Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively. Whether hot or cold, the sweating is constant and the impact for those living with hyperhidrosis can be severe. Most people produce about a litre of sweat each day, but people with hyperhidrosis can produce up to ten times as much.
Underarm excessive sweating, also called axillary hyperhidrosis, can be an embarrassing and isolating problem. It can feel as though it plays a constant part in the life of those who suffer from it – dictating what clothes to wear and certain social situations.
But there is good news; Queensway Skin Clinic can offer a safe treatment for excess sweating sufferers. If medical antiperspirants haven't helped to control the condition (some can even become more of an irritant to the skin because of the high levels of aluminium chloride – one of the main ingredients in deodorant – that blocks the pores) and other options have been exhausted, the problem areas can be treated with Botox®.
Botox® works to stop hyperhidrosis by acting as a barrier at the nerve point of the sweat glands to stop them from over functioning and prevent them from producing excess sweat.
Although Botox® is not a cure for hyperhidrosis, it does provide temporary relief for up to 8 months. The area will then need to be re-treated.
The Botox® injections are very shallow, in fact just under the skin to target the sweat glands, this also means less pain as it is not going as deep as the muscle, some describe it as the feeling of a pin-prick. After the armpits have been shaved, an anaesthetic cream can be applied to numb the area before the injections are made into the sweat glands. Treatment will take around 30 minute in total.
Botox® treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis costs £499. To book a free 30 minute initial consultation with Dr Rebecca Hierons, click here or call 01642 352445.