Hyperhidrosis Treatment with Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox®)
Sweating is a normal bodily function designed to help us regulate our core temperature. Sometimes however the process can get out of control and the body sweats in excess of what is required for normal body temperature regulation – a condition known as hyperhidrosis.
The problem usually starts during childhood or adolescence and typically affects the underarms, palms or soles. In the first instance the problem is best managed with a trial of topical agents designed to reduce sweating. For many people however this provides inadequate relief and some patients may decide to proceed with a more invasive treatment such as injections of Botox or surgery.
Nerve branches of the autonomic nervous system stimulate the glands, which produce sweat.
Botox works by blocking the transmission of signals from these nerves to the sweat glands, and therefore stops the production of sweat. The toxin is delivered to the sweat glands by a series of injections into the skin. Although the needles used are very fine, the treatment can sting and a local anaesthetic cream is usually used to reduce the pain associated with the treatment.
The results of the botulinum toxin treatment are usually obvious by the first week following treatment and generally last 6-9 months before sweating gradually returns. Although the treatment is very effective in the majority of patients, up to 5% will not get a satisfactory result. It is also possible that the body may compensate by sweating in excess elsewhere in the body.
The areas recommended for Hyperhidrosis Treatment are:
- Axillary Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating of the Underarms)
- Palmar Hyperhidrosis (Sweaty Palms/Hands)
- Plantar Hyperhidrosis (Sweaty Soles/Feet)
At SkinMedico, we offer you a full medical assessment prior to your first treatment. We will advise you on an individualised plan of treatment to suit your needs. This process gives you a great opportunity to ask all the questions that you might have and discuss the treatment plan.
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