HOW DOES THE HYPERHIDROSIS TREATMENT WORK?
Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. Hyper means “more” and hidrosis means “sweating.”When people have hyperhidrosis, they have the normal amount of sweat glands but their sympathetic response is higher. This means that when they begin to sweat, they overproduce sweat.
Excessive sweating is treated by administering an injection of the protein botulinum toxin to the overactive sweat glands, which are identified by first applying a powder to the skin. The protein acts by blocking excess nerve signals to the sweat glands, thus reducing the amount of sweat the body releases.
This treatment is safe and generally lasts 5-6 months before any top-up is required. Patients describe the results as genuinely liberating and life-changing.
Popular areas for excessive sweating treatment include:
- armpits / underarm area
Frequently Asked Questions
There are more sweat glands in these area of the body than anywhere else but hyperhidrosis can also affect the body, groin, face and scalp.
If your hyperhidrosis is caused by a family genetic predisposition, then it is unlikely that you will outgrow hyperhidrosis.
You will probably not need to have another treatment for at least 6 months, normally around 6-9 months. Following repeated treatments, the effects tend to last for a longer period of time. Your practitioner will discuss with you the results which you can expect to experience and advise repeat treatments that will be suitable for you.
Most patients simply carry on with their normal daily activities.
Patients notice the sweat lessening almost immediately and within a couple of days, it has normally dried up completely.
This varies for each individual. Some patients require a top-up or repeat treatment as early as 3 months, while others report up to 9 months.