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Hyperhidrosis means excessive sweating. Sweating is one of the most important ways in which the body loses heat. However people with hyperhidrosis produce sweat in amounts far greater than needed to control their temperature.
Excessive sweating can be an embarrassing problem especially on social occasions. Almost half of the sufferers with hyperhidrosis also have a relative with the same problem suggesting that it is genetic.
Focal hyperhidrosis is the more common type (millions of people suffer with this) involving excessive sweating on the feet, hands, armpits and occasionally the face. Generalized hyperhidrosis is less common. Many people feel embarrassed and hide under deep layers of clothing and it can affect their daily life, avoiding social situations etc...
What will happen during a treatment with Chemical toxin?
Using a very fine needle, a small amount (1-2mls per armpit) of Chemical toxin is injected into 10-15 place spread evenly in each armpit. Sometimes a dye is used to show up the areas where sweating is greatest and where the injections should be placed.
Is it painful?
The needles used are very fine so most people experience only mild discomfort. It is uncommon for pain relief to be required. A local anesthetic may be used when treating the palms however as they are much more sensitive: this usually wears off in less than an hour.
How long does the treatment take?
Treatment time is approximately 30 minutes
How quickly will I notice an effect?
You should notice some change for the better within a week of your treatment. Different people have different responses to treatment. In a clinical trial, sweat production was reduced by 83% one week after treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Usually just one session is required. All patients are invited to return for a follow-up appointment 2 weeks after their treatment. Very occasionally a 'touch-up' treatment is required: you will not be charged for this.
How long will the treatment last?
Usually between 4-7 months.
What happens if I decide to stop treatment?
The effects of are completely reversible. if you decide not to have any further treatment there will be no lasting change in the areas treated. Sweating will gradually return to the level it was before you started treatment.
What are the possible side-effects?
Side-effects are rare, but a small number of patients experience an increase in sweating in another part of the body. This can also be controlled. Since the injection is made only into the skin, the effects will be limited to the nerves supplying the sweat glands. Occasionally, a very small amount of Chemical toxin may spread out from the injection site and affect a nearby nerve that supplies a muscle. Mild weakness of the arms may be experienced if this happens; but this does not last and gets better quickly without any treatment.
What are the other treatments for hyperhidrosis?
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Excellent results from the treatments. Cheryl explained and advised in a very professional way. I am very confident in the treatments that she carries out and I will continue to have further treatments as necessary.