Sweat No More: How Botox is Banishing Excessive Perspiration
Sweating is important, we need it to help us regulate our body temperature. However, some of us sweat excessively, beyond what the body needs to cool down. This condition is known as hyperhidrosis, it can be challenging and even debilitating for some.
It is common, affecting roughly 5% of the population, so it really deserves our attention. It not only affects sufferers’ physical comfort but can also lead to social anxiety and low self-confidence, making it a topic we need to address more openly.
Dr. Miriam A’s client Rebecca discovered Botox as a solution to her hyperhidrosis after a huge amount of searching and trying out a variety of ineffective treatments. In this blog you’ll learn about what hyperhidrosis is and how Botox can help, and hear about Rebecca’s life-changing results.
Hyperhidrosis is a common condition in which a person sweats excessively over the whole body or only certain areas, like the face and scalp, armpits, hands, or feet.
In many cases, it is inherited, so you may have family members who have suffered too. Though it can affect people all year round, it usually gets worse in social situations and hot weather. It generally subsides at night. It is important to know that some cases of hyperhidrosis are caused by other illnesses, like diabetes or thyroid dysfunction, so make sure to check with your GP if you’re not sure.
Rebecca had been dealing with hyperhidrosis since her teenage years, but as she entered her early twenties, it worsened noticeably. It primarily affects her face, head, and scalp and is triggered by even slight changes in temperature. As a result, she’s often constantly sweating on her face and the back of her neck.
Dr Miriam A’s patients often describe the social anxiety and loss of confidence, let alone the amount of clothes ruined! Just leaving the house can feel like an ordeal.
For Rebecca, living with hyperhidrosis significantly impacted her daily life.
“I’ve had to resort to dressing differently in an attempt to mitigate the sweating. Beyond the physical discomfort, it takes a toll on my mental well-being, causing immense embarrassment, especially since it’s challenging to conceal the sweat on my face.”
Don’t sweat it
You may have tried anti-perspirants containing aluminium chloride if you suffer sweaty armpits. If you suffer elsewhere, the available options are topical and oral anti-cholinergic medications, with rather undesirable side effects. Anti-cholinergic medications stop the signalling action of neurotransmitter acetylcholine from our nerves by blocking the cholinergic receptors on our sweat glands and other organs. This reduces stimulation of our sweat glands from an overactive sympathetic nervous system, responsible for fight and flight body functions, and results in less sweat production. However, it also interferes with important signals to all our other organs from our parasympathetic nervous system with far-reaching effects! It can cause confusion, heart arrhythmias, reduce gut motility, urinary retention, and more.
Empowering solutions await
So, how do we tackle this at Dr Miriam A’s clinic?
Once we identify your problem areas and make a plan that works best for you at consultation, we would likely recommend Botox as a highly effective solution.
Low-dose Botox injections into the dermis of the skin, strategically blocks the release of acetylcholine from local nerves, to prevent signalling the sweat glands …in that area only! This means you can sweat normally from everywhere else.
Duration of results
While it takes 2 weeks to notice the full effects of the treatment, the results are remarkable. Typically lasting between 6 to 9 months, patients can expect a significant reduction in sweat levels, achieving a similar baseline to an average person or, in some cases, experiencing up to 90% dryness. The impact of this treatment can be truly transformative for those who have struggled with hyperhidrosis for years.
After just one treatment, Rebecca had such a positive experience with the treatment that she chose to book in for subsequent sessions.
“Botox has been a game-changer for me,” says Rebecca. “It has significantly reduced sweating on my face, and in some areas, it has completely stopped the problem.”
Spread the word
Hyperhidrosis may affect 5% of the population, yet still very little is known about it, let alone how Botox can be used to effectively stop the condition. So if you suffer from this condition, or you know someone that does, please spread the word, share this blog and help more people discover long-term relief.
“If you’re someone who suffers from hyperhidrosis, I highly recommend considering Botox as a potential treatment option.” Rebecca adds, ”having experienced Dr Miriam’s kind and compassionate approach during the treatment, I wholeheartedly encourage others who are in a similar position to myself to use her services for this procedure.”
Why Dr Miriam A recommends this treatment
- Short & tolerable treatment
- Long-lasting but temporary (lasts 6 to 9 months)
- Targets both excessive sweating and bad smelling body odour too!
- Can yield life-changing psychological results, boosting self-confidence and social comfort for patients.
Other treatments & Precautions
- Anti-perspirants containing aluminium chloride
- Topical/oral anti-cholinergic medications
- Thorascopic VATS sympathectomy – a surgical procedure where the sympathetic chains are cut to reduce palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis.
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