Wrinkle Reduction » Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
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What is Botulinum toxin and how does it work to reduce hyperhidrosis?
Botulinum toxin is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. When small doses of it are injected directly into the skin, it works by blocking the nerves that supply the eccrine glands; this prevents the glands from producing sweat.
The treatment is not a cure for hyperhidrosis – it only provides temporary relief. It needs to be repeated every four to six months for full effect. Botulinum toxin is only effective in treating small areas and is therefore not a viable option for treating generalised hyperhidrosis.
Summary Of Your Treatment
Dr Lina Kotecha will have a consultation with you before the treatment. The consultation helps to determine where sweating occurs at its worst and to ensure that you have no health problems that Botulinum toxin may interfere with or worsen. You will then be told the possible side effects of the procedure to forewarn you of any unwanted symptoms.
Initially, the site of injection will be cleaned to avoid infection. After which, any anaesthetic that is required will be administered, such as a topical anaesthetic cream. You will then be injected with a very fine needle which will introduce the Botulinum toxin. In each armpit fifteen injections are administered which are completed relatively quickly.
It can take up to ten days for the Botulinum toxin to start working properly. Dr Lina Kotecha advises to avoid massaging the area or putting pressure on the injection site for three to five days, and to avoid vigorous activity. The site may be slightly painful and tiny bruises may form, but these symptoms disappear within a couple of days.
Many patients experience muscle weakness when they have had Botulinum toxin treatment but this does wear off eventually. The Botulinum toxin treatment can sometimes cause tiredness, blurred vision, flu-like symptoms and possibly arm and neck ache for those who have injections in their armpits. These symptoms are all temporary and should disappear in a few days, and not everyone experiences them. There are no severely uncomfortable sensations or effects which should affect your daily life and there are rarely any complications.
You should not have this treatment if:
- The injection site is infected
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You have a neuromuscular disorder (e.g. myasthenia gravis).
Full list of side effects, cautions and contraindications will be discussed at face to face consultation