Axillary Hyperhidrosis – Excessive Underarm Sweating
Some people suffer from excessive underarm sweating which cannot be controlled by antiperspirants. Normal social interactions like shopping, picking your children up from school and running daily errands can become embarrassing situations. Dr Anita Dhunna can inject BOTOX into the under arm region to reduce the excessive sweating and improve your lifestyle.
How does it work?
When injected into the under arm area, BOTOX blocks the chemical signals to the nerves that stimulate sweat production in the area thereby leading to drier underarms.
Am I suitable for Hyperhidrosis treatment?
This treatment is not suitable for pregnant or breast feeding women or for those under 18 years old. It also isn’t suitable for patients suffering from muscular disorders eg. Myasthenia Gravis.
You would need to visit your GP to ensure that the excessive sweating isn’t due to any underlying medical conditions by e.g. diabetes, disorders of the pituitary gland and thyroid gland and menopause.
What happens during the treatment?
At your in depth consultation, Dr Dhunna would have discussed the treatment and its indications/contraindications with you. The under arm area is cleaned and injections of BOTOX are placed into multiple points within this region. The procedure itself takes under 5 minutes. After treatment, you are advised of aftercare. You can then return back to work.
Does it hurt?
The needle used is very tiny. For most patients, the procedure is very tolerable. Dr Dhunna may apply ice packs and/or topical anaesthetic cream to improve your comfort.
When will I see the results?
It can take a minimum of 2 weeks to see the full results of your hyperhidrosis treatment.
Is it safe and what’s the downtime?
BOTOX® has been FDA approved for excessive underarm sweating since 2004 with millions of treatments provided. It is used across medicine in many licensed and unlicensed indications including migraines as well as being used for spasticity in children and adults.
Most side effects are simply down to the needle entering the skin causing some minor redness, risk of bruising or swelling. These are temporary if they occur at all and the vast majority of people find they can go about most of their daily duties straight away.
As it is a prescription only medicine there may be some rare side effects and this will be discussed with you at your consultation.
How long do the results last?
The results can last from 3-6 months but it is not uncommon for people to appreciate the effects of reduced underarm sweating for much longer.