Severe underarm excessive sweating and perspiration, called hyperhidrosis, is a serious issue for two in every hundred adults and affects both men and women. Excessive underarm excessive sweating is caused by overactive sweat glands. The condition can be embarrassing for sufferers and can greatly impact their daily lives.
Common signs of hyperhidrosis include:
- Changing clothes frequently due to sweat stains.
- Avoiding certain fabrics and styles of clothes.
- Experimenting with lots of different antiperspirants and deodorants.
- Putting absorbent materials under clothing.
- Frequently buying new clothes to replace damaged ones.
Hyperhidrosis Basic solutions
Applying an antiperspirant is the most common method for dealing with sweating but, if the sweating level is severe, this will have a limited impact.
Metallic salts such as aluminium chloride are used in standard antiperspirant products to block sweat ducts and reduce the amount of sweat that reaches skin level. However, these metallic salts can be irritating to skin and cause damage to clothes. There can also be an ‘overspill’ effect, where the level of sweat building up under the skin can no longer be contained and is released anyway.
Recommended alternative remedies include relaxation techniques, acupuncture and natural plant derivatives, but there is little clinical evidence to recommend these treatments.
In cases where all other treatments have failed, a specialist may recommend electrical or surgical treatment. However, this is a relatively invasive procedure. Botox has the ability to treat hyperhidrosis and is relatively simple and non-invasive.
Botox for hyperhidrosis – the advantages
Botox is a quick treatment, taking only 10 or 15 minutes to apply, yet has impressive and long-lasting results. It is also a minimally invasive, low-risk procedure and rarely causes discomfort. The procedure does need to be repeated to maintain the effect, usually only two or three times a year. It is a clinically proven method which has been widely researched and used successfully for several decades.
When injected under the arms, Botox blocks chemical signals from the nerves and reduces stimulation of the sweat glands, which in turn reduces the production of sweat. The needle used is very fine, which minimises discomfort; and only about 15 injections are required, although this will vary from patient to patient.
Within four weeks, a significant reduction in underarm sweating should become apparent.
Side effects from HYPERHIDROSIS TREATMENT
Side effects are rare, but it is important to be aware of them. As with any medical or beauty treatment, if you feel unwell or strange afterwards, you should seek medical advice quickly.
You should act in particular urgency in the event of the following:
- Trouble swallowing, speaking or breathing.
- Loss of strength and/or general muscle weakness all over the body.
Skin Medical’s clinicians will fully assess your suitability for Botox treatment before proceeding, to ensure your safety.
hyperhidrosis treatment at skin medical
The Botox procedure is only performed by doctors or qualified nurse prescribers at Skin Medical. We only use FDA-approved Allergan botox, which has been rigorously tested for its safety and effectiveness and is regarded as the gold standard in botulinum toxin type-A. Our clinics are registered with and regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to ensure high standards of patient care. The consultation will be with the nurse or doctor who will perform the treatment. Patients will discuss their medical history and presenting problem, the treatment itself and expected outcomes, and will be given the opportunity to voice any concerns or questions. Patient satisfaction is our core concern.