Have you ever suffered from embarrassing sweaty underarms at the worst possible moment? Do you struggle to get through a day in the summer without changing your shirt? We have a wonderful treatment to make these problems disappear for up to 6 months.
Hyperhidrosis – what is it and why does it occur?
It’s normal to sweat if you exercise or get hot, but sweating is excessive (hyperhidrosis) when the body doesn’t need to cool down.
Hyperhidrosis is a long-term condition that can occur for no obvious reason, due to another condition or as a side effect of medication. It’s a common condition that can affect the whole body, but especially areas such as your armpits, hands, feet, face, chest and groin.
Can hyperhidrosis be cured?
There is no surefire cure for hyperhidrosis, but it is possible to manage the symptoms of the condition.
Loose-fitting, white or black clothes can minimise signs of sweating. Socks can help to absorb moisture and wearing sports shoes while avoiding enclosed boots can help too. Avoiding the consumption of alcohol or spicy food can also help minimise symptoms.
Can excessive sweating be treated?
If your hyperhidrosis is affecting your confidence, you may wish to pursue treatment. Our resident expert clinician Jacy can help you make this decision with a consultation. If she thinks treatment will help, we can carry out the procedure in-clinic.
Hyperhidrosis treatment methods
Usually, your nervous system activates your sweat glands when body temperature rises, and this is how your body cools itself. In people with hyperhidrosis the nerves that signal the sweat glands are overactive, causing excessive, unnecessary sweating.
We use botulinum neurotoxin type A (Botox) to block the nerves responsible for activating your sweat glands. The procedure is extremely safe when performed correctly by a medically qualified practitioner. As Jacy explains, “the dose used is very low, and the Botox is rapidly taken up into the nerve endings after injection so there is no spread to other areas.”
Contraindications for treatment
Some groups of people may not be good candidates for this treatment. These include those:
- who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- diagnosed with or who have a family history of certain health conditions like myasthenia gravis or Eaton-Lambert syndrome
- with an infection
- taking any medications or drugs that aren’t compatible with botulinum toxin
- with certain psychological conditions
What’s the procedure like?
Treatment for axillary hyperhydrosis involves:
- a consultation to discuss your treatment goals
- an examination to evaluate your physical health, your family history, and the requirements of the procedure
- an outpatient session of 30 minutes or more in which we use a small needle to inject botulinum toxin into the underarm area. There will be numerous small injections in each underarm.
Cost of treatment
The treatment costs £500 and usually lasts 4 months. This is patient-by-patient dependent and can last as long as 6-9 months.