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Sweating is a very important way for the body to lose heat. However, people with hyperhidrosis produce sweat
in amounts far greater than needed and this can have a profound effect on their daily lives, including their confidence.
There are two main types of hyperhidrosis:
Focal hyperhidrosis is the more common type involving excessive sweating on the feet, hands and in about 30 to 40% of cases, the armpits. Botox is recommended for the treatment of focal hyperhidrosis affecting the armpits when other treatments have not worked.
Generalised hyperhidrosis affects the whole body. It is much less common and is usually caused by another illness such as an infection, diabetes or when the thyroid gland is overactive. The excessive sweating usually stops when the illness is treated.
It has been estimated that up to 1% of the population has some form of hyperhidrosis. It usually starts during the teens and twenties.
It is caused by over activity of one type of sweat gland, the eccrine gland. These are found all over the body surface
but are concentrated on the palms, the soles of the feet and the armpits. Triggers to normal sweating are many and the
same is true for hyperhidrosis. The difference however, is the amount of sweating.
Examples of these triggers can include:
People with hyperhidrosis can produce a large volume of sweat. This means that the hands, feet, chest or armpits may be constantly damp. This can make day-to-day activities difficult to carry out and can cause embarrassment at work or socially. However, it is important to note that hyperhidrosis does not cause body odour as this is caused by bacteria if sweat remains in the area for a long time.
There are a number of self-help precautions that you can take if you suffer from hyperhidrosis. This includes:
Botox is a treatment given by injection into the skin. It is recommended for the treatment of hyperhidrosis in the armpits.
Botulinum Toxin is a very pure preparation of a protein, Botulinum toxin type A. When small doses are injected into the skin, Bo.tox blocks the action of the nerves that supply the glands that produce sweat. Bo.tox will block the nerve endings but over time new nerve endings do grow to replace them. The effect of treatment last for several months but eventually it will wear off and repeat treatment is required.
Using a very fine needle, a small amount of Botox is injected into 20 to 30 places, spread evenly across the armpit. A course of treatment takes about 30 minutes.
You should notice a positive change within a week; responses do though vary between patients.
In a clinical trial, sweat production was reduced by 83% one week after treatment. Furthermore, sweating was reduced by at least half in 95% of patients. Your next treatment can be given when the effects of the first course wear off, this usually happens after 4 to 6 months. Your doctor will advise you about when to return for further treatment.
Softening facial lines on the facial area, i.e.
It is also very successful at treating excessive perspiration (hyperhidrosis), which can be a problem for some people.
A very small amount of Botulinum Toxin is injected into the treatment area on the face using a small needle so discomfort is minimal. Many patients compare the feeling to a small prick. No local anaesthetic is needed, and you are able to continue with your normal activities or work immediately.
It relaxes the muscles under the skin. Facial lines that are formed by the pulling of the underlying muscles will then diminish or disappear.
Not at Xavier G. Medi-Spa! We always offer you a topical anaesthetic cream to make the treatment comfortable for you. Dr Xavier is also very careful and we never rush you!
The effect starts to work in about 2-5 days, with the greatest effect being seen after about 2 weeks when we will review your treatment and if a top-up or adjustment is required we will do this free of charge for you to ensure that you are happy with the outcome.
3-4 months depending on each person's response. Repeat treatments have been shown to have a longer effect.
Treatment with Botulinum Toxin can typically be carried out indefinitely.
There are no pre-treatment requirements. After your treatment, we ask that you frequently move the muscles that were treated and not lie down on your back for four hours.
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