Axillary Hyperhidrosis is excessive underarm sweating and is thought to affect around 1 million people in the UK.
Sufferers find it extremely embarrassing, many finding they avoid public transport, wearing certain clothes and colours. They often find themselves lacking in confidence socially.
Botox® or in our case Azzalure® injections can be used under the skin of the armpit to prevent this problem. It works by blocking the nerve impulses to the sweat glands stopping them from producing sweat.
It is possible to see a significant reduction in sweating, in a lot of cases to none, which can last up to 12 months.
The procedure is very popular with Brides, Gym enthusiasts, Athletes, Models, Actors and Dancers
It involves minimal discomfort. The armpits need to be clean shaven and no deodorant to be worn. The skin is cleansed and the injection process is relatively quick. The needles are extremely fine and topical anaesthetic/ice ensure there is minimal discomfort.
The effect of the injections becomes apparent within a week but maximises at around 4 weeks.
The injections often give rise to mild redness, swelling and discomfort.
No downtime is required, in fact, you can return to work immediately. However no strenuous exercise for 48 hours. You can shower and wash as normal.
Facial sweating can start very early in life. The sweating can be localised in the forehead and the sweat drips down along the face. The excessive sweating can also affect the nose, the cheek and the upper lip. Patients often avoid public transport and hot confined spaces like bars and nightclubs.
Botox injections can again be used to treat and control this problem.
The injections of the face can be directed along the hairline, into the forehead and into the nose wings and upper lip depending on the patient’s description of the sweating and what is seen on examination.
Doses injected are variable, depending on the sweating pattern. The side effects can be a frozen forehead, a droopy eyebrow or a loss of facial expression. They are rare and always transient, lasting about 4 weeks.
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