What is excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis?
About 1.93 million in Britain have a medical condition named primary hyperhidrosis better known to you as excessive sweating. However, it can be treated.
Sweating is a normal body function that helps maintain a body temperature of around 37°Celsius through evaporation. Excessive sweating occurs when the amount of sweat largely exceeds the quantity required for thermoregulation. Common areas affected are underarms, face, hands and feet. Excessive sweating is a medical condition that involves overactive sweat glands. Sweat is your body’s temperature regulator. In primary hyperhidrosis, sweating significantly exceeds the body’s normal requirements for cooling.
How does Botulinum Toxin treat excessive sweating?
Botulinum toxin is a natural, purified protein with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical in the nervous system that is responsible for "turning on" the body's sweat glands. By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, botulinum toxin "turns off" sweating at the area where it has been injected. In addition, botulinum toxin has been shown to be an effective method for treating other conditions, such as migraines, excessive sweating, and muscle spasms, among others. With little downtime and almost immediate results, BOTOX® can help you stop excessive sweating in the treated area.
How much does it cost?
Price starts from £150. More details...
Can I use other methods to stop my excessive sweating?
Most of those who suffer from the problem of excessive sweating would swear that conventional remedies like antiperspirants and oral medication or even surgery have no long-term impact on their condition and they would probably be right. A big advantage of Botox is that it provides relief from excessive sweating for at least four months and even 10 months in some cases.
What do I need to know before the treatment?
Of course, before starting treatment, you’ll want to discuss your medical history and what you can expect from your treatment with your Skin Revive cosmetic doctor. Botox Cosmetic® should not be used if you have a history of previous allergy to botulinum toxins or are on antibiotic medications. They may not be suitable for those with an active infection such as acne at the injection site or a history of disease affecting your nerves and muscles.
In addition, to help make your doctor's visit more productive, we've compiled a list of things to think about and do before you go.
- First, gather information on all the treatments you use or have used.
- When evaluating your excessive sweating problem, your doctor will probably have questions about when you developed the condition. Think back: how old were you when you first noticed your excessive sweating?
- To help your doctor determine your health risks, your genetic tendency toward hyperhidrosis, or whether you have any medical conditions that can cause secondary hyperhidrosis, note whether you or anyone in your family suffers from diabetes, anxiety disorders, or excessive sweating. Also, note the areas of your body affected by excessive sweating, such as hands, feet, underarms, head, or face. If you experience excessive sweating of any of these areas, you may have focal hyperhidrosis. The treatment described on this site is for focal hyperhidrosis.
What is the treatment like?
During the procedure, a very fine needle is used to inject small amounts of botulinum toxin just under the skin near the sweat glands responsible for excessive perspiration. There is a possibility that during the procedures some sweat glands may be missed. As a result, you may continue to experience some sweating from the untreated areas. If this happens, it's important to talk to your doctors so that he or she can re-evaluate the sweating areas and perhaps "fill in" the gaps with additional injections.
Are there any side effects?
In rare cases patients reported localised pain mild bruising and hemorrhage at the place where the injection is administered, though such instances are truly exceptional.
Botulinum toxin is also not recommended for the treatment of pregnant or breastfeeding women and those who are allergic to drugs that fall under the albumen group. Additionally sufferers of hyperhidrosis who have other neurological disorders do not qualify for botulinum toxin treatment.
What happens after the treatment?
You should notice a significant reduction in sweating within 4 weeks of your first treatment. Once the treatment becomes effective, you may be able to stop using dress shields and carrying extra changes of clothing, and you can probably use a regular deodorant instead of a prescription antiperspirant. There is a possibility that some sweat glands may be missed, and you may continue to experience some sweating from the untreated areas. If you do not see a significant reduction in sweating, you should request a follow-up consultation.
How long does it last?
Although the nerve endings are blocked, new nerve endings will begin to grow to replace them, normally after 6 to 12 weeks. Most people notice a slow return to sweating approximately 6-7 months following treatment when it can then be repeated.
Where does the sweat go?
BOTOX® neurotoxin injections temporarily stop production of sweat in the treated areas only. Sweat continues to be produced elsewhere. Your sweat doesn’t go anywhere or get backed up, because the sweat simply isn’t produced in the areas treated with BOTOX®. Remember, the rest of your body is free to release moisture normally. And if you were to stop BOTOX® treatment, the sweating function would return to normal, which, for over a million of people in the U.K is excessive.
"Think of it this way: say your armpits were like water taps. Just because those taps were shut off for an extended period doesn’t mean that water can’t come out elsewhere in the plumbing. BOTOX® treatment is like that: it only affects the treated areas and is reversible with time."
What happens if I stop the treatment?
The effects will normally wear off after a period of 6-7 months. If you decide to stop treatment there will be no lasting change in the areas treated. Sweating will gradually return to the level it was prior to treatment.