Hyperhidrosis, also commonly known as excessive sweating, is a condition that can affect the whole body, or it can be isolated to certain areas such as the hands, soles of the feet, groin, underarms, or scalp. Sweating is a normal bodily function that is perfectly normal if you’re hot, doing physical exercise or anything that requires physical exertion. But if you find that you’re sweating uncontrollably, in vast amounts, whether it’s hot or cold or you’re moving or sitting, then you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis.
Excess sweating causes stress and embarrassment for many people and often gets in the way of normal daily activities. If this is the case for you, you might be a suitable candidate hyperhidrosis Botox. We all have between two and four million sweat glands in our bodies, which are activated by our sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves. Botox temporarily inhibits the release of acetylcholine, the chemical messenger that our nerve cells release to activate the sweat glands. Therefore, by blocking this chemical pathway, Botox temporarily stops sweating in the area where it has been injected.
After treatment, symptoms tend to improve within one to two weeks, and most people experience an 82 to 87 per cent decrease in sweating. The effects will last four to six months – usually six in the armpits but only three or four in the hands and feet.
What are the benefits of treatment?
- It’s a quick solution to excessive sweating – treatment takes just 10 minutes
- It’s a highly effective excessive sweating treatment
- It leaves skin dry with reduced moisture
- It’s the most effective way to keep symptoms of hyperhidrosis under control
- It improves confidence and self-esteem
- It reduces stress, anxiety, and unhappiness
What areas can be treated?
- Palms and fingers
- Face including forehead, nose
- Head or scalp area
Is there any pain or downtime?
Botox to the hands and feet can be painful because of all the nerves in those areas. To help minimise any discomfort, we use a very fine needle and we will numb the area using a topical numbing cream. The area may be slightly red following treatment, but this should subside after a few hours. Following treatment, you can continue with your daily activities as usual.
How long do the results last?
The effects will last four to six months – usually six in the armpits but only three or four in the hands and feet. We recommend visiting the clinic for a follow-up appointment every three months to maintain results.