Excessive sweating (also known as Hyperhidrosis) affects both men and women and can become an embarrassing problem, affecting peoples lives in a myriad of negative ways.
Once sweating disrupts daily activities, such as the clothes you choose to wear, the way you travel to work, the environments in which you can speak publicly, it can become a significant burden.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for frequent or excessive sweating. Sweating is the body’s natural cooling mechanism, but when the body produces more sweat than is necessary to cool the body, this is known as hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating is most common on the forehead, palms of the hands, the soles of the feet and the underarms.
Sometimes there are underlying medical reasons why this may be happening, and we encourage all our patients to investigate these before deciding upon which treatment is most appropriate. Often there is no underlying cause identified and the condition is described as “Idiopathic” or “Primary”.
At Face Clinic London we have been treating such cases for many years with great success.
What is the treatment and how does it work?
During your consultation, several treatment options will be considered. One such treatment involves Botox® injections. These injections relax the tiny sweat glands located just under the skin. These sweat glands normally produce sweat, which then travels up the sweat duct and out through the pores onto the surface of the skin. With these sweat glands in a more relaxed state, they no longer over produce sweat and that excessive sweat is no longer seen or felt at the skins surface.
What areas can be treated?
Treatments work well for excessive underarm sweating and excessive facial sweating.
What does Botox® sweating treatment involve?
Your Doctor will have a short consultation with you to ensure which treatment is right for you. Botox® is a very popular way to combat excessive sweating when other methods have failed.
For treatment with Botox® injections, numbing cream is applied to the skin to make the procedure more comfortable.
The treatment itself takes around thirty minutes and involves having very small injections just under the skin in the affected areas.
Does it hurt?
The injections are relatively painless and can feel like a small sting. A numbing cream is applied beforehand to make the procedure more comfortable.
Are there any side effects?
The main benefit of Botox® treatment compared to the alternatives is that the treatment is very straightforward and there are relatively few side effects which may include a little soreness in the area treated which quickly subsides. There is no down-time and patients can return to their daily activities immediately.
How long does do results last?
The treatment is usually very effective; resulting in an almost complete cessation of underarm or facial sweating that can last up to six months from just one treatment session. It is important to note that Botox® injections for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) is not a cure. Symptoms will eventually return and further treatments will be required.
Who will perform your treatment?
Treatment with Botox® and other injectable treatments, is still largely unregulated in the UK, allowing for wide variation in the qualifications and experience of practitioners, and the standard of treatment provided to patients.
At Face Clinic London your treatment will always be carried out by a Doctor. Both our Doctors are fully GMC registered, Save Face Accredited, and engage in regular training to remain able, skilled and professional in the treatments they provide. Both our Doctors also work within the NHS and undergo regular appraisal and revalidation.
It is important that you feel comfortable with your Doctor, not only in their ability and knowledge, but also on a personal level. We encourage all our patients to carefully research the practitioner offering them treatment, and only to make an informed decision on proceeding with treatment once they are comfortable with their impression, their experience and their qualifications.