HYPERHIDROSIS TREATMENT CLINIC GLASGOW
Does underarm sweating interfere with your life? Hyperhidrosis is a common condition where a person sweats excessively, and much more than the body needs to regulate its temperature.
Excessive sweating doesn't usually pose a serious threat to a person’s health, but it can be embarrassing and distressing. The inconvenience of it can also have a negative impact on your quality of life.
Everybody sweats, it's a normal part of how our bodies regulate temperature. However, people with hyperhidrosis produce sweat in amounts far greater than needed to control their temperature.
For some people, their hyperhidrosis may be linked to some underlying condition such as diabetes or an overactive thyroid gland. For them, treatment of the underlying cause may also resolve their hyperhidrosis.
HOW DOES BOTOX WORK FOR HYPERHIDROSIS?
You are not alone if your life is affected by excessive sweating. The good news is that effective treatments with Botox are available at Cloud Nine Clinic which could significantly improve your quality of life.
Botox is a relatively new treatment for people with hyperhidrosis. Botulinum toxin is a powerful protein that can be used safely in minute doses. Around 12-20 injections of botulinum toxin are given in the affected areas of the body, such as the armpits, hands, feet or face.
The procedure takes about 30 minutes. The toxin works by blocking the signals from the brain to the sweat glands, reducing the amount of sweat that is produced. We see the efects lasting from 6 to 12 months.
F.A.Q. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HYPERHIDROSIS TREATMENT
Botulinum toxin type A, commonly known as ‘Botox’, is a treatment given by injection into the skin. It is licensed in the UK for treating localised hyperhidrosis of the armpits (axillae). This drug has been used for many years to treat muscle spasms affecting the face, eyes and neck and for foot problems in children with cerebral palsy. It is also used widely used for cosmetic purposes.
Botox is a preparation of protein which, when small doses are injected into the skin, blocks the nerves that supply the eccrine glands; this prevents the glands from producing sweat.
The treatment is not a cure for hyperhidrosis – it only provides temporary relief. It needs to be repeated approximately every six months for maximum effect.
Sweat glands are actually in the skin, not underneath it. When you sweat, a chemical messenger is sent to the sympathetic nerves that meet your sweat glands, turning the sweat ‘on’.
When Botox is injected, the toxin blocks the chemical messenger sent to your sympathetic nerves and so it does not reach the sweat glands. Without the chemical message, the glands cannot turn on the sweating.
Botox permanently blocks the nerve endings and so sweat cannot be produced. Within 6-12 weeks, your body starts to produce new nerve endings. These new endings can receive the message to turn those particular sweat glands on, so mild sweating returns. Within 4-12 months, all of the new nerve endings have been produced and the chemical message can be received, turning all of the sweat glands on again. Sweating returns to normal and the treatment has finished.
Our medical professional will have a consultation with you before the treatment. This helps to determine where sweating occurs at its worst and to ensure that you have no health problems that Botox may interfere with or worsen. You will then be told the possible side effects of the procedure to forewarn you of any unwanted symptoms. It is important to note that you will be awake during the procedure and this is perfectly normal and common practice.
Firstly, the site of injection will be cleaned to avoid infection. Secondly, any anaesthetic that is required will be administered, but this is generally not necessary in the axillae. Thirdly, you will be injected with a very fine needle which will introduce the Botox. Botox is used most frequently with sweating under the arms (axillae), with each armpit administered around fifteen injections which are completed relatively quickly.
Treatment for the hands and feet is a bit different in that injections can be rather painful and the treatment will take longer. making the procedure a little . Most Botox procedures are over within 15-45 minutes, depending on the site of injection.
It can take up to a week for the Botox to start working properly so it is important not to expect a miraculous disappearance right away. Your medical professional may ask you to avoid massaging the area or putting pressure on the injection site for a few days, and to avoid strenuous activity. The site may be a little painful and small bruises can form, but these symptoms go away within a day or two.
Many patients experience muscle weakness when they have had botox, but this does wear off eventually. Some patients have experienced an increase in sweating in another part of the body.
The Botox treatment can often cause flu-like symptoms, tiredness and blurred vision, possibly arm and neck ache for those who have injections in their armpits. These are all temporary symptoms and should disappear in a few days, and not everyone experiences them. There are no severely uncomfortable sensations or effects which should affect your daily life and there are rarely any complications.
Botox for hyperhidrosis is not recommended for pregnant women or mothers who are breastfeeding. It is also unsuitable for those with muscle or nerve disorders or on medications for nerve or muscle problems. Those with neuromuscular disease, Myasthenia Gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome are also unable to have this treatment.
"Botox offers a way of controlling the facial creases that form in the dynamic muscles of the face, and reducing the appearance of those that have already formed. This means we can deliver the impressive results they seek, every time."
– Cloud Nine Clinic -