What is Hyperhidrosis (excess sweating)?
Hyperhidrosis, or “excess sweating” is a common condition where a person sweats a lot more than the body requires, in order to regulate their body temperature.
Hyperhidrosis is thought to affect over one million people in the UK with the most common areas affected being armpits, palms of your hands, soles of your feet and the face and chest.
How is this condition caused?
It’s not a serious condition and there is no definite way of outlining the causes of hyperhidrosis, although some doctors do believe it is caused by problems with the nervous system and the condition can run in families.
It can either affect certain parts of the body, known as focal hyperhidrosis, or the whole body, known as generalised hyperhidrosis – which can be a side effect of taking a certain medicine or due to an overactive thyroid.
But, if the condition is not treated, it can affect you physically and also mentally. You may find you have body odour and you also have an increased risk of fungal infections and skin conditions such as athlete’s foot, warts and eczema.
It can become very embarrassing and upsetting for those affected by it. If you are feeling down, depressed or having little interest in doing things that you would usually do for fun, then you should seek help.
How can I get rid of it?
Dr. Thevendra of ‘APSARAS Aesthetics’ is a qualified GP with a wealth of 27 years practise and 14 years of experience in aesthetic medicine. He is a specialist in, and passionate about, non-surgical skin and body treatments and uses Botox to help treat hyperhidrosis.
Botox works by injecting the medicine into the affected areas (i.e. underarm) and it temporarily blocks the chemical signals from the nerves. When the chemical signals are blocked they stop passing information onto the sweat glands and therefore, excessive sweat is not produced.
Where does the excess sweat go?
The sweat doesn’t go anywhere as it simply isn’t produced in the areas where Botox was injected. The rest of your body will produce moisture as normal.
How long does the treatment last?
The treatment takes around ten to fifteen minutes and generally lasts for 201 days (just over 6 and a half months).
What happens afterwards?
There is no recovery time after having Botox. The procedure may cause a small amount of redness, swelling or bruising immediately after but this should fade very quickly and you will be able to return to your lifestyle instantaneously.
What are the benefits of choosing Botox?
Over 81% of patients who have had Botox to help their excess sweating, have reported that they achieved a 50% reduction in sweating. Choosing Botox is a quicker, easier and cheaper way of treating the condition without having to go under the knife or fork out loads of money.
It costs around £175 – £300 depending where and how many parts of the body are affected.
Don’t sweat about hyperhidrosis, just book a consultation with Dr. Thevendra and seek the treatment you need.