Excessive sweating (or hyperhidrosis) is an inherited condition of uncontrollable sweating due to hyperactive sweat glands. It most commonly affects the armpits, hands and/or feet of its sufferers. This condition may also significantly affect the psychological and social wellbeing of those distressed by it, causing physical discomfort and/or social embarrassment.
A very simple remedy for those with armpit (axillary) hyperhidrosis is achieved through the administration of the same injectable muscle relaxant used for relaxing frowns or crow’s feet for cosmetic purposes. Through the application of this neurotoxin to the armpit area, the usual signal sent from the brain (via sympathetic nerves which usually control sweating) is interrupted, resulting in a “dry spell” whereby sweating is markedly decreased; this result may last for 6-12 months.
The treatment for hyperhidrosis takes about an hour for the initial consultation. The treatment room is warmed up to encourage sweating. Iodine is applied to the underarms and then dusted with talcum powder to determine the location of the bulk of the sweat glands to be treated Once the patient begins to sweat, a pattern is formed and the area marked up with a grid. The marked grid is cleaned and sterilised and then injected with the muscle relaxant. About 40-50 units is used in each armpit depending on the size of the marked area.
How long will it take before I notice a difference in sweating?
Results usually take 2-3 weeks to start taking effect.
How long will results last?
Results should last 9-12 months.
Does the treatment hurt?
This treatment does not hurt any more than typical muscle relaxant treatments. The underarm area is fleshy and hurts less than bony areas of the face. We use ice and offer topical anaesthetic cream and gas to minimise any discomfort.