Sweating is a normal and totally natural function by which the body regulates its temperature. However people with hyperhidrosis produce sweat in amounts far greater than are needed to control their temperature, often resulting in unpleasant body odour.
Hyperhidrosis is an imbalance in the body's temperature regulation process, occurring in about 1% of the population, usually starting during teenage years or the early twenties.
'It consists of excessive sweating, mostly from the underarms, hands or feet, which results in moisture lying on the surface of the skin instead of evaporating as it normally would. The majority of people suffer from moderate hyperhidrosis at some point in their lives and it affects men and women, all races and every age group.
Excessive sweating can occur at any time, in cold or hot conditions, and whether the person is calm or under stress. Most sufferers do find the problem distressing and this may worsen their condition, interfering with normal daily work and social routines due to the embarassment caused.
Incidentally, it is not hyperhidrosis itself that causes body odour, but the bacteria that thrive in the resulting damp skin environment.
Many things can trigger hyperhidrosis. Triggers can include:
Prior to treatment taking place one we will talk you through the procedure and take a medical history.
Though not really necessary, a local anaesthetic can be applied to the treatment area (usually the armpits, feet or hands) for your comfort if desired.
An iodine-and-starch test is used to locate the area where the sweating is greatest, and then using a very fine needle, a minute amount of Botulinum toxin A solution is injected into the skin at 15 or more sites, spaced 1cm apart. The treatment is very mildly uncomfortable due to the tiny pin-pricks, and takes about 35-45 minutes. In general, no pain relief is required after the treatment.
You should notice improvements 7-14 days after treatment.
Treatment totally blocks the nerve endings for about 6 - 12 weeks before new nerve endings grow to replace them.
Your next treatment should be planned before the effects wear off. This usually happens after 9 - 12 months.
In clinical trials a small number of patients experienced increased sweating in other parts of the body.
Although the injection is given into the skin, it is possible that a small amount may spread into the nerves supplying the muscles. In clinical trials about 0.07% of patients reported a slight weakness in the arm when the armpit was treated. No intervention was needed.
There may be a slight discomfort and a small amount of bruising at the injection site.
- Both armpits£400
Results last approx 9-12 months