Many people suffer from excessive sweating in their underarms (axillae), hands, and feet. When this begins to cause social anxiety and avoidance of situations likely to cause excessive sweating, such as public speaking and social gatherings, this is known as hyperhidrosis.
Many treatments include powders, prescription deodorants, and other topical treatments that act to hide or cover up the excess sweat. But these don’t address the problem directly. The best way to stop excess sweating in your hands, feet, and underarms is by using medication.
Treatment is under taken by a class of drugs known as neuromodulators. They function to block the body’s sweat glands so that there is no sweat being produced to begin with! Dr Alves is a leading specialist in treating hyperhidrosis in Toronto.
Common Questions about treatments for Hyperhidrosis
How is the hyperhidrosis treatment administered?
The product is administered by injection using a very thin needle to avoid any pain, bruising or swelling. The product is injected directly into the areas of excessive sweat and takes several days to take full effect. Maximal benefit is seen after two weeks*(see disclaimer).
How long does the hyperhidrosis procedure take?
Treatment to control excessive sweating typically takes only several minutes. Your appointment will be scheduled for upwards of 30 minutes for Dr. Alves’ consultation. As with any medical procedure performed at Bloor Village Medical Cosmetics your safety and aesthetic outcome are our outmost concern, and so only Dr. Alves will perform your procedures. We do not allow nurse injectors to practice at our facility.
The procedure does not leave any indication that it was performed and you may go about your day right away.
Who should not have treatment for excessive sweating?
These medications should not be used in pregnant or lactating women, as well as people who have had a previous allergic reaction to the drug or any of its ingredients. Anyone with a serious neurological or immunological disease will need to consult with Dr. Alves to determine their ability to undergo treatment.
Are results permanent?
Results are not permanent. The sweat glands that were treated will lose their ability to produce sweat over several days. These glands will be temporarily unable to sweat for 12 to 16 weeks, after which they will slowly begin to work again. Each successive treatment will work longer than the last*(see disclaimer).
What happens to the product once it is in my body?
The medication will stay within the muscles it was injected in. Over time the body will slowly break down the product and you will regain the function of the blocked sweat glands.
How much does Hyperhidrosis treatment cost?
Some treatment of hyperhidrosis are partially covered by OHIP. Many insurance companies will cover the remaining treatment cost for hyperhidrosis. For further information related to cost and insurance coverage, please call our office directly at 647-237-7516.
What are the potential side effects of the medication?
The vast majority of patients do not experience any side effects. Common and minor side effects include local irritation, minor bruising at the injection sites, and headache. Rare but temporary side effects include short-term paralysis of unintended muscles or serious allergic reaction. Dr. Alves undertakes a thorough discussion of side effects for all procedures. Please feel free to discuss any and all concerns with him at the time of your medical consultation.
Contact us today if you want to stop your excessive sweating/hyperhidrosis!
Call 647-347-7516 or send us a message online. Our aesthetic medicine clinic is conveniently located in Toronto’s Bloor West Village.
All patients must undergo medical consultation with Dr. Alves prior to receiving any treatment.
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