The hot, humid summer days in Vancouver, BC, can leave anyone feeling like a sweaty mess. Still, if you have the condition hyperhidrosis, there’s a chance you’re already feeling excessively sweaty for no reason at all. Hyperhidrosis is a condition that involves overactive sweat glands that produce severe, persistent sweating, which can ruin your summer activities or dampen your summer plans, forcing you to stay indoors where it’s cool and sweat-stain-free.
At Art of Lines MD, Dr. Naz Baradaran is highly skilled and experienced in diagnosing and treating the symptoms of hyperhidrosis. She offers Vancouver patients the latest treatments for addressing excessive sweating and helps them relieve the embarrassing symptoms so they can embrace their favorite summertime activities without worrying about sweat stains, embarrassing odors, or constantly perspiring skin. If you’re looking to reduce excessive sweating this summer, take a closer look at the following hyperhidrosis treatments offered by Dr. Naz at Art of Lines MD.
What Causes Excessive Sweating?
If your sweat glands had a dial, those with hyperhidrosis would always have that dial turned all the way up. People with primary hyperhidrosis generally sweat from their eccrine sweat glands, which comprise most of the 2 to 4 million sweat glands covering a person’s entire body. Eccrine glands occupy the feet, palms, face, and armpits, so people generally sweat the most in those places.
When your body becomes overheated from moving around excessively, spending time outside in the heat, or feeling nervous or stressed, your nerves will trigger these sweat glands to perspire to help keep you cool. When those nerves overreact, often without a direct cause, it causes hyperhidrosis.
Some other causes of excessive sweating include:
- Heart failure
- Anxiety disorder
- Overactive thyroid
- Medication side effects
What Are Some Common Reasons Patients Seek Excessive Sweating Treatments?
Patients with hyperhidrosis often report high levels of psychological stress. In social situations, the increase in stress can trigger more sweat production, leading to even higher stress levels as they start to worry about their appearance, body odor, and fear of coming into physical contact with other people around them.
Patients affected with hyperhidrosis also seem to experience more depressive episodes and can easily become overwhelmed with feelings of shame or lack of confidence. This often leads to lower productivity and a significant reduction in their personal relationships.
Other reasons patients may decide to pursue treatment for excessive sweating include:
- Itching and inflammation in the affected areas
- Persistent body odor due to bacteria mixing with sweat particles
- Stains on most of their clothing
- Skin changes, such as paleness, cracks, or wrinkles
- Soft or peeling skin on the soles of the feet
What Is Botox®, and How Can It Help with Hyperhidrosis?
Botox® is most known for its ability to smooth and reduce the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles, but it’s also a particularly effective treatment for hyperhidrosis. Botox injections are made from a low dose of the botulinum toxin, which blocks nerve signals from the brain to muscles and stops and prevents wrinkles. It can also disrupt the signal to the nerves responsible for excessive sweating, stopping the sweat glands from producing too much sweat. Treatments can last anywhere from four to six months; however, patients can go longer between treatments as their sweat glands settle.
What Areas of the Body Can Botox® Sweat Treatments Fix?
At Art of Lines MD, Dr. Naz injects a small amount of Botox® directly into many of the common areas where patients sweat excessively, including:
The Botox® treatments start paralyzing the nerves and reducing the body’s ability to produce sweat. Most patients experience significant relief from excessive sweating two weeks after treatment.
Who Should You Choose as Your Botox® Injector?
When looking for a Botox® injector for excessive sweating, it’s essential to look for a qualified and trained professional, but that’s not where you should stop. To give yourself some added information, further your research by exploring their website, social media, before and after gallery, reviews, and credentials. This can give you a better idea of your provider’s artistry and style.
Secondly, book a consultation before scheduling treatments to get a feel for the office environment and your provider. This is also an opportune time to discuss your goals, what’s important to you, your budget, and ask any questions you might have.
Last, allow yourself some time to reflect. Take the time to absorb your newfound knowledge and for any further questions or ideas to arise. A good Botox® provider will not feel pushy, but instead, they’ll follow up with you to ensure you don’t have any lingering questions.
Schedule Your Botox® Injection for Excessive Sweating at Art of Lines MD Today!
During your consultation with Dr. Naz, she’ll take as much time as you need to listen to your concerns regarding your medical condition and discuss your medical history with hyperhidrosis and your ultimate goals. From there, she’ll collaborate with you to develop a treatment plan that offers long-lasting improvements in your symptoms and quality of life.Once you feel confident scheduling your treatment, you can begin your journey toward enjoying a less sweaty and more exciting summer! To get started, call our office at (604) 973-1939 or complete our online form and learn how Botox® can help you alleviate your hyperhidrosis symptoms this summer.