Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis can be a debilitating problem for some. If this is something that is significantly impacting your daily life you may be interested to know that it can be improved with botulinum toxin injections.
Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that’s not always related to heat or exercise and is characterised by sweating in excess needs of the body. It can cause anxiety and embarrassment, often restricting clothing choices and certain activities.
Primary hyperhidrosis is not due to any particular underlying cause, and there is often a family history. It can be seen in the palms, feet, face, scalp and/or underarms. Most people with hyperhidrosis will have primary. It is caused by faulty nerve signals that trigger eccrine sweat glands to become overactive.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is the result of an underlying medical condition or by taking certain medications. To treat secondary hyperhidrosis the underlying problem or cause must be treated. Botulinum toxin can however help with the symptoms. Causes of secondary hyperhidrosis can include metabolic and endocrine disorders, infections, neurological conditions, spinal cord injuries, cardiovascular disorders, cancers, respiratory disorders, anxiety and stress and menopause. This type of hyperhidrosis may cause sweating all over the body.
Botox for hyperhidrosis is an injectable procedure that helps to control the symptoms of severe underarm sweating by blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive the chemical signals, they stop producing as much sweat. Nearly 5% of the world’s population suffers from excessive sweating.
It is a relatively straightforward treatment with minimal downtime. The injection points are marked out followed by a series of injections with a very fine needle into the skin. It is generally tolerated well and the whole appointment will take about 45 minutes. The injections themselves are very quick and only take about 10 minutes. We ask that you do not shave for 2 days prior to your treatment or apply deodorant that day.
You will need to refrain from heavy exercise, hot tubs, or pools and shaving for 48 hours and applying deodorant or perfume for 24 hours following your treatment. You can return to work immediately following your treatment. You may be slightly tender in the area for the remainder of the day. We will schedule a follow-up appointment for 2 to 4 weeks after the treatment to check your results.
Results can be noticed in 1-2 weeks following treatment and last an average of 6 to 12 months. Repeated treatments can increase longevity. This is an average and individual results can vary.
The treatment cost is $1,349. We use a whole vial of Botox (100 units) for the treatment, and it is therefore charged at a lesser rate than cosmetic Botox.
All our injectables are administered by our experienced Registered Nurse Jaime, who has 13+ years of experience in the industry and over 20 years of nursing. Our prices cannot be compared with commercial chain stores and inexperienced injectors. It is not just the product you are paying for; you are paying for the knowledge and experience of your injector.
See our FAQs below for more information.
Will it stop my sweating altogether:
No, it will not stop you from sweating completely but on average Botox will reduce localised sweating in the area injected by around 83%. It is not intended for use in those who have normal sweating as some degree of sweating is healthy.
How do I book in for treatment?
You must book for a cosmetic consultation first so we can take a full medical history, ensure you are suitable for treatment and go over the treatment with you in more detail including expected outcomes and potential side effects.
There is a $75 booking fee payable when making this appointment. The booking fee is then deducted from the treatment cost should you proceed within two months of your
consultation. You can either contact us via phone or email to make this appointment or book directly via our online booking system.
If you have previously had this treatment with us, you can book the Botox for hyperhidrosis option without the consultation first.
What else can Botox be used for?
At CosMedic Clinic we also offer Botox and Xeomin for the treatment and prevention of fine lines and wrinkles. Please see our Botox and Xeomin page for further information.
Who performs the procedure?
This procedure and all treatments offered at CosMedic Clinic are undertaken by our experienced registered nurse Jaime. Jaime has worked as a nurse for over 22 years and has worked full-time in the industry of cosmetic medicine for over 12 years, gaining much experience and knowledge in her chosen field.
Is it safe?
Botox is FDA approved for people who sweat excessively in the axilla (underarms). Side effects can include but are not limited to pain at the injections site, bruising, bleeding, skin irritation, headache, and flu-like symptoms. Seriou side effects are extremely rare, and it is generally considered safe.
What is the downtime?
There is no downtime. You can return to work or most normal activities directly after treatment, so long as you do not do anything to cause pressure to this area over the next four hours, and stay upright following treatment. This includes no strenuous exercise, saunas, hot yoga, alcohol, massage to the area or any other activities that could potentially cause pressure. You may have some temporary redness and swelling, but this usually goes down with half an hour, and although bruising is unlikely if you develop bruising, this can easily be concealed with makeup. You need to refrain from any facials, or face treatments, including facial massage for one week after injections.
Certain herbal and natural medications can increase your risk of bruising such as Omegas, Fish Oil, Tumeric, Vitamin E, and Green Tea. Most people will discontinue these about one week prior to treatment and one week post treatment to help further avoid bruising. Please do not discontinue any medications that have been prescribed to you from your Dr.
Does it hurt?
People often liken the treatment to a tiny sting and some feel nothing at all. The needles are very small, and most will describe it as mild discomfort. It does trigger some people to sneeze. No anaesthesia is necessary as it would be more painful to inject the anaesthetic and there are additional risks with using anaesthetic including topical. Everybody has different pain tolerances, and some people find during periods of stress, it may be slightly more painful. We use a special saline preparation that helps reduce the sting and makes it more comfortable for the patient.
What are the side effects?
While you may not experience any side effects there is always the possibility of side effects with any medications. The doses used in cosmetic medicine are very small, and side effects are usually localised to the injection site and temporary. The most common side effects are pain and stinging at the injection site, redness, and bruising. Adverse or allergic reactions are very rare and when performed by an experienced practitioner these injections are typically considered safe.
Who is able to perform this treatment?
As these are prescription medicines only a doctor or a registered nurse working under the doctor’s supervision can perform them. At CosMedic Clinic Jaime works under standing orders from Dr Henryk Poczwa from Vein and Skin Institute and member of New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine (NZSCM). Jaime meets regularly with Dr Poczwa in person and has been working under his supervision since 2017. It is important to ask about your injectors experience and qualifications when choosing your injector. Jaime obtained her Bachelor of Nursing Degree in 2002 and has worked as a RN for over 20 years with 13 years working as a cosmetic nurse. She attends regular conferences and training sessions and always keeps up to date with education to ensure best practice. She is a member of Clinical Aesthetic Network New Zealand (CANN) and Complications in Medical Aesthetics Collaborative (CMAC) and her oversight Dr is a member of the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine (NZSCM).
What should I book?
If you are a new patient, you will need to book for a cosmetic consultation prior to treatment. If you are an existing patient and have not yet spoken to us about this treatment, you will still need to book a cosmentic consultation.
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We value confidentiality and this is very important to our clients. Our space is set up with this in mind and is very private. We gain informed consent before performing any treatment and all our patient photographs that are viewable to the public are used with the consent of the patient. You have the right to withdraw the use of your photographs at any time.
We also offer our patients the option to prepay to our bank account. If prepaying, please use your name as a reference. You must already be a patient of ours and of discussed the treatment you wish to prepay with us to use this service. If you have prepaid and no longer wish to continue with treatments, you can either keep this as a credit for future use on any of our products or services, or you can have a refund. There is a $50 admin fee to have the credit refunded back to your account.
You can purchase vouchers via our online shopping page. When booking an initial appointment online, vouchers are not accepted, and you must make the payment online but they can be redeemed in the clinic towards your treatment or on products. If booking through us the initial booking fee must be made as a bill payment to our bank account. Returning patients are not charged a booking fee.
Bookings can be made by going to the book now or visiting our FB or Instagram pages. We support online bookings.
Patients can also book by texting or phoning the clinic on 027 3876 393, filling in the contact form below or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If contacting us by phone or email, please be aware reception is not always covered and we are often busy with patients but will endeavour to get back to you at our earliest convenience.
Cancellations and No-shows
We ask for at least 48 hours’ notice for any cancellations. The more notice we are given the more chance we have of filling that appointment space so please be mindful of our time.
Cancellations outside of this time may be charged a fee depending on individual circumstances and no-shows will be charged a fee.
We try and accommodate our patients to the best of our ability and if you have paid a booking fee and notice has been given, we can reschedule your appointment and hold the deposit. If you do not pay your late fees, you will be unable to book with us in future.
Contact CosMedic Clinic
81B Don Street, Invercargill
027 387 6393
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