Hyperhidrosis is a medical disorder characterised by excessive sweating.
As well as the physical impact, hyperhidrosis can have a large psychological impact on one’s life, including poor self esteem, self confidence and sense of well being.
Excessive sweating in the underarms area can be dramatically reduced with injection of botulinum toxin type A. This treatment helps control the symptoms of severe underarm sweating by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, they stop producing sweat.
The underarms procedure entails coating the area to be treated with iodine. Once the area is dry, powdered starch is dusted over it to allow for the identification of sweat glands. Using a very fine needle, the sweat glands are injected with botulinum toxin type A.
How quickly does it work and how long does it last?
The reduction of sweating starts to take effect within a few days although it can take up to 10 days to take full effect. Typically, the reduction in sweating lasts for three to four months but can last for up to six months in some people.
Pre and Post treatment Care
For 24 hours prior to treatment it is important to avoid using deodorant or anti-perspirant. For optimum results the underarm area should be free from hair, shaving should be carried out at least 24 hours before the day of treatment. Wearing dark clothing and underwear for your appointment is preferable.
Normal activities can be resumed immediately following treatment; however it is advisable to avoid using deodorant or anti-perspirant until the next day. There is a small chance of redness or bruising, but this should resolve quickly.
Does the treatment have any side effects?
There are very few possible side effects with this treatment. The most common side effects are local reactions at the injection site, and include redness, irritation and slight bruising.
To make an appointment or for more information please call us on 01 806 3200.