What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a common condition in which a person sweats excessively. The sweating may affect the whole of your body, or it may only affect certain areas, commonly armpits, palms of your hands and soles of your feet.
The sweating doesn’t usually pose a serious threat to your health, but it can be embarrassing and distressing. It can also have a negative impact on your quality of life and may lead to feelings of depression and anxiety.
In many cases hyperhidrosis has no obvious cause and is thought to be the result of a problem with the part of your nervous system that controls sweating. This is known as primary hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis that does have an identifiable cause is known as secondary hyperhidrosis and can have many different triggers including pregnancy, anxiety and certain medications to name a few.
When severe sweating gets in the way of certain daily activities and antiperspirants are not working, you may be a suitable candidate for Botox treatment.
Which areas can be treated with Botox?
- Palms and fingers
- Soles of your feet
How does Botox help to control excess sweating?
Botox is injected into the affected areas to help control this condition by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands do not receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops.
What happens during the consultation?
During your initial consultation with our advanced nurse practitioner, you will be asked about your medical history, whether you are currently taking any medicines, and whether you have had any Botox treatments in the past. You may also be asked your expectation of the treatment results.
What happens during the procedure?
Our advanced nurse practitioner will clean the areas for treatment and apply anaesthetic cream prior to treatment. Please be advised for underarms we will require the area to be freshly shaved, including men, and will need not to be allergic to iodine. A series of small Botox injections are injected into the relevant areas through a very fine needle. The appointment lasts 60 minutes and you will be provided with after care advice on the day of your treatment.
When will I start feeling the results and how long does it last?
Effects are not fully observed until approximately 1-2 weeks after the treatment. At most the treatment can last for up to eight months although your symptoms will return gradually. It is recommended to have the treatment every 6 months to receive the best possible results. A plan for regular follow-up treatments to maintain the initial result can be created for you.
Treatments cost £400 for both underarms, hands or feet.
Clare Gonzalez is an advanced nurse practitioner who has completed her Botox training on a cosmetic course designed by leading plastic surgeons. They are the most recognised trainers in the country.
For more information or to book your consultation with our advanced nurse practitioner please contact Roundwood Health Clinic on (01226) 282560.