What is Excessive Sweating or Hyperhidrosis?

Patients experience excessive sweating most commonly affecting the armpits, however, it can also affect the forehead, palms and feet.  The condition of excessive sweating is also known as hyperhidrosis.  It is a relatively common condition that is thought to affect 1% of the population.  For some patients it can become quite severe resulting in the need for repeated change of clothes during the day.

What are the causes of hyperhidrosis?

The most common type of hyperhidrosis is called primary hyperhidrosis.  This is often localized to specific areas of the body such as the armpits, palms or forehead.  There are some conditions that can cause more generalised sweating such as diabetes, menopause, or overactive thyroid.  This is often called secondary hyperhidrosis.

How can I treat excessive sweating?

Most patients with excessive sweating will have tried conventional treatment options such as  anti-perspirants.   Although this may be helpful for some patients, many will require additional treatment.  Botulinum toxin, commonly called Botox ® is a treatment for excessive sweating.

How do Botox ® injections treat excessive sweating?

Botox ® is a substance that blocks the nerves supplying the ecrrine glands responsible for sweating.  Botox ® is injected into areas of hyperhidrosis such as the armpits, palms or soles of feet.  The Botox ® will take a few days to work and may require up to 2 weeks to see any results.  It is a temporary treatment and generally lasts for about 3-4 months.  After this time, it can be expected that the sweating will return and further injections will be required.

Do you suffer with excessive sweating?

Book a consultation with our fully trained plastic surgeons to discuss potential treatment options.  Our surgeons will advise you regarding Botox ® treatment.  To book your appointment call us now or visit our clinic in Birmingham.