Hyperhidrosis is the term for excessive sweating, which can have a detrimental effect on people's social and work life. Hyperhidrosis is a chronic autonomic disorder that can be debilitating, leading to emotional and social embarrassment and occupational, physical and psychological disability. In a majority of cases, the cause of hyperhidrosis is unknown. Primary hyperhidrosis starts in childhood and affects 0.6%–1% of the population. Hyperhidrosis is not a temporary condition, and many people who suffer have likely been suffering for years. Hot or cold the sweating is constant, and individuals can expect symptoms such as wetness and staining of clothing, clammy hands, and damp feet which all make a miserable existence. At Aesthetica Skin Centre, administering botulinum injections into the sweat glands significantly decreased our patients' sweat rates. The treatment has been found effective with no or minimal adverse events. Hyperhidrosis injections are one of the easiest and quickest treatments available to decrease excessive sweating significantly. The treatment of hyperhidrosis involves injecting into the identified area. This treatment will prevent the glands from producing sweat. The effects generally start to occur after a few days with an estimated 80% of individuals seeing an improvement in their condition after a week.
Frequently Asked Questions:
The treatment blocks the nerve endings, but after approximately 6-8 months new nerve endings grow to replace them. The duration of the effects is 6-8 months but can last up to a year and vary with each individual. While sweating is an essential function for temperature control, the underarms have less than 2% of the body's sweat glands. Therefore, the treatment does not affect body thermoregulation and compensatory sweating.
The treatment is usually considered when topical treatments such as antiperspirants have been unsuccessful. If your sweating has become an issue affecting your quality of life, this is a treatment you should definitely look into.
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