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Sweating is an important bodily function that is performed to keep your body cool and prevent you from overheating. However, some people experience a condition called hyperhidrosis which is marked by an overactive sweat mechanism also known as excessive sweating. This excessive sweating can occur at any time, even when your body doesn't need to cool off. This can be a source of embarrassment for many people. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help you get the relief you need if you suffer from hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis typically causes excessive sweating in your:
- Palms of your hands
- Soles of your feet
Botulinum toxin injections work very well in most cases of hyperhidrosis. Injections are placed in the underarms to lessen excessive sweating. The injection discomfort in this region is very minimal. Cosmetic injections can also be administered in the hands and feet to reduce sweating in these areas.
The cost for Hyperhidrosis treatment is £450 for both underarms.
Additional areas that can be treated with injections include, sagging jawlines, bunny lines, gummy smiles, masseter/ jaw hypertrophy and TMJ problems- Please enquire for prices.
How does the hyperhidrosis injection work?
Botulinum toxin injections work by blocking the nerve endings that supply the eccrine glands, these are the glands that produce sweat. This result slowly fades and by about 6-8 months new nerve endings grow and sweating return.
What will happen during the treatment?
The hyperhidrosis treatment takes about 30 hours to perform and is done using very small needles. The toxin is injected into the skin in about 10-15 areas approximately 2cm apart. The pain felt is minimal as the needles used are very fine. Most patients complain of a mild stinging sensation.
When will the treatment take effect?
This can vary from patient to patient but you should notice a difference within a week and there should be 90% sweat reduction by 2 weeks
Are there any alternatives?
- Antiperspirants and deodorants are useful and should always be tried prior to considering Botulinum toxin injections;
- Prescription medications such as anti-cholinergic agents (e.g., Propantheline tablets) can help general sweating tendency but are not without side-effects, such as dry mouth, blurred vision, drowsiness, etc;
Iontophoresis: This can be useful for sweaty hands and feet