Hyperhidrosis is the medical terminology for excessive and uncontrollable sweating, affecting over 110,000 patients in Australia.
The inability to control perspiration, is a problem that often starts during teenage years, it can lead to tremendous self-consciousness, loss of self-esteem and reluctance to participate in everyday activities.
Sweating is a natural, normal and important bodily function that helps keep your body cool and free of toxins. For a minority of people, though, excessive sweating can lead to social awkwardness and embarrassment.
The most effective treatment method for excessive sweating is Anti wrinkle injections. This treatment is fast and non-invasive. Anti-wrinkle injections are commonly used to treat hyperhidrosis located in the armpits (axillary). Topical anaesthetic gel applied to the skin prior to treatment to ensure a completely pain-free experience.
Once the gel has been applied, a starch-iodine test is used to determine the precise areas of the skin that will be treated by the injections. Following this, the serum is injected into the identified areas of the skin at approximately 1 to 2 cm intervals. Although injections can be used to effectively treat excessive sweating in other areas of the body such as the feet and hands, the pain can be quite unpleasant and patients will typically require some type of sedative, to help dull the discomfort.
How Does The Treatment Work?
The anti-wrinkle injections inhibit the nerve signals of the sweat glands that they are inserted into, causing a dramatic reduction in perspiration. Although sweating is the body’s natural mechanism for regulating body temperature, the armpits contain only a fraction of the body’s total sweat glands and preventing them from sweating rarely leads to increased sweating in other regions of the body.
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
Treatment sessions are quick and easy, and the entire process normally takes no longer than 40 minutes to finish. Once the treatment has concluded, you will be able to resume your daily routine as usual.
How Many Treatment Sessions ?
It must be noted that anti-wrinkle injections are not a permanent solution to hyperhidrosis. The injections will effectively control your sweating for up to 12 months (depending on the amount used) but it varies from patient to patient.
Small to large areas: 5-6 months
Extra Large areas: 9-11 months
Your underarm sweat levels will steadily improve, and you will typically see optimal results around 2 weeks after your treatment session. Additional treatment sessions are required to ensure continued dryness. With successive treatments, we will often be able to regulate your sweating.
Side Effects and Downtime
Anti-wrinkle injection treatment for hyperhidrosis is very safe and the side effects are minimal. Some patients may experience mild pain at the location of the injection.
No heavy lifting or physical exertion the day of treatment and the patient can go to work