Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. Sweating is one of the most important ways in which your body loses heat however people with hyperhidrosis produce much more sweat than is needed. It is estimated that between 1-3% of the population has excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis can cause embarrassment at work or socially and can lower a person’s self-esteem.
Botox® has been licensed by Allergan since 2011 for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. By injecting Botox® into the skin in the armpit it blocks the actions of the nerves that supply the eccrine glands which prevents the glands from producing sweat.
After a consultation to define your needs I go on to perform the treatment which last approximately 30 minutes and involves approximately 15 small injections into each armpit. I offer you the option of a topical anaesthetic cream however as the needle I use is so small the procedure is relatively painless.
Within 1 week you should see a reduction in underarm sweating. In clinical trials, sweat production was reduced by 83% one week after treatment. Treatment is usually given once or twice a year. It can also be given as a one-off treatment if you have an important event to go to such as a wedding or work presentation.