Excess sweating can be a debilitating condition. It can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks, such as shaking hands or wearing certain types of clothing.
Also called hyperhidrosis, this condition can affect anywhere on the body, but is most commonly affects the hands, underarms and scalp.
There are a number of treatment options available for excess sweating. During your consultation, we will discuss your individual needs and goals. We will also review your medical history to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be causing your excessive sweating.
Wearing loose, dark or white cotton clothing and avoiding triggers (such as spicy food and alcohol) can sometimes help.
These are more effective than deodorants at reducing sweat. We recommend products that contain aluminium chloride.
Suitability for this treatment will be at your doctors discretion and only after a thorough medical consultation.
Consultation takes 30 minutes
Treatment, if suitable, takes 30 minutes
Optimum results in 14-21 days
Repeat treatment every 6-9 months
Topical anaesthesia usually not required
Complications are rare
Before the Treatment
When you come in for your consultation, we will assess your suitability for the treatment based on medical history, medications, allergies and an examination. It is important to establish whether you have primary or secondary hyperhidrosis, and it may be necessary to see your GP first to rule out any underlying causes of your excess sweating.
We advise you to attend your appointment with your underarms shaved (both male and female) as this can help us cleanse the area thoroughly before injection and see the injection points more clearly. Your underarms will be exposed during the treatment, so wearing a vest or sleeveless top can be helpful. Dark, loose-fitting clothes can be useful on the day of treatment as there may be some slight staining from the treatment. Any deodorant worn will be removed before the treatment.
During the Treatment
We predominantly treat the underarms for excessive sweating. However, this treatment can occasionally be performed on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and scalp; however this would need to be discussed on a case-by-case basis with Dr Tunney or Dr Goddard.
We use Allergan Botulinum Toxin (Botox) for this treatment and source the product legally and from a reputable pharmacy. As doctors, we can prescribe this medication after seeing you at your consultation if we deem it appropriate to proceed with the treatment.
Generally speaking, this procedure is very well tolerated. The needle used is very small, and only small amounts are injected at a time. Most people describe it as a ‘pin prick’ or similar to having acupuncture. If you are very concerned about pain, then anaesthetic options can be discussed at your consultation.
After the Treatment
It is very normal after any injectable procedure to have some degree of tenderness, however, this should resolve very quickly.
You can go about your normal life straight after your appointment as long as you can keep the treated area clean and avoid heavy, sweaty exercise and hot showers, saunas and steam rooms.
Most people begin to see an improvement in their symptoms from around day seven after the treatment. This can vary from person to person.
Most people return for their next treatment between four and six months after the first treatment when you notice the sweating starting to increase again.
Using botulinum toxin