What is Excessive Sweating?
Excess sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a condition where sweat glands are over productive.
The body normally sweats to regulate body temperature in response to heat, exercise and anxiety however with hyperhidrosis the sweating can lead to diminished physical and emotional well-being especially within certain social situations.
Botulinum toxin is a safe and effective method for treating auxiliary hyperhidrosis. It works by temporarily inhibiting the release of acetylcholine and hyper stimulation of endocrine sweat glands that lead to excessive sweating.
The effects last for six to nine months on average with treatment having a high satisfaction rate.
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The treatment area may feel sore and or tender for the first 12 hours.
Occasionally, some patients describe a tiredness or heaviness of the arms which usually resolves within a few days from occurring.
Keep the area clean. You may apply antiperspirants as soon as the skin has recovered from the injections- usually within 4-12 hours.
Avoid vigorous exercise or extreme heat for 48 hours after treatment.
Results should be evident within a week.
You will be invited for a review appointment 14 days post treatment to access effectiveness of treatment and modify your treatment plan if necessary. Sometimes an additional treatment may be required to achieve optimal results.
Should you experience any unpleasant side effects that you are not expecting or have not been discussed within the consultation please do not hesitate to contact the clinic to report.
The treatment may not completely stop sweating, but it will be significantly reduced.
Treatment results are expected to last approximately 9 – 12 months. For some individuals this may be shorter, or even longer depending on each individual and lifestyle factors.
Once the treatment wears off, your condition will return to its previous state, there is no permanent effect on your condition, either for the better, or for the worse.
What Causes Hyperhidrosis?
Excessive sweating can be a symptom of certain medical conditions or a side effect of some medications. You should not have treatment without first consulting your GP to exclude any underlying medical condition which may require treatment.
What Treatments are Available?
There are a range of treatments available for hyperhidrosis, many are available on prescription. They include Antiperspirants, Creams/ Lotions, oral Medications, Laser, Surgery or Injections of Botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin has been licensed as safe and effective to treat underarm sweating since 2004.
Am I Suitable for Treatment?
If you have seen your GP, with diagnosis confirmed and have failed to get along with alternative topical treatments, then it is likely that Botulinum toxin could be an appropriate treatment for you. Our aesthetic nurse Keira will undertake a full medical history to confirm suitability ensuring there is no medical contraindications.
Clients not suitable for treatment:
- If you have a neuromuscular transmission disorder such as Myasthenia gravis or Eaton Lambert Syndrome.
- If you are pregnant, undergoing IVF or breast feeding.
- If you have a skin infection at the site for treatment.
- If you have had previous adverse, sensitivity reactions to any botulinum toxin.
What Does the Treatment Involve?
It is important to identify where the sweat glands are most active. This is done by applying iodine solution to the treatment area, then dusting with starch powder. The area turns blue/black where there is sweat production. These areas are then marked out and cleaned prior to injection with injections spaced approximately 2cm apart. The needles are tiny, with injections very superficial to the skin with most clients reporting the procedure as a tolerable discomfort rather than pain.
Pre procedure preparation –
Please shave underarms and avoid using over the counter antiperspirants or deodorants 24 hours before treatment. It is advisable to avoid aspirin and non-steroidal medication, vitamin E, gingko biloba and St. John’s Wort for at least 24 hours prior to treatment as these may increase the risk of bleeding and bruising. If you have been prescribed aspirin for a medical reason, it is best to continue this. If you have a bleeding disorder, or are taking Warfarin, discuss this prior to receiving treatment. it is advisable to wear a dark, loose top, preferably an old one to the appointment due to the small risk of bleeding and staining from the iodine solution used.