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Botox treatment for Hyperhidrosis

Cosmedocs is a specialized cosmetic surgery and treatment clinic which offers you Botox excessive sweating treatment in London with fast results. Therefore, we have developed some specialised clinics which exclusively offer the excessive sweating treatment. At those clinics, we provide you with competitive expertise and professionalism for treating your problem of excessive sweating which ensure your complete satisfaction.

Problem of excessive sweating?

Sweating normally is a normal body function which is essential for the proper functioning of our system but when the sweating increase to such an extent that it become a cause of embarrassment and interfere with your normal and daily routine, then it is a serious problem that needs treatment.

The problem of excessive sweating in men and women, force them to change their dressing after every few hours. It affects their personal style, cause damage to the fabric and shatters your confidence. Hence, we offer you the best recommended Botox treatment for excessive sweating at our specialised hyperhidrosis clinics, so that you can gain control over your sweating and start living a confident life.

We are a proud member of the International Society for Hyperhidrosis. We are dedicated to offer you hyperhidrosis treatments which will definitely make a big difference in your life. We are experienced in dealing with the problem of sweating in the most common body areas like underarms, forehead, palms, and of more complicated and complex areas like upper lips, nose, cheeks, feet and also the problem of compensatory sweating at any focal areas due to the past treatment by hyperhidrosis surgery- ETS [Endoscopic Thoracic Ssympathectomy].

What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis or problem of excessive sweating is a disorder which is characterized by the abnormal increase in the level of perspiration. This usually targets face, underarms and feet areas. This cause dissatisfaction and unhappiness in the victim. It has been estimated that 2-3% of population in the west is suffering from the issue of excessive sweating of the arm pits (axillary hyperhidrosis) or the excessive sweating of palms of the hands and sole of feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis).

Onset of Hyperhidrosis

The problem of sweating in underarms area usually has its onset in adolescence while the problem of sweating in palms and sole often starts earlier, on average around the age of 13 years. If this problem is left unattended and untreated , it might continue throughout the life span.

Impact of hyperhidrosis on the life of individual

Excessive sweating is confidence shattering problem. It not only stains fabric but can be extremely embarrassing, can adversely affect your romantic life and can also cause hindrances in the social and business interactions. In adverse cases of hyperhidrosis, it can cause serious effects on the normal working of the people. It makes it hard for them to hold pen, gripping a steering wheel of the car or even shake hands with others.

The revolutionary Botox Hyperhidrosis procedure has totally changed the once invasive procedure (ETS) to just few simple and minimally painful injections. In addition to this, there are other different treatment methods as explained below.

Types of Hyperhidrosis

Generally, hyperhidrosis is categorized in two different types.

Focal or Primary Hyperhidrosis: The cause of excessive sweating is neither due to any kind of underlying medical conditions nor due to its side effects. Instead, its cause is idiopathic (spontaneous occurrence) which equally effects the both sides of the body. It affects certain areas of the body more than others such as underarms, face, palms of hands and feet sole which sweat heavily than normal conditions.

Generalized or secondary hyperhidrosis: the cause of excessive sweating is the underlying medical conditions or its side effects. It affects the complete body instead of some specific body areas.

Reasons of Focal Hyperhidrosis

  • Primary Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis
  • Gustatory Sweating [Frey’s Syndrome]
  • Certain Neurologic Issues [Neuropathies and Spinal Injury]

Reasons of Generalized Hyperhidrosis

  • Cardiovascular Disorders [Shock, Heart Failure]
  • Toxicity [Alcoholism, Substance Abuse]
  • Malignant Disease [Hodgkin’s Disease, Myeloprofilerative Disorders]
  • Neurologic [Cerebrovascular Accident, Parkinson’s Disease, Spinal Cord Injury]
  • Endocrine [Acromegaly, Carcinoid Syndrome, Diabetes Mellitus, Hyperthryoidism, Hyperpituitarism, Menopause, Pheochromocytoma, and Pregnancy]Infection
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Drugs [Fluoxetine, Venlafaxine, Doxepin]

How to assess and evaluate the extent of hyperhidrosis?

Before starting the treatment of hyperhidrosis, comprehensive diagnosis is undertaken which usually initiates with the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale (HDSS). It is a point scale which set certain benchmarks to rate the severity of patient’s condition. It evaluates how much the problem of excessive sweating is actually interfering with the daily working routine and activities of the patient.

There patient has to choose from the various statements where every response depicts their personal condition and experiences with the problem of excessive sweating.

Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale (HDSS) Score
My sweating is never noticeable and never interferes with my daily activities. 1
My sweating is tolerable but sometimes interferes with my daily activities. 2
My sweating is barely tolerable and frequently interferes with my daily activities. 3
My sweating is intolerable and always interferes with my daily activities. 4

Treatment options for Excessive Sweating Problem

There are many different treatment options available to treat the problem of hyperhidrosis which depends on the extent of severity of the problem. After evaluating the problem, the doctor or practitioner recommend a single or a combination of treatments to cure the excessive sweating problem.


  • Topical Medication/Deodorants: these products are used with the mild level of hyperhidrosis. They help to decrease the bad body odour because of their anti-bacterial agent or mask the bad odour with fragrance.
  • Botox injection for Hyperhidrosis: At Cosmedocs, we make use of FDA certified and approved Botulinum toxin. It has been used for the Botox Hyperhidrosis Treatment since 2004. The results of this effective treatment starts showing up in just 2 to 4 days and the effects of this treatment lasts for up to six months.
  • Oral medication: Oral medication can also be used in combination with other treatments. The pills block the communication of chemicals which results in stopping the particular communications of nerves. This decreases sweating. However, there are certain side effects of these medications such as dryness of mouth, bladder problems and blurred vision.
  • MiraDry: This treatment destroys the axillary sweat glands without the need of surgery. At present, it does not cure the excessive sweating problem of hands and feet.
  • Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy: Reffered to as ETS is a surgical treatment in which the sympathetic truck nerve located in the thoracic region is destroyed. Generally it is used for the treatment of focal hyperhidrosis, Raynaud’s disease, facial blushing, and reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
  • Laser Sweat Ablation: This treatment is effective option for the underarm hyperhidrosis. Normally, this process takes up 2hours. It offers permanent and lasting cure for the problem of excessive sweating.

The benefits of non-surgical hyperhidrosis treatment

There are numerous benefits which are associated with the non-surgical hyperhidrosis treatment.


  • Small and limited incisions
  • Low pain level
  • Speedy recovery time
  • Fast and quick return to the daily routine activities

The side effects of excessive sweating treatments

There is no procedure which does not involve any kind of side effects or risk factors. In case of Thracoscopic hyperhidrosis treatment, the major side effect can be the outburst of compensatory hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating in other body areas that used to be sweating free. It can occur in 70% of the patients treated with Thoracoscopic treatment but it can be well-tolerated.

The non-surgical hyperhidrosis are not permanent like Botox hyperhidrosis treatment and the effects usually fade away in 4-12 months time depending on the treatment. It can cause the swelling and bruising at the injection site and flu-like allergy can be caused after the injections which are temporary and goes away in few days or week.

Other treatments might cause, dryness of mouth, soreness of throat and mouth , inflammation or skin irritation at the site of treatment.

Botox treatment for Hyperhidrosis

It is universally perceived about Botox that it is only effective in the cosmetic and beauty treatments, which are undertaken by celebrities to regain their youthfulness and beauty and to look more captivating on screen. However, many of the people do not know that Botox is such an amazing discovery that it treats several other kinds of medical conditions like hyperhidrosis.

Here we attempted to provide you with the highlights of advantages offered by different excessive sweating treatments. We have also provided you with an overview of the causes, symptoms and available treatment options for treating excessive sweating. We also offer you simple tips and tricks and do-it-yourself techniques which can help you in controlling and managing the condition and to help you move about and conduct your daily life activities without any major hindrance or disruption.

 

 

Does the non-surgical treatment for excessive sweating cause any pain?

The treatments for facial and underarms are minimally painful and can be well-tolerated because we make use of very fine needles and the injections are superficially placed. As the palms of hands and feet soles are relatively sensitive, cooling device is often used for numbing those areas.

How much botox is injected and do I have to pay more for the extra if required?

For the underarms treatment, 100-150 units of botox are used on average. The amount of Botox varies between men and women because men’s underarm area is larger than women. After the completion of treatment, we offer complimentary top up appointments to some people to treat their any residual excessive sweating problems. It is important to note that, the mentioned doses causes approximately 70% -80% reductions in your sweating.

How many injections of Botox I need to have to control hyperhidrosis?

This is quite a common question because people often have fear for the number of injections and the discomfort which they might feel as a result of treatment. Injections are generally injected at a distance of 1-2cm apart covering the entire effected area. So the number of injections mainly depends upon the area of treatment.

Botox is known for muscle relaxation, will it paralyze the underlying muscles?

The sweat glands are basically located between the dermis and the layer of subcutaneous fat i.e. between the skin and underlying layer of fats. Low dose injection are superficially placed, which generally leave behind a temporary visible wheal (bleb), which instantly settles down.

There is a possibility that it relaxes some of the other muscle partially as well such as forehead muscles which gives an additional benefit to such people because it soften the fine lines and wrinkles, naturally.

While treating the problem of sweating in palms, there is a probability of weakness in the fingers or hand muscles but it is usually temporary and for short time. The permanent weakness of muscles is a rare possibility in treating the hyperhidrosis in underarms.

Is Botox for Hyperhidrosis Safe?

It is a relatively safe treatment for excessive sweating. There can be small bruises and swelling in the treated area which vanish within few days. You might also feel muscle weakness around the injected area but these symptoms also go away in a week or two and do not affect the normal daily routine life.

Is botox for hyperhidrosis painful?

As mentioned earlier, there is minimal pain and discomfort after the treatment. there might be minor swelling and bruising in the treated area but will disappear in few days.

How long does botox for hyperhidrosis last?

The botox treatment for hyperhidrosis lasts for about 6 months then you again need to undertake the botox treatment for excessive sweating.

How much is the hyperhidrosis treatment price?

The price of the hyperhidrosis treatment varies with the type of treatment you choose and the area of treatment for the excessive sweating problem. The price starts from £250. You can check our price tab to get complete information about hyperhidrosis treatment prices.

What other treatments are available for hyperhidrosis?

Antiperspirants:

This is least invasive and in-expensive treatment available. It offers you large variety of options ranging from simple over-the-counter varieties to the strong prescription antiperspirants. Their major side effect can be irritation of skin. Stronger concentrations are needed for palms and soles.

Iontophoresis:

This treatment is mainly used for the sweaty palms and soles and has a long historical evidence of safety. The hands or feet of a patient are placed in a tray and a mild electrical current is passed through the water. It takes 20-40 minutes for each treatment to complete and it requires to be repeated after some days for 10 sessions. The treatment routine can be decreased to every fortnight. Through this process of Iontophoresis personal control can be exercised over the treatment but this treatment procedure is quite time taking.

MiraDry®:

It is a unique treatment for excessive sweating in underarms that is approved by FDA in the states in 2011. In this treatment, sweat glands are broken down by using the Electromagnetic energy through thermolysis (using heat). Presently, this is applicable only for the underarm hyperhidrosis treatment because a fat layer is needed underneath the treatment area. The upper skin layer remains unharmed and protected by the simultaneous cooling.

The results of this hyperhidrosis treatment for excessive sweating are permanent as the sweat glands are destroyed and they do not return back. Usually the treatment is completed in two sessions. The satisfaction rate of this treatment as rated by the patients is 90% while the average improvement in the symptoms of hyperhidrosis is 82%.

The drawbacks of this treatment are its high price which costs £1000 and more, limitation of possible treatment areas and absence of history.

Oral Medication

The medications are not effective for all types of hyperhidrosis treatment and are only advantageous for some patients. It is taken into consideration when other methods of excessive sweating treatment are not possible or have failed to produce any effect. If possible, long term medications are not given because they have other side effects which can led to some other problems.

Surgery

Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy is considered as a last resort when other non-surgical treatments for excessive sweating fail to produce desired results. The locally administered surgical treatments include laser, curettage, liposuction and excision. The aim of the surgery is to destroy or remove the sweat glands completely. Surgery is only recommended for certain areas and there is variation in its results for individual patients. The advantage of surgery is that its results are permanent but certain risks are associated with it as with other surgical procedures.

Due to side effects and complications involved, it should be considered after trying out other non-surgical treatment for excessive sweating.

Facts From Medical Literature

Botox Hyperhidrosis Treatment

Hyperhidrosis is a chronic disorder of excessive sweating that can affect any body part, including the underarms, the palms, the soles of the feet, and the face.

The efficacy and patient satisfaction of Botox® for hyperhidrosis treatment is considered to be excellent. Until now, most treatments for excessive sweating were often ineffective, short acting or had significant risks. For those suffering from excessive sweating, Botox treatments give them new hope where previous therapies have failed before.

Botox® hyperhidrosis treatment (excessive sweating) was approved in the United Kingdom in July 2001.

By blocking the release of acetylcholine, which activates the sweat glands, botox injections can relieve excessive sweating, a life-altering procedure for those suffering from the embarrassing ailment, and were approved for use under the arm in September 2001.

Previous treatments for excessive sweating for the underarms - which is known as axillary hyperhidrosis—were often ineffective and short-acting, or were associated with significant risks. Studies have shown that 80 to 95% of patients respond to one treatment session (Naumann 2001; Lowe 2003; Naumann 2003). Along with a decrease in perspiration, injections can improve quality of life (Campanati 2003) and decrease body odour (Heckmann 2003) for up to 7 months (Naumann 2003). A long-term study has shown that side effects are minimal, and repeated injections over 16 months are safe and efficacious, with 50% or greater reduction in sweating seen in 96% of patients after the first treatment (Naumann 2003).

For more information on excessive sweating, please click here to read the articles below

1. "No Sweat! A New Way to Control Excessive Sweat", as seen on Canadian Living.com

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The prices of treatment for hyperhidrosis depend on the area which require treatment and also on the type of treatment which is used for treating the problem. To know about the prices, go through our hyperhidrosis prices.