For most of us, sweating is a normal part of daily life. It’s the body’s way of regulating its temperature. It often signifies a healthy body and tells us we’ve worked hard enough in the gym. For others though, sweating is a major problem. Hyperhidrosis is a common condition where excessive sweating occurs in the armpits, palms and soles. It might not seem like much of a problem but for those who suffer with it, it can cause embarrassment and distress. Thankfully there is a non-surgical solution.
You may be familiar with Botox as a treatment often undertaken by celebrities looking to dip their toes in the fountain of youth, but it is also used to treat Hyperhidrosis. Botox is a brand of Botulinium Toxin, a powerful protein that in minute doses is perfectly safe. The toxin works by blocking the signals travelling along the nerves to the sweat glands. By blocking these signals, the amount of sweat produced by the glands can be significantly reduced.
Botulinium Toxin is a prescription medication, which means all patients wanting to undergo this treatment must have a full, in-depth consultation with our Cosmetologist, Dr. Qureshi. He will assess your symptoms to ensure the procedure is suitable for you. The affected areas include, but are not limited to, the forehead, nose, upper lip, hands, feet and armpits. During the treatment, micro-injections will be placed around the treated areas. Once complete, it can provide up to 6 months of relief from the symptoms of Hyperhidrosis.
If you wish to find out more about this condition, help and support are available at www.hyperhidrosisuk.org
Q. Is everyone suitable for this treatment?
A. Using Botox to treat hyperhidrosis is not recommended for pregnant women or mothers who are breastfeeding. It is also unsuitable for those with muscle / nervous disorders or on medication for nerve or muscle problems. Those with neuromuscular diseases such as Myasthenia Gravis or Lambert-Eaton Syndrome, are also unable to have this treatment.
Q. Are there any side effects of Botox treatment?
A. The injections can often cause minor bruising, although this will disappear within a few days. The muscles around the site of injection may also feel weaker than normal but, again, these symptoms disappear within a week or two and should have no effect on your everyday life.
Q. Does it work?
A. Medical studies and patient testimonials have all confirmed that Botox reduces sweating and improves lifestyle, although the level of reduction varies with each individual. Remember, Botox is not a cure for hyperhidrosis. As the nerve endings regrow, the sweating will return but at this stage you should repeat the treatment to start the cycle again.
Q. Is Botox safe? Isn’t it a poison?
A. This toxin is a natural protein derived from Clostridium Botulinum. However, this toxin has been purified and refined and is deemed safe and effective to use when administered by a specialist. It presents no major harm to the body when treating hyperhidrosis and is only active in the specific area where it is injected and it does not spread throughout the body.
Q. In what areas is Botox injected?
A. Botox can be used to control excess sweating for axiliary (underarm) hyperhidrosis, the palms of your hands, soles of your feet or excessive facial sweating.
Q. How much does Botox cost?
A. Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis costs around £400 – £500 depending on the number of injections needed. The treatment needs to be repeated every 6 months for maximum effect. Our specialist team will go through all the details with you at your consultation.
Q. Are there different brands of Botox (Botulinum Toxin)
A. Yes. Botox is the most well-known brand of Botulinum Toxin, but it’s by no means the only one. Other brands include Azzalure and Boccuture. Your physician will discuss which brand is best suited for your treatment during your consultation.
Find Out More
For more information or to arrange a complimentary consultation with Cosmetic Doctor and Aesthetic Expert, Dr Qureshi please call our Glasgow office on 0141 573 1473 Alternatively you can Email Luxe Skin or complete our online Enquiry Form. However you choose to contact us, you can be sure that our friendly, professional staff will treat your request with complete discretion.