What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating of the armpits. This can be a distressing and incapacitating condition. It can occur at any time in your life and the cause may be unknown. It is recommended that you visit your GP about this condition to find out if there is any treatment or referral process that can be offered, however, often this is not available.
What product is used?
There are a number of treatment options available such as creams or surgery that can produce excellent results. After consultation at Mid Yorkshire Skin Clinic we may suggest the use the original genuine brand of toxin ‘Botox®’ by Allergan. Botox® (Botulinum Toxin A) is a purified protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. The medicinal form is manufactured in a stringent and controlled environment and is used for medical purposes in very tiny, innocuous amounts.
How does the treatment work?
Botox® is a neurotoxin. It works by temporarily preventing the eccrine glands from producing sweat. Patients usually notice a difference between 1-2 weeks after treatment.
How popular is this treatment?
Over 61 million vials of Botox® have been distributed during the 25 years of manufacturing. Botox® has been used in the UK for over 10 years. Today, Botox® is the #1 selling product of its kind in the world. Botox® is not tested on animals and supported with more than 12 years of safety and efficiency data.
What areas can be treated?
For excessive sweating it is normally the underarm which is treated. The hands and feet can also be treated; however, this may require a specialist for feet treatments.
What happens during my consultation?
Botox® is a prescription only medicine (POM). It is prescribed and administered by a medical professional holding the relevant prescribing qualification ONLY after a face to face consultation/assessment. During your consultation a detailed medical history will be taken, helping the medical specialist to determine whether Botox® is an appropriate medicine for you to receive and whether it will help you achieve the results that you are looking for. This will also reduce the risk of any unwanted side effects from Botox®. During this consultation the potential risks and aftercare recommendations are discussed, helping you determine whether this form of injectable treatment is really right for you.
What happens during my treatment appointment?
Local anaesthetic topical cream is applied to the areas to be injected prior to the treatment. (The skin of the underarm can be sensitive). The skin is cleaned with chlorhexidine (alcohol solution) and the Botox® is mixed with a small amount of sodium chloride and injected using a syringe with a tiny needle.
The Botox is injected just underneath the skin. Some patients describe this as a pinch.
What’s the aftercare advice?
You will be given verbal and written advice. You may return to normal activities straight away but avoid exercise and perfumed deodorant/body spray on the day of treatment.
How long do the results last?
Who is not suitable for this treatment?
- Anyone allergic to any of the ingredients in Botox Cosmetic® (Botulinum Toxin A, Human Albumin, Sodium Chloride)
- Skin infection at the injection site
- Anyone who has disease affecting your muscles and nerves (i.e. Lambert-Eaton Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast-feeding (It is not known if Botox can be harmful to your unborn child or if this passes through breast milk, unable to research this)
- Also tell us if you are taking any medicines including herbal as some may be contraindicated, such as of you have recently had an injection of an intravenous antibiotic or taking muscle relaxants.
Treatment frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Around 6 months. This can be longer depending on the individual, lifestyle and metabolism.
Possible swelling and discomfort at the injection site. Other side effects are rare.
At Mid Yorkshire Skin Clinic we are nurse independent prescribers. We have first aid equipment and medicines and can treat you in case of an emergency anaphylactic/allergic reaction.