What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis, characterised by excessive and uncontrollable sweating, impacts over 110,000 individuals in Australia. This condition, often starting during adolescence, can significantly impact self-esteem and hinder daily activities. While sweating is a natural bodily function for cooling, excessive perspiration can lead to social discomfort and self-consciousness in a minority of individuals.
How to treat hyperhidrosis
The most effective method to address excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is through Anti-wrinkle injections, a swift and non-invasive treatment primarily used for axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating in the armpits). Topical anaesthetic gel is applied beforehand to ensure a painless experience. Following a starch-iodine test to identify targeted skin areas, the injections are administered at precise intervals. While this treatment can effectively address excessive sweating in other areas like the hands and feet, it may cause discomfort, often necessitating the use of sedatives to manage pain.
How does the treatment work?
Anti-wrinkle injections work by blocking nerve signals to the sweat glands, significantly reducing perspiration. While sweating regulates body temperature naturally, treating specific sweat glands in the armpits rarely leads to increased sweating elsewhere. This targeted approach minimizes perspiration in the treated areas without impacting the body’s overall cooling mechanism
How many sessions will I need?
Please note that while anti-wrinkle injections can effectively manage hyperhidrosis for up to 4 to 6 months (duration may vary per individual), they’re not a permanent solution.
Optimal results are usually noticeable about 2 weeks after treatment, and additional sessions are necessary to maintain dryness. Subsequent treatments often lead to improved control over sweating
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Are there Side Effects?
Anti-sweat injections are typically safe and well-received by patients. Temporary discomfort or bruising at the injection site may occur but usually resolves on its own. In rare cases, temporary muscle weakness can happen if the medication spreads to adjacent areas, particularly in treatments for palmar and facial hyperhidrosis. Compensatory sweating, an increase in sweating in untreated areas due to reduced sweating in treated ones, is uncommon. Allergic reactions are exceedingly rare.
Hyperhidrosis Injections FAQ
Anti-wrinkle injections typically produce a sensation similar to a tiny ant bite or sting, lasting only during the injection process. The procedure involves the use of a small needle, taking just a few seconds per injection site.
Anti-sweat injection treatment is highly effective in managing hyperhidrosis, reducing sweating by approximately 85% in the treated areas, as supported by studies. The dryness usually lasts between 4 to 6 months, and subsequent treatments may be necessary to sustain the results. Patients commonly experience reduced sweating within days post-treatment, with full effects noticeable within 1 to 2 weeks.
While sweating is crucial for regulating body temperature, our treatment for hyperhidrosis via anti-sweat injections targets only a fraction of the body’s sweat glands. For instance, the armpits contain less than 2% of these glands. Blocking a small proportion of sweat glands in specific areas doesn’t pose any concerns or affect the body’s natural cooling mechanism