Excessive sweating - Hyperhidrosis
A common, and often embarrassing condition, Hyperhidrosis (the medical term for Excessive Sweating) can affect both men and women of any age, although it often begins during the teens or twenties.
It has been estimated that up to 1% of the population has some form of Hyperhidrosis. The good news, however, is that it is easily treatable with Botox®.
Botox® is approved in more than 75 countries and has been used therapeutically for 20 years to treat a variety of medical conditions, and is in fact one of the most widely studied and researched medicines in the world. Dosing specifically to treat excessive underarm sweating was given FDA approval in 2004. No longer do businessmen have to keep a jacket on in centrally heated rooms to disguise sweat stains on a shirt; or rush to the washroom and run their hands under the tap before meeting an important client!
How it works
Sweating is one of the most essential ways in which the body loses heat, however sufferers of Hyperhidrosis produce sweat in far greater amounts than that needed to control body temperature.
Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis include excessively sweaty palms, sweaty hands, armpits, feet or facial blushing.
Sufferers of Hyperhidrosis can produce a great amount of sweat, which means that the armpits may be constantly damp, making normal everyday activities difficult and causing embarrassment professionally and socially.
To treat Hyperhidrosis, small doses of Botox® are injected into the skin to block the actions of the nerves that supply the sweat glands; this then prevents the glands from producing sweat.
What can I expect?
To prepare for the treatment, the patient should:
• Shave the underarm area
• Stop using deodorants or anti-perspirants 24 hours prior to treatment
• Rest comfortably without exercise or hot beverages for approximately 30 minutes prior to treatment.
The treatment takes about 30-40 minutes and is fairly comfortable.
How many treatments will I need?
Different people respond differently to treatment. A clinical trial revealed that one week after treatment the average reduction in sweat production was 87% and 95% of patients found that sweating was significantly reduced.
Within the first week following treatment you should notice some change for the better. It takes about two to three weeks for the full effect to kick in, and it lasts for up to six months.
Over a period of several months the effects of Botox® will wear off. We recommend that you have a treatment every 6 months to keep the results at an optimum.