Hyperhidrosis - Anti-Sweating Botox® (Botulinum toxin) injections
Men are increasingly asking for anti-sweat procedures using Botox® to freeze the sweat glans and stop perspiration. For many men, hyperhidrosis adds an extra level of stress to the daily commute, meetings and their personal and working relationships. Botox® offers a practical, cost effective solution and produces excellent results.
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) is a very common condition, which has two main types. Focal hyperhydrosis is the more common type and involves excessive sweating on the feet, hands, armpits and occasionally, the face. Generalised hyperhidrosis is less common.
Excessive sweating affects about 4% of the western population; it often interferes with the individual's life by causing psychological problems, such as cold and clammy hands, dehydration, and skin infections secondary to maceration of the skin, as well as emotional consequences due to embarassment, limiting daily activities, interfering with interpersonal relationships, necessitating frequent changes of clothes, etc.
The benefits of Botox® (botulinum toxin) injections
Treatment for hyperhidrosis by Botulinum Toxin can offer a life-changing solution for patients. By injecting low doses of Botox® into the underarm, for example, it can reduce the
transition of impulses and thus sweating activity by temporarily blocking the nerves that stimulate sweating for three to eight months.
Botox® injections offer a safe, approved and non-surgical solution to the hyperhidrosis. Botox® is a temporary solution and its effects are fully reversible. Botox® injections are quick and convenient to administer (typically taking 20 minutes) and Bellissima offers some of the most competitive Botox® prices.
How does Botox® for hyperhidrosis work?
Botox® for hyperhidrosis works by preventing the tiny muscles around the sweat glands from contracting and producing sweat.
What does the treatment involve?
After a consultation, numbing cream is applied to the area to be treated (this area may need to be mapped out using iodine solution and corn flour in certain cases). A series of injection about one centimetre apart are injected into this area, followed by anti-bruising cream.
What are the side effects?
It is common to have small raised bumps of skin at the injection site; these may be slightly red and will go down about 20 minutes after the treatment (please feel free to wait in our waiting room enjoying a cup of tea until these go down!).
Bruising at the injection site may occasionally occur; this will resolve quickly.
It is quite common to experience a mild headache after Botox® injection to the face. This can be easily treated with over-the-counter painkillers.
What are the complications?
Complications are unlikely. However, sometimes there may be patchy results and in extremely rare cases, there has been a migration of the product into surrounding muscles with resulting arm weakness.
What should I do or not do following the treatment?
For the next four to six hours, do not rub or massage the area, avoid strenuous exercise, avoid hot baths, showers or saunas, do not lie flat and avoid alcohol.