Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. “Hyper” stands for “too much” and “hidrosis” stands for “sweating” that means too much sweating.
Excessive sweating happens when a person sweats more than is necessary. Sweating cools the body, which prevents us from overheating. It’s necessary to sweat but people who have hyperhidrosis, sweat when the body does not need cooling.
Hyperhidrosis can seriously affect careers, personal life and even personalities. Over time the effect of the condition can result in low self- esteem, as sweating can be associated with socially unacceptable odour and patches on clothes. It can be treated or controlled to regain the lost self- esteem.
Topical medications, oral medications, iontophoresis, and surgery have proven to have limited success in the majority of patients suffering from Hyperhidrosis and some of these hyperhidrosis treatments have unwanted side effects. Botulinum toxin type A injection has been found to give effective relief from this embarrassing condition.
So don’t sweat and try this simple cure.
Botulinum Toxin or BOTOX® which is a proven treatment option for wrinkle relaxation, is also commonly used to treat Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating). It is a highly purified protein produced by the naturally occurring bacterium Clostridium botulinum and related species which is able to temporarily block nerves responsible for switching on the body’s sweat glands. The treatment interrupts the chemical messenger and switches off sweating in the area injected.
How does hyperhidrosis occur -
Hyperhidrosis is caused by overactive nerves that control the sweat glands, or the eccrine glands. These glands are found virtually all over the body surface and not surprisingly the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet and in the armpits and produces excess sweat in the case of hyperhidrosis.
What areas can be treated by BOTOX®?
It is safe for most of the body areas with excessive sweating but the most commonly treated areas are:
Palm of hands
How Botulinum toxin A or Botox® work as hyperhidrosis treatment method-
Botulinum toxin is injected into the affected area in order to prevent the sweat glands from over producing sweat. Sweat glands are stimulated by nerves that release a chemical called acetylcholine and cause sweat production. Botulinum toxin, when injected into the vicinity of the sweat glands, blocks the release of the acetylcholine, thereby temporarily reducing or abolishing sweat production. Thus Botox® blocks the communication between nerves and sweat glands.
Tiny injections of Botox® are administered to the affected area. The procedure takes 10-20 minutes to perform. A topical anaesthetic cream or injections can be applied before the Botox® is injected to numb the skin or ice can also be used during the procedure. Taking Paracetamol 1 hour before the procedure can also reduce discomfort. The needle that is used is a very thin which is the same size as an acupuncture needle. A series of injections will be subsequently administered to the desired treatment site. Tiny pinpricks can be felt.
Risks and complications -
Botox®* injections are safe when performed by an experienced doctor. The risk/complications are very rare if they do occur, are usually mild and temporary which may include:
Swelling or temporary redness or bruising at the injection site
Soreness at the injection site. This is the most common side effect and should settle within a few hours.
Occasionally slight Headache
Pain during the treatment
Flu-like symptoms such as a headache, fever, fatigue, sore throat etc.
Mild dry mouth
Occasional temporary muscle weakness if the hands are treated.
At the Aesthetic Beauty Centre, our treatments are performed by trained and experienced medical personnel and hence side effects are minimal. However, it should be stressed this only affects a small minority of people.
Downtime and Recovery -
After 2 hours, normal activities can be resumed including exercise. Botox®* treatment causes very minimal discomfort during the procedure. Botox®* is a non-invasive and effective non-surgical treatment. It has no downtime or recovery period, and you can resume your normal duties immediately after treatment. You should try and avoid the sun for the rest of the day, and ensure you don’t rub or irritate the treated area.
In approximately 3 to 5 days after the Botox® injections, a decrease of sweating in the treated areas will be noted but it may take 7-14 days to reach full effectiveness. Generally, improvement starts as early as 3 days. The effects usually last for approximately 4 to 8 months but it may extend up to 12 months as every person is different. Repeat treatments can be administered as the effects begin to wane.
Here at the Aesthetic Beauty Centre, we’ve been successfully practising a Hyperhidrosis treatment for many years with the injection of Botulinum toxin A. Botox ® is currently used at the Aesthetic Beauty Centre to decrease sweating in the underarms, forehead, palms and feet.
Qualified doctors and Nurses will discuss the procedure before any treatment, explaining any possible side effects.
To know more about Botox®* and the costs - feel free to book a consultation with us here http://www.aestheticbeautycentre.co.uk/contact-us/