Hyperhidrosis

WHAT IS HYPERHIDROSIS?

The hyperhidrosis treatment consists of a series of small injections in the affected area of Botulinum Toxin. This helps reduce excessive sweating by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat gland.

HOW DOES THE TREATMENT WORK?

Botox® is a neurotoxin. It works by temporarily preventing the eccrine glands from producing sweat. Patients usually notice a difference between 1-2 weeks after treatment.

HOW POPULAR IS THIS TREATMENT?

Anti Wrinkle Injections have been used to treat millions of patients worldwide. Botox® has been used in the UK for over 10 years. It’s the world’s most popular non-surgical treatment due to the remarkable results.

WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED?

For excessive sweating it is normally the underarm which is treated. The hands and feet can also be treated; however, this may require a specialist for feet treatments.

WHAT HAPPENDS DURING MY CONSULTATION?

This treatment is simple, quick and safe. You can resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure. Many people have their treatments in their lunch-time, for example, and return to work straight afterwards.

The first time you visit a clinic, a detailed discussion with a practitioner should realistically and clearly highlight your expectations of the cosmetic effect from this treatment. The practitioner should then be able to tell you if this is how they see the treatment working for you. If your expectations and theirs do not match each other, do not proceed until you are entirely happy with what they are telling you.

The practitioner may then take a medical history to make sure that there are no reasons why you are not suited to be treated with botulinum toxin. Then you would normally be asked to sign a consent form indicating that you have understood what the treatment may do, the potential side effects and also that the drug is not currently licensed for this specific use in the U.K..

Photographs may also be taken by the practitioner with you smiling and frowning and with your face at rest. This will be used as “before and after” images to show you how successful your treatment has been.

All this may happen in your first visit. If you are happy to proceed further, the practitioner may also give you a first injection at this time. Equally, you may decide to keep your treatment separate from the consultation and consent process and not begin the procedure until your next consultation.

WHAT HAPPENDS DURING MY TREATMENT APPOINTMENT?

step 1

 

Preparation

Local anaesthetic topical cream can be applied to the areas to be injected prior to the treatment if necessary, the skin is cleaned with alcohol.

step 2

 

Treatment

the Botox® is mixed with a small amount of sodium chloride and injected using a syringe with a tiny needle. The Botox is injected into muscle/just underneath the skin. Some patients describe this as a pinch.

WhAT IS THE AFTERCARE ADVICE?

You will be given verbal and written advice. You may return to normal activities straight away but avoid exercise and perfumed deodorant/body spray on the day of treatment.

HOW LONG DO THE RESULTS LAST?

Around 6 months. This can be longer depending on the individual, lifestyle and metabolism.

  • Anyone allergic to any of the ingredients in Botox Cosmetic® (Botulinum Toxin A, Human Albumin, Sodium Chloride)
  • Skin infection at the injection site
  • Anyone who has disease affecting your muscles and nerves (i.e. Lambert-Eaton Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast-feeding (It is not known if Botox can be harmful to your unborn child or if this passes through breast milk, unable to research this)
  • Also tell us if you are taking any medicines including herbal as some may be contraindicated, such as of you have recently had an injection of an intravenous antibiotic or taking muscle relaxants.