Why have treatment for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) with Face Matters?
Everybody sweats; it’s a normal and important bodily function to regulate our temperature. For hyperhidrosis sufferers, however – as you no doubt know from personal experience if you’ve come to this page looking for a treatment – this ‘normal’ function goes into overdrive causing sweat to be produced in excessive amounts.
At this point in time, there is no one definitive cure for excessive sweating caused by hyperhidrosis. Some people find that they can control the symptoms with specific antiperspirants, avoiding known triggers that they’ve been able to whittle down, maintaining a cool environment especially during hotter months, wearing loose clothing, and managing their stress level which can be done through various outlets from breathing exercises to visiting websites like purple penthouse for herbal support. Other people find it necessary to look at medical interventions including medication or surgery. Here at Face Matters, we are able to help some people manage their excessive underarm sweating with nerve-blocking botulinum toxin injections. It is important to bear in mind what you can do initially to see if any of these listed above can be helpful to what you need. Eliminating the ones that don’t work will help you make the right decision on whether you should have a procedure such as this.
- Effective results for excessive underarm sweating
- Manage your symptoms for 6-12 months
- Proven safety record
- Can be used in conjunction with other treatments
- Advice that’s unique to you & your needs
If you choose to have injections for hyperhidrosis at Face Matters, this treatment will only ever be administered by Dr. Gabi Tschoepe, who has extensive experience of using botulinum toxin injections as one way to treat excessive underarm sweating.
The Face Matters clinic is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and we are passionate about upholding the highest standards of care in the hands of qualified, experienced medical professionals.
The injections are convenient and require no recovery time, which means that you can come in for your treatment and then continue with your day without interruption.
See how treating excessive sweating has helped some of our existing patients to refresh and rejuvenate their appearance with natural-looking and beautiful results.
Excessive underarm sweating, which is the type of hyperhidrosis for which botulinum toxin injections are most effective, is caused by over-activity of one type of sweat gland, the eccrine gland. This over-activity is thought to be linked to the sympathetic nervous system, which regulates many of the body’s important functions.
If you have hyperhidrosis, it may be linked to an underlying condition such as diabetes or an overactive thyroid. Excessive sweating can also be triggered by exercise; stress, anxiety or strong emotions; extreme temperatures; alcohol, tea or coffee; hot or spicy food; or even at certain times of the day. Some people never get to the root cause.
Botulinum toxin works by temporarily preventing targeted nerves from communicating a message to your sweat glands telling them to produce sweat. It’s important to highlight that these injections are just one potential treatment option for hyperhidrosis.
Nerve blocking injections are most effective for treating hyperhidrosis when used in the underarm area.
When you come in to the clinic for this treatment, we will perform a painless starch test to locate the sweat glands – this involves applying a starch-iodine solution to your skin, which will leave a blue-black deposit when it comes into contact with your sweat.
Once we have marked the position of your sweat glands, we will use a micro-needle to inject small amounts of botulinum toxin into the skin of your underarms in approximately 12 to 15 places to stop your eccrine glands from producing sweat.
Dr. Tschoepe will ask you to come in for a second appointment two weeks later to assess and document your results so that the regime can be improved, if necessary.
You should notice that you are sweating less within a few days of your treatment, but it can take 14 to 21 days before you experience the full effects. Most people find they need a top-up treatment every four to six months.
Botulinum toxin was first licensed for the treatment of primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating) by the FDA in 2004 and has built-up a proven safety record since this time.
The injections cannot produce permanent damage or travel within the body to make you ill. The product we use attaches to the muscles it is placed in and does not migrate from there; the injection technique ensures that it cannot pass into the blood stream.
These injections are prescription-only drugs that have to be prescribed by a medical professional, such as a doctor, dentist or nurse prescriber.
Prescription-only drugs cannot be advertised, which is why you won’t find brand names on our website or information sheets in the waiting room!
The most common side effects of this treatment are bruising and slight redness at the injection site; some people report a mild headache but these symptoms usually self-correct within 24 hours.
Rarely, people have reported nausea, distant muscle tremors or a ‘flu-like’ illness, dry mouth, skin rashes, muscle atrophy, itching or an allergic reaction.
Choosing an experienced practitioner like Dr. Tschoepe who has a proven history of successful treatments is important to minimise the risk of side effects.
You should avoid touching the treated area for three to four hours to reduce the chances of the product accidentally spreading. We will give you detailed aftercare instructions so you know what to do to help support the best outcomes from your treatment.