Excessive sweating or “Hyperhidrosis” as it is known, is a common problem amongst men and women and it can be very distressing and have a serious impact on daily life. People often avoid social contact because of the embarrassment caused. It affects approximately 1% of the population.
Hyperhidrosis is a medical term for excessive sweating and when it occurs “underarm” it is called “axillary hyperhidrosis”. This is caused by the stimulation of the eccine sweat glands. These respond to different kinds of stress such as emotional stress like intimate social situations, public speaking or physical stress. Some people find they suffer from excessive sweating routinely as a matter of course. Hot and humid weather also contribute.
Botox was approved by the UK regulatory authorities as a medical treatment for Hyperhidrosis in 2001.
The procedure takes approximately half an hour for both armpits into which the sweat glands are targeted by our Consultant with several small injections using a micro needle to inject small amounts of Botulinum Toxin Type A into the skin of the underarms. Heavy physical exercise should be avoided for several hours after treatment, but patients may engage in any normal activity.
Underarm sweating should reduce by around 90- 95% within 48 hrs with the full effect being seen within one week. After the treatment, patients should find relief for up to around 5-7 months, together with the disappearance of the odour associated with sweating. Further treatment would be necessary when the excessive sweating returns.