Hyperhidrosis is excessive or uncontrollable sweating. This condition is very common and can be very embarrassing. It can erode self-confidence and lead to social isolation because constant moisture can encourage fungal overgrowth leading to odour.
It usually occurs in the armpits but can occur in other areas such as the face, palms, and feet. When it affects the armpits, it can cause people to limit the type of clothing and colour of fabrics worn. Deodorants can be ineffective and cause skin irritation due to excess use.
In addition to emotional issues, it can result in physical problems such as feeling cold, having clammy hands and dehydration.
Skin infections result from repeated rubbing of the skin as one attempts to remove the excessive sweat.
Sweating normally happens when the nervous system triggers the sweat glands to produce fluid to cool the body. This can happen in response to heat, physical activity or stress. In Hyperhidrosis, the nerves become overactive and trigger the sweat glands even without the stimuli such as heat or physical activity. Hyperhidrosis often runs in families (genetic) and may be triggered when you feel nervous or stressed.
Anti Wrinkle Injections are an extremely effective treatment for hyperhidrosis of the armpits (also known as Axillary Hyperhidrosis). Anti Wrinkle Injections prevent the sympathetic nerves (which normally controls sweating) from being activated and stimulating the sweat production. It is a minimally invasive procedure with fast and effective results that lasts many months or up to a year.
Almost any area can be treated however the most common areas are:
Treatment varies according to the area treated. Treatment for armpit sweating takes about 15-20 minutes to perform. To minimise discomfort, ice or a topical anaesthetic cream can be applied however most people have minimal discomfort with ice alone. Very fine needles are used to inject the Anti Wrinkle Injections in a grid pattern in the armpit.
Treatment time and techniques for other areas vary depending on the area treated. Some areas are more sensitive such as the palms and require other forms of anaesthetic.
Areas such as the face are less sensitive and are well tolerated without any anaesthetic. The most common areas of facial sweating are Forehead and above the lips.
The cosmetic impact needs to be considered when treating facial sweating as the Anti Wrinkle Injections used are the same as those used for treating facial lines. At Face To Face Medical the clinicians are highly experienced and individualize every treatment to ensure an excellent cosmetic result when treating excessive sweating of the face.
Dr Dahlia Tauber is an educator and lecturer in the use of Anti Wrinkle Injections for hyperhidrosis and has had over 25 years’ experience in assessing and treating patients for this condition. She is the author of the widely used manual in the use of Antiwrinkle Injections which includes Hyperhidrosis.
There are other treatment options for treating Hyperhidrosis depending on the area involved. These include Aluminium chloride cream, medication (anticholinergic), Iontophoresis, a Thermal energy device, and invasive surgery (endoscopic sympathectomy - destruction of the sympathetic nerves to the upper limbs).
Normal activities can be resumed immediately after treatment. Temporary redness, swelling and bruising can occur but are uncommon. A reduction in sweating can be seen within 2 weeks.
Results usually last between 6 and 12 months.