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Excessive sweating

Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) is a condition characterized by uncontrollable and excessive sweating that goes beyond what is necessary for regulating body temperature.

 

It most commonly affects the underarms but the scalp and palms are other areas are sometimes treated. This condition can have a significant impact on your self-esteem, confidence and overall quality of life.

The same injectable product that we use for anti-wrinkle treatment is also a highly effective treatment option for treating excessive sweating. We can use it to target the sweat glands and block the release of sweat for 6+ months.

What are excessive sweating treatments?

The cause of hyperhidrosis is genetic, made worse with stress, drugs & excessive caffeine intake. This type of sweating is called primary idiopathic  hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis has several characteristics:

  • It stops in your sleep

  • Re-commences upon awakening

  • Often runs in families (1in 4)

Stress and anxiety can sometimes play a part in hyperhidrosis and so working with a psychologist is occasionally suggested too.

Key features of excessive sweating

Consultations

Consultations for excessive sweating treatments are 45 minutes. If you are suitable for a treatment, treatments can be done on the day.

Multiple indications

Dr Jake treats the underarms, scalp and palms. (The palms require an anaesthetic block to remove the pain and make it impractical to drive immediately after)

Outstanding satisfaction

Excessive sweating treatments can hugely improve your quality of life and confidence. Social anxiety from the embarrassment of sweating can be reduced and you'll feel more comfortable.

Excellent longevity

Excessive sweating treatment results last 6+ months on average. 

Excessive sweating treatment areas

Downtime & aftercare of excessive sweating

Generally there is minimal downtime after an excessive sweating treatment but it's typical to expect:

  • Some mild redness and 'swellings' of the area. This will settle in an hour or so after the treatment.

  • Bruises may occur and this is self-limiting

  • Mild tenderness can be expected and again this will settle over the next few days

  • How do wrinkle treatments work?
    Wrinkle treatments are performed using tiny injections. They work by temporarily and reversibly blocking nerve signals to specific areas of the facial muscles, allowing the muscles to relax. As a result, the skin overlying the muscles also relaxes, smoothing out the visible lines. Over a period of on average 4 months, the treatment wears off and wrinkles slowly return.
  • How should I prepare for my wrinkle treatment?
    As for all injectable treatments, please come with no make up, foundation or similar on your skin. This will reduce the risk of an infection. To reduce the risk of bruising: - avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior - stop any fish oil supplements at least 5 days prior - stop any garlic, ginger, gingko biloba or ginseng in high doses - avoid any anti-inflammatory medicines (neurofen, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc) for 5 days before your treatment if possible. Prescription medicines that can make bruising much more common include warfarin or other anti-coagulants. If these are prescribed by your GP, it's not recommended to stop them. You can still have injectables but you should expect bruising to be much more common and obvious.
  • What can't I do after a wrinkle treatment?
    You can go back to your normal daily activities after a treatment except for two simple rules: 1) Don't massage, rub or wash the areas injected until the next day after your treatment. This also includes not doing things like having a massage, facial or similar straight after an anti-wrinkle treatment. (for at least 12 hours afterwards) 2) Avoid sports, exercise or vigorous activity for 12 hours afterwards. These rules help prevent the anti-wrinkle product spreading and affecting other muscles of the face that we don't want to treat. Failure to follow these increases the chance of complications, most importantly eyelid or eyebrow drooping. These are both avoidable and reversible side effects but can take several weeks or even months to settle. Avoiding alcohol after any injectable treatment until the following day also reduces your risk of worsened bruising.
  • What are the potential side effects?
    The most common side effects include: - Mild discomfort during the procedure - very temporary swellings and redness (that disappear within minutes) - bruising (always a risk when a needle is used) Rarer side effects include: - In less than 1% of cases, patients can very rarely experience eyebrow or eyelid heaviness (called a 'ptosis'). This is very rare, temporary and often resolves in three or four weeks on it's own. This might be caused by a failure to follow the after care rules described above. In this scenario, some special eyedrops might be prescribed to you to help lift the heavy eyelid but you'll need to be reviewed in person first.
  • Do anti-wrinkle treatments hurt?
    The injections only take minutes to perform and no special measures are needed. Dr Jake uses the smallest needles available and most patients are pleasantly surprised at how easy the process is.
  • Are there any people who shouldn't have a wrinkle treatment?
    There are just a few but important conditions that are contraindications to wrinkle treatments: - Pregnancy or breastfeeding. (Patients trying for a baby, undergoing IVF or who are unsure if they are pregnant will also be refused treatments) - Rare neurological diseases such as Myasthenia Gravis Those taking the following medicines should also not have these treatments: - Aminoglycoside antibiotics (Gentamycin, Neomycin, Streptomycin, etc) - Penicillamine (used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis) - A known allergy to human albumin A detailed medical history will be taken prior to your treatment but it is your responsibility to declare any medical problems to us in good time.
  • How often should I have treatments?
    If the recommended dose is done on the day of your treatment, the results will last 2-4 months on average. Most people therefore come every 3-4 months to help maintain a consistent appearance.

Excessive sweating FAQ's

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