allergic reactions to Botox, or have a Muscle Disorder, Botox should not be used. However, Botox injections are well tolerated with very few cases of side effects. The success rates of obtaining full results from Botox is impressive, as only 1% of people experienced their injections to be ineffective.
Botox for Hyperhidrosis usually need to be treated on a 6 monthly basis, and often clients can go longer between treatments.
At Captivating Aesthetics, we offer Botox for Hyperhidrosis. Dr Wilhene Zwanepoel will be injecting the Botox after carefully assessing the area of concern. This may involve the STARCH TEST, and will be explained during your initial consultation. Even though it is Botox for hyperhidrosis, Dr Zwanepoel still takes care to individualize every treatment according to your needs. As a physician Dr Zwanepoel is not limited as to the amount of units she is allowed to inject per session, and this enables her to tailor your treatment according to your needs.
Our patients testified to receiving the lasting results they hoped for. Our patients usually return around the 6 month mark, none earlier. Captivating Aesthetics provides an individualized service for Hyperhidrosis Botox in Grande Prairie.
1- Does it hurt?
At Captivating Aesthetics, Botox injections for Hyperhidrosis are done with a 30 or 31 Gauge needle, similar to that of an insulin syringe needle. It is so small the injections are practically pain-free. Topical freezing can be applied at home 20-30 minutes before the treatment.
2- Will I be able to go to work after my treatment?
Yes, essentially you can go on with life as normal. There is a risk of bruising, as with any injection, but since the injections are done in the axilla ( underarm) area ( sometimes palms or soles- can be discussed), bruises are not of great concern.
3- Are there certain things I can and cannot do once I have had the treatment?
You will be given pre and post treatment guidelines once the date of injections have been established.
4- Is there anyone that cannot get Botox treatment?
YES, Botox treatment is contraindicated if you are pregnant, lactating, have a known or suspected allergy to Botox or any component of the product, if you have a known or suspected neuromuscular disease.
5- How often do I have to get treated?
The dosing interval is once symptom breakthrough is experienced. With the dosing we use at Captivating Aesthetics, our patients usually return around the 6 month mark.
6- What are the possible side effects?
This will be discussed in great detail during your appointment. It will depend upon the area of injection.
7- How soon should I expect to see results?
Usually within 3-7 days, but an average 0f 14 days.
8- Will this cure my Hyperhidrosis?
No, this is not a cure for Hyperhidrosis.
9- Will this make me sweat more in other places?
It is highly unlikely, although there has been odd cases reported in medical literature. All the cases reported were fully reversible once the Botox wore off (within 6 months.) Compensatory hyperhidrosis has historically been a problem with surgical treatments of Hyperhidrosis.