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Cosmetic Medical Treatments - Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) is a condition that effects many people and can be uncomfortable
and inconvenient. Hyperhidrosis is caused by overactive sweat glands and commonly effects the axilla (underarms), palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Muscle relaxant injections are used to give symptomatic relief.

How does the treatment work?

Primary hyperhidrosis is caused by an overactive sympathetic nervous system. People experience excessive sweating throughout the day without the normal stimuli for example, anxiety or exercise. This can be distressing and embarrassing to those who are affected and limit their social activities.

Hyperhidrosis can also be caused by several medical conditions such as diabetes, menopause and thyroid disease. During your consultation our doctors will assess whether you require further investigations.

Muscle relaxants work by blocking the release of sweat from sweat glands providing an effective non-surgical option to treat the symptoms of primary hyperhidrosis.

Areas that can be treated include:

  • FEET

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Treatment Summary

A consultation with one of our doctors is required prior to treatment to provide a clinical assessment to determine suitability for treatment and whether further investigations is required to determine the cause of hyperhidrosis.

Prior to performing the treatment, the area of excessive sweat glands need to be determined. This is done by covering the area with iodine and corn starch which will expose the sweat glands. The treatment area is then marked, cleaned and topical anaesthetic (numbing) cream in applied. Small bolues of muscle relaxant is injected into the treatment site. The number of injections can range between 15 - 20 per site, however the use of numbing cream makes the procedure very comfortable.

Patients will see results between 2- 4 weeks.

Whilst there are patient dependent factors such a metabolism and medical conditions, generally Hyperhidrosis treatment can last anywhere between 6-12 months.

You should be able to resume your usual daily activities after the treatment, experiencing little to no downtime. Immediately after treatment, you may experience slight redness, mild swelling, occasional bruising, tenderness at the injection sites. Ice can be applied to reduce discomfort.

To reduce the risks of side effects we advise the following precautions:

• Do not rub or massage the affected area for 24 hours.
• Do not lie down flat for 4 hours post-treatment.
• Avoid strenuous exercise and excessive heat exposure for 24 hours • Do not apply topical antiperspirant products for 24 hours

Comprehensive after care information and emergency contact details for our clinic will be provided after your treatment.

There are risks involved with all medical procedures. Your doctor will discuss all risks and contraindications prior to performing any procedure. Hyperhidrosis treatment is generally well tolerated with minimal side effects.

Some people will have Inject site reactions such as redness, swelling, itching and tenderness which will typically resolve within a few days. Hyperhidrosis treatment is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women or people with neuromuscular disorders.

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