Excess Sweating Treatment
Sweating is a normal healthy bodily function, however, if you feel you are experiencing excessive sweating then you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis. This condition is more common than you might think, affecting around two in every 100 people in the UK. Thankfully, there are treatments to help with your overactive sweat glands so you can live a normal life again.
This excess sweating disorder can be triggered by medical conditions like thyroid disorder, diabetes, nervous system disorders, menopause, and obesity, certain prescription drugs may also induce excessive sweating. While this condition doesn’t cause physical harm to most people, it can have a negative effect on their quality of life.
People with hyperhidrosis may sweat a lot even when the environment is not warm or when they are not exercising. This can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, causing people to shy away from public situations and relationships. Although in most cases there is no clear cause for this condition and could be hereditary there are two main types of hyperhidrosis.
Before & After Images
Prior to Treatment:
During your medical consultation an assessment will take place along with your medical history and make sure you are suitable for the treatment.
The Botulinum toxin will be injected precisely into the treatment areas and takes around 15 minutes to complete. The result will gradually appear and final result will be achieved 2 weeks after the treatment
Patients might feel slight sensitivity in the area for the twenty-four hours, which settles on its own. No down time or recovery is required and normal activities can resume immediately. However it is advisable not to lie down for a couple of hours after the treatment and avoid strenuous activity/saunas/other facial treatments for up to 24 hours.
Avoid touching, rubbing or applying makeup on the treated areas for 4 hours. It is best to avoid alcohol and exposure to excessive sunlight, at least two days prior to treatment. Aspirin should be stopped five days before treatment in order to reduce bruising.
*Specific aftercare instructions will be given to you on the day of your treatment.
Frequently asked questions
The diagnosis of excessive sweating is usually made by the history and examination alone. Occasionally, further tests will be carried out if there is a chance your sweating may be due to a medical condition.
At the Harmony Clinic, we offer Botox which is a safe and effective treatment approved by the EU AND FDA to treat excess sweating.
Botox can be used to disable the eccrine and apocrine glands and prevent them from producing and secreting sweat from the body. Small doses of Botox are injected in a grid pattern to the affected area which blocks the actions of the nerves that supply the sweat glands, which can prevent the glands from producing sweat.
The procedure is simple and safe and only takes about 30 minutes for your appointment. A topical anesthetic cream will be offered before the procedure to minimise any discomfort you may feel from the injection. Shaving underarm hair at least 12 hours before the procedure is recommended to reduce the risk of infection and is recommended to avoid antiperspirants on the day of treatment.
Research has indicated that although individuals respond differently to treatment, the average reduction in sweat production one week after a Botox treatment was 87%, with sweating being significantly reduced in 95% of patients. You can expect results to last from 6 months to one year.