Hyperhidrosis Treatment (Excessive Sweating).
Here at the London Lip Clinic, we are pleased to be able to offer our clients Hyperhidrosis Treatment. Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) can be effectively treated using Botox injections in problem or affected areas. This treatment is extremely effective treatment in significantly reducing sweating in different regions of the body. The amazing results last up to 6 months before the treatment needs to be repeated.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis typically affects; the scalp, the armpits, the feet and hands, and the groin area. These areas are most affected as there are more sweat glands present compared to other areas of the body. In Generalised hyperhidrosis, the whole body is affected by excessive sweating. In focal hyperhidrosis the excessive sweating affects only certain areas like the hands and feet.
Some people suffer with hyperhidrosis from birth, and others find that it develops at a later stage. Commonly, excessive sweating will start to affect people in the adolescent stage of life. This condition is sometimes caused by a medical problem, or there may be no known cause.
In primary focal hyperhidrosis certain areas are affected but the cause is unknown. In secondary hyperhidrosis, the excessive sweating is caused by a medical condition, such as hyperthyroidism, a tumor, gout, obesity, diabetes, or menopause.
The Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis
When excessive sweating interrupts your daily routine, this is known as hyperhidrosis. Sufferers can experience excessive sweating which occurs episodically. In focal hyperhidrosis, there is no other reason for the sweating which causes disruption to day-to-day activities. In some cases, changes to lifestyle and habits are known to ease the symptoms.
The symptoms of hyperhidrosis can include:
- Excessive sweating which noticeably seeps through the clothes
- Sweating for most of the time
- Wet or clammy hands and feet
When you have hyperhidrosis you may experience:
- Becoming withdrawn from social activities, which in some cases leads to depression
- Feeling self-conscious about the sweating
- Feeling reluctant to make contact with others due to excessive sweating on the palms
- Worrying about the effect of the sweating on your clothes
- Suffering with skin problems due to excessive sweating
- Wanting to take part in job opportunities where there is no need for physical contact or interaction with other people
- Worrying about body odour for most of the time
- Spending a lot of time trying to deal with the sweating, such as washing frequently, changing your clothes, wearing dark or bulky clothes, and continually wiping the sweat away
The Causes of Hyperhidrosis
Sweating is the body’s built-in mechanism for temperature regulation. When your temperature rises, the nervous system sends signals to your sweat glands to start working in order to cool you down. If you get nervous, your palms start to sweat.
Primary focal hyperhidrosis is the most common form if this health issue. With primary focal hyperhidrosis, the nerves which control sweating become overactive (overactive sweat glands). They start working even though they have not been triggered by activity or a temperature increase. When you are under stress or you feel nervous you may find that the sweating gets worse.
This type of hyperhidrosis will typically affect the hands and feet or the face. Primary hyperhidrosis does not have a known medical origin. It can be that the condition is hereditary as it seems to run in families.
When excessive sweating is caused by a medical condition, this is known as secondary hyperhidrosis. This type of hyperhidrosis is far less common and is more likely to produce excessive sweating all over the body. There are several conditions that can cause this type of hyperhidrosis. They include:
- Issues with the thyroid gland
- Particular types of cancer
- Low blood sugar
- Heart attack
- Nervous system disorders
It’s important to note that certain medications can also cause excessive sweating. Withdrawal from opiates will also cause these symptoms.
What is Hyperhidrosis Treatment?
Hyperhidrosis Treatment utilises Botox injections in order to block the nerve signals which cause excessive sweating without major side effects. This stops the sweat glands from working as hard as they did before the treatment. As the nerves regenerate over time, maintenance treatment is required at 4 to 6 monthly intervals. This treatment is highly effective in combating issues with excessive sweating in hyperhidrosis sufferers.
Although sweating is a completely natural bodily function for regulating our body temperature, some individuals find that they sweat more than is needed for temperature regulation. Typically, this can seriously affect a person’s quality of life by playing havoc with their daily routine and their ability to socialise with others. Many people find that the condition is embarrassing to live with and they feel ashamed. This is both upsetting and isolating for sufferers. Hyperhidrosis Treatment with Botox offers the ideal solution to this problem.
Botox injections utilise botulinum toxin treatment which is able to block the signals from the nerves involved in excessive sweating. This prevents the sweat glands from producing excessive amounts of sweat. As the nerves regenerate over time, maintenance treatments are needed to maintain the results. With this treatment, clients typically find that in time, they can go for longer periods of time without needing treatment.
Pre-Appointment Care for Hyperhidrosis Treatment with Botox
After initial consultation and if you are a suitable candidate, and go ahead with having Hyperhidrosis Treatment with Botox in your underarms or your palms of the hands and soles of feet you will need to do the following in preparation for your appointment:
- When the underarms are being treated, avoid wearing antiperspirant for 24 to 48 hours before your appointment. The area will be wiped with a special cleansing agent and alcohol before your treatment begins.
- If you are having treatment under the arms, wear loose clothing on the day. Ensure that you’re comfortable after your treatment in what you’re wearing. This will help you to avoid any rubbing or chafing when your treatment is complete.
- When the palms of hands and feet are being treated, some people find that taking a mild analgesic one hour before treatment is helpful.
- For all areas, a numbing agent is applied to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
Post-Appointment Care for Hyperhidrosis Treatment
After having treatment, you’ll be able to resume your daily activities straight away. Typically, there are very few side-effects associated with Botox Hyperhidrosis Treatment.
It’s important to avoid applying any pressure or massaging the area that was treated after your appointment. In some cases there will be some pinpoint bleeding; however, this will clear up fairly quickly. Rarely, it’s possible to develop some bruising in the treated area. It may feel sensitive when you touch it. Any rare issues like this will clear up within a week of treatment. It’s quite common to have some swelling or redness that clears up in less than an hour.
The Benefits of Hyperhidrosis Treatment with Botox
Botox is a recognised treatment for hyperhidrosis in people who get no relief from aluminium chloride antiperspirants alone. They must have had to try the use of topical anti-perspirants before Botox treatment. Botox treatment has been studied for many years around the globe for its benefits. Botox has been made famous for its effectiveness in aesthetic procedures, however, in at least 20 different countries, it has been approved for using in the treatment of excessive sweating under the arms.
Botulinum toxin injections are able to temporarily stop the chemical signals responsible for triggering sweating in the area that is treated. The chemical signals are interrupted and the excessive sweating stops. Injections of Botox are administered just below the skin’s surface where it is effective for up to 6 months.
Researchers have been able to show that Botox is both safe and effective for treating excessive sweating in the hands and feet, the armpits, the head, and the face. It’s also used effectively and safely in other areas such as under the breasts. When Botox is used to target excessive underarm sweating, this results in a decrease in sweating of 82-87%.
The results of the treatment with Botox will become noticeable between 2 to 4 days later; however, the best results will happen within 14 days. The results have been shown to last from between 4 to 12 months, so retreatment is necessary as maintenance. It’s also important to consider that some studies have shown that the effects can last even longer than this.
Research shows that Botox Hyperhidrosis Treatment is both safe and effective for repeated use. Continued use results in an improvement to a patient’s symptoms, quality of life, and daily routine. Through having the treatment, individuals with hyperhidrosis also benefit from feeling that they are able to do better at work as their productivity is increased.
The Process of Hyperhidrosis Treatment with Botox
In order to rule out any underlying medical condition that could be causing excessive sweating you’ll need to see your doctor. This evaluation will help you to make sure you are fit and healthy before you decide to have Hyperhidrosis Treatment with us. You may also wish to try a clinical-strength antiperspirant before making your decision to have Botox Treatment for hyperhidrosis.
Botox Hyperhidrosis Treatment is most effective when the excessive sweating is localised and in specific areas. This treatment is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women or individuals who have suffered with neuromuscular disorders. Before you have treatment here at the London Lip Clinic we will look at your medical history and discuss your options with you. Career and lifestyle will need to be taken into consideration as Botox in the hands can sometimes result in muscle weakness. We need to make sure that Botox is the best solution for you before we can go ahead with the treatment.
The process of having Botox for hyperhidrosis is extremely simple. First, the area to be treated is fully cleansed. Next, the area is numbed using a topical anaesthetic so that the treatment is as comfortable as possible. Your injections will be administered using a tiny fine needle to inject the skin near the sweat glands.
For the underarm sweat glands that is producing excess sweat, Botox is administered at 50 units for each armpit, although, this amount can vary between patients. Your treatment can take between 10 and 30 minutes to complete. The time your treatment takes is going to depend on the size of the areas being treated.
There is a chance that there will be some minor tenderness, bruising, or slight swelling afterwards. You’ll notice the results start showing about five days after your treatment. The best results will be noticeable in 14 days. Botox Treatment for hyperhidrosis has no downtime so you can return to life as normal straight after your treatment is complete.
Side-Effects of Hyperhidrosis Treatment with Botox
The most common side-effects associated with having Botox injections administered in the affected area are; reddening of the skin, pinpoint bleeding, slight swelling, and a stinging or burning sensation at the site of injection. These side-effects are nothing to worry about and will soon pass.
There are also a number of side-effects which are far less common. These include; headaches, an itchy rash, hair loss, hot flushes, an abnormal odour to the skin, and numbness in the fingers and hands. Side-effects which are quite rare include; stiffness in the joints, muscle pain, weakness, anaphylaxis, and nausea. The rarest side-effect from having Botox Treatment for hyperhidrosis is muscle weakness.
If you do experience an allergic reaction from having Botox you will need to get medical attention straight away. Although rare, anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction which urgently needs treating because it can be life threatening. Make sure that you have your treatment performed by a doctor. This way, if you do have a reaction to the Botox you’ll be in capable hands.
If an allergic reaction starts when you get home and you have symptoms such as; hives, difficulty breathing, feeling faint, difficulty speaking, problems with swallowing, and swelling of the face or tongue, seek medical help immediately. Although rare, these side-effects are very serious indeed and you’ll need medical treatment right away.
Common Patent Concerns
As stated earlier, it’s not recommended to have Hyperhidrosis Treatment with Botox if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or you are trying for a baby. Let us know if you’re taking any new medications at the moment or if there have been any changes in your health lately. We will check your medications and let you know if you can go ahead with the treatment.
If you have any further questions about Hyperhydrosis Treatment we will be happy to answer your queries here at the London Lip Clinic. Always have excessive perspiration treatment with medical doctor who has had years of experience. Consider coming to see us for a free consultation at our Harley Street London Clinic to discuss your treatment plans. You can overcome issues with hyperhidrosis with the right course of Botox Treatment.