Hyperhydrosis or excess sweating is a relatively common and socially embarassing condition. The commonest area affect is the armpits, medically known as ‘Primary Focal Axillary Hyperhydrosis’. Other areas that can be affected include the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and groin.

What can be done for hyperhydrosis?

The injection of BTXa is a highly effective treatment for hyperhydrosis. BTXa blocks signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands and as a consequence sweating in that areas reduces or ceases.

I sweat excessively, do I need treatment with BTXa?

Undergoing treatment with Botulinum Toxin is ultimately the choice of the individual patient. If you have tried and exhausted conservative measures then BTXa is most likely a viable treatment for you. Conservative measures include reducing alcohol and caffeine intake, wearing looser clothing, avoiding triggers such as spicy foods, stress reduction and advanced anti-perspirants.

What does treatment involve?

Treatment begins with an initial consultation and examination (this may involve a simple starch iodine test to identify areas of excess sweat production). If desired topical anaesthetic can be applied to the treatment area. Treatment itself involves multiples superficial injections of BTXa using a very fine needle. These are placed in a grid like fashion.

Will I stop sweating straight away?

No, treatment will take some days to work with maximum results noted at 2 weeks.

How long do the effects of treatment last?

When injected in the face the effects of BTXa typically last 3 to 4 months. We should therefore expect results in the armpits to last a similar length of time however many patients experience results which last up to 8 months.

The price for this treatment seems to vary widely, why is this?

The price for this treatment is or should be directly related to the dose of BTXa injected. When comparing the price of this treatment it is most important to know how many units or what dose of BTXa is being injected. To effectively treat hyperhydrosis doses significantly higher than those used in the face are often required. Therefore a cheaper treatment may not be the most cost effective in the long term. After individual consultation Dr Kent will advise you on the dose and cost of treatment.