Excessive Sweating

Control your sweating

BOTOX® is one of the most highly recognized, non-surgical cosmetic procedures available today. Administered by a skilled professional, it is a safe and effective treatment for excessive sweating. BOTOX is most commonly used to control severe underarm sweating when topical treatments are ineffective. Dr. Dawes will evaluate your condition for the most effective use of BOTOX injections.

How BOTOX® works

BOTOX is the trade name of Botulinum Toxin Type A, a purified toxin produced by the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. It is a safe and effective product when administered by a skilled professional. When injected, BOTOX temporarily blocks the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands, preventing production of the excessive sweating. Within three to five days, the injected areas begin to prevent the nerves to send the sweat signals, thereby preventing the excessive sweating.

How BOTOX® injections are performed

Following a analysis by Dr. Dawes and a discussion of your desired outcome, the procedure itself usually takes about 15 minutes to perform. A minute amount of BOTOX is injected very precisely into the areas being treated. Discomfort associated with the injection is minimal (often compared to the sensation of a bug bite). No sedation or local anesthetic is required.

Recovery expectations

BOTOX® injections are quick, simple and have no downtime—you may resume normal activities immediately. Do not rub or massage the treated areas for a few days. You may experience temporary localized swelling, bruising and discomfort as a result of the injection. Treatment results are typically visible within one week and generally last three to six months.


What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is the trade name of Botulinum Toxin Type A, a purified toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Used in small amounts, it paralyzes muscles and prevents them from contracting, thereby diminishing or preventing associated wrinkles.
Where does the sweat go?
Your sweat doesn't go anywhere or get backed up because there is no sweat being produced. Injected areas are only affected, the rest of your body is free to produce moisture normally.
How long can I expect my BOTOX® treatment to last?
Results can vary for each individual; the average is three-to-four months when proper BOTOX® dilution is used.
Who can perform BOTOX®  injections in Alberta?
Those who can be licensed to administer BOTOX® injections are limited to:
  • Physicians actively licensed by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
  • Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners actively licensed by the College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, who are injecting with sufficient education and training in this procedure, and with support from a physician
  • Licensed Practical Nurses actively registered with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta who are injecting with additional education and training in this procedure, and with support from a physician
  • Aestheticians, medical aestheticians and dentists are NOT licensed to administer BOTOX® in Alberta unless they meet the above criteria
How long has BOTOX® been approved in Canada? 
BOTOX® has been licensed in Canada since 1990 as a safe and effective treatment for a variety of medical conditions. In 2001, Health Canada approved its use specifically for wrinkle therapy. BOTOX® has become the most popular physician-administered cosmetic treatment in North America, with an estimated three-million treatments performed annually.
How do I find the right medical professional to administer BOTOX?
It is important to ensure your BOTOX® procedure is administered by a fully-licensed practitioner who:
  • Is licensed in Alberta for injections (please see FAQ ‘Who can perform BOTOX® injections in Alberta?’)
  • Has experience in injections and cosmetic procedures, with additional training in injecting BOTOX, and who is prepared and qualified to handle any complications
  • Has a very strong knowledge of excessive sweating
  • Is someone you are completely comfortable with and trust
What are the most common side effects? 
BOTOX® injections are generally well-tolerated. Some common side effects are localized discomfort or tenderness, swelling, redness, bruising and headache—which usually resolve within one week. During consultation, Dr. Dawes will discuss all risks of your particular treatment, which will also be fully-disclosed in writing prior to treatment.
Who cannot have BOTOX® treatments?
There are very few restrictions regarding the use of BOTOX. Those who are pregnant, nursing or have a neurological disease should not be treated. Please contact our office for more information.
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