Hyperhidrosis – Treatment for Excessive Sweating
Hyperhidrosis is a condition affecting approximately 1% of the population. It causes excessive sweating, a problem that can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. It is believed by most experts that hyperhidrosis is caused by the brain mistakenly sending a message to stimulate the sweat glands unnecessarily, but hyperhidrosis can also be brought on by:
- Spicy or heavily salted food
- Family history of hyperhidrosis
Solutions to the problem of excessive sweating include good hygiene and wearing loose-fitting, cotton clothes, however in many cases this is not enough to prevent the problem entirely. At The Smile Practice we provide Botox as an effective treatment for hyperhidrosis.
How does it work?
Hyperhidrosis occurs when the eccrine sweat glands in the skin become overactive. These glands are located in your underarms, palms of your hands and soles of your feet, the areas that secrete the most sweat. Injecting small doses of Botox into these areas blocks the action of the nerves supplying the sweat glands, which can prevent sweat production.
Before we begin your treatment at The Smile Practice, we’ll discuss your medical history in thorough detail to rule out any possible medical causes. When you’re ready to go ahead with treatment, we will use a micro needle to inject the Botox into your skin. We only use tiny amounts of botulinum toxin protein and apply it to the affected areas in a grid-like formation.
The procedure lasts between 30-40 minutes and you can carry out normal daily activities within two hours. Excessive sweating usually decreases noticeably within two days and the results can last from anywhere between 6-12 months, after which we can provide repeat treatment.
Benefits of Botox for hyperhidrosis
Although Botox isn’t a miracle cure for hyperhidrosis, it can dramatically improve your confidence by reducing excessive sweat production. This means you’ll be able to enjoy your day-to-day life without having to consider the effects of hyperhidrosis. For example, you’ll be able to go on holiday to hotter destinations, exercise without worry or even just hold hands with a loved one without having to worry about excessive sweating.
Despite the fact that individuals have different responses to treatment, research suggests an average of 87% reduction in sweat production one week after Botox treatment, with significant reduction in 95% of patients.
Are there any side effects?
Botox is a very safe procedure and does not typically produce side effects. You may experience mild bruising after the procedure but this should subside within a few days.