Sweating is a natural body process that helps to regulate our temperature and cools us down when our bodies overheat. It allows us to detoxify and cleanse our systems, and even helps to fight off bacteria. However, it is estimated that 365 million people worldwide suffer from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), primarily affecting the underarms, hands and feet. This can result in clothes chafing uncomfortably, skin blistering, clothes staining and can cause social anxiety.
Hyperhidrosis is a recognised medical condition and typically is an inherited one, although it has been linked to underlying conditions such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism or heart disease.
Hyperhidrosis sufferers spend a great deal of time trying to hide and solve their symptoms. They can even start to withdraw from social activity.
Here at sk:INSPIRE, we use botulinum toxin to help and treat your underarm hyperhidrosis symptoms.
Botulinum toxin is injected in a grid-pattern to the affected area, which blocks the actions of the nerves that supply the sweat glands, subsequently preventing the glands from producing sweat. Patients that have undergone treatment report as much as an 85% reduction in sweat production in their problem area for up to 6 months.
Frequently asked questions
There are different approaches available to try and treat hyperhidrosis:
- The use of strong antiperspirants.
- Oral medications known as anticholinergics.
- Laser Treatments
Severe cases can call for surgical intervention.
You may experience some pain, redness and/or itching where the injections have been given.
There is a risk that other areas of your body may sweat more after the injections to make up for the reduction in sweating at your armpits; this is called compensatory sweating.
This occurs in 4 – 5 out of 100 people after having this treatment but usually resolves within 4 months.
Rarely, muscle pain or muscle weakness following the treatment.
We offer this treatment after a face to face consultation with a medical practitioner. A bespoke quote will be given at the time of the consultation. Please contact us for more information.