Whether it’s through exercise, stressful situations or simply being exposed to the summer sun, at one time or another, all of us sweat. Its function is to maintain the body’s core temperature. Yet for some people, sweating is not something that occurs from time to time. Sweat patches and clammy hands are a daily struggle and can often be a cause for embarrassment.
Excessive sweating is a condition known as Hyperhidrosis, and it currently affects more than two-million UK residents. Hyperhidrosis is typically seen in the armpits, hands and feet, however, the torso, face and scalp may also be affected.
Botox is clinically proven to be an effective treatment for hyperhidrosis. Localised injections of Botox block the neurotransmitter that stimulates the sweat glands. This reduces sweating at targeted locations, such as the armpits. Success rates are close to 100% and patients report the results as life-changing.
Harpenden Skin Clinic uses both Botox and the lesser-known Azzalure to treat hyperhidrosis (both are compounds of botulinum toxin type A). Azzalure spreads a little further from the injection point than Botox meaning fewer injections are needed.
Botulinum Toxin is a protein that occurs naturally in the body. It inhibits the stimulation of nerves. This results in the relaxation of muscles, and, in the case of fighting hyperhidrosis, a reduction in sweat.
A numbing cream will be applied to the area being treated to reduce feeling at the injection site. The needles used to administer Botox are small and fine, so pain is usually minimal.
Anti-bruising cream is applied to the treated area to minimise the visible after-effects of the treatment.
Botox treatments start to work right away, and the results can last between 6 and 12 months.
For six hours following the procedure, we advise patients not to rub the treated area. You are also advised to avoid alcohol, strenuous exercise, and hot baths, showers and saunas. Your physician will provide you with more detailed post-treatment instructions.