Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is a common condition affecting many people. Palmar hyperhidrosis or sweaty palms is the most common form of hyperhidrosis, causing excessive sweating of the hands. Hyperhidrosis can also cause excessive foot, underarm and facial sweating. It is thought that hyperhidrosis is a result of over activity of the sympathetic nervous system.
Sweating is often uncontrollable, embarrassing and not anticipated. Normal sweating is needed for temperature regulation however in people suffering from hyperhidrosis, sweating exceeds the body’s need for physiological temperature regulation. Hyperhidrosis is an inherited problem that has been seen in almost every ethnic group. People don’t get used to living with hyperhidrosis but they continue to suffer throughout their lives from it.
Hyperhidrosis can have severe physiological consequences such as cold and clammy hands, dehydration, and skin infections secondary to damage of the skin. It can also have devastating emotional effects on an individual’s life. It is a medical condition with severe negative psychological consequences. Unfortunately friends, relatives of affected individuals and even most doctors usually do not understand the tremendous negative impact that this condition can have on one’s life.
Excessive Sweating treatments involve the use of Botulinum Toxin A. This is a natural protein that is released by a bacteria known as Clostridium Botulinum and we all know the potential nasty effects of this protein when it is released in large quantities after the bacteria is ingested – a condition known as ‘Botulism’. Botulism is a serious condition because the protein is what they call a ‘neurotoxin’ i.e. it affects the nerves and can at its worst cause paralysis of the body where excessive quantities have affected the body’s nervous system.
Botulinum Toxin A was isolated by scientists over 5 decades ago and since then it has been a recognised method of treating many conditions including migraines, muscle spasms in cerebral palsy and strokes, jaw clenching (known as Bruxism), excessive sweating (known as Hyperhidrosis), involuntary muscle contractions and just recently irritable bladder syndrome. Its effects as a neurotoxin, ultimately led to its effective use in many recognised medical conditions. When injected in specific diluted doses its effects are predictable and easily controlled.
When injected into skin it works as a temporary block to the transfer of impulses from the brain to the small muscles responsible for transferring sweat from the glands within the skin. This stops the muscle from contracting and reduces the amount of sweat released onto the surrounding skin.
Yes, this treatment does involve the use of tiny little needles and there is some discomfort involved with the injection. This discomfort is minimised by the use of anaesthetic creams prior to the treatment and the use of ice packs during the treatment.
It is extremely rare to get any bruising from the injection but try not to take any medications or natural supplements for a day or so before the treatment that might encourage bruising e.g. Nurofen, Aspirin and Fish Oils. You can go right back to what you were doing be it work or play!
The effect from Botulinum Toxin A injections occurs 2-3 days after the injection and reaches its peak effect after about 10-14 days. The effect lasts a few months gradually wearing off from around 3 months onwards. It is advisable to repeat the injections every 6 months to achieve the best results otherwise the full effects will usually wear off after 6 months depending on the dose used and the area injected.
Each single area will require a minimum of 50 standard units of muscle relaxant product to achieve a desired result. So as an example, each individual under arm area will require a minimum of 50 standard units to effectively reduce sweating and if both underarm areas are treated you will need 100 units in total.
Excessive sweating treatments are performed by Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic Nurses.
Note: Pricing is for 2 areas treated with 100 Standard units if using Product B or Product X and for 250 D units if using Product D.
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