Treatments for Excessive Sweating
Excessive sweating is a condition that affects one-percent of the population and treatments for excessive sweating may vary according to the cause. As there are three primary types of excessive sweating, it’s worth understanding what they are before considering Botox as a therapy.
The first is primary focal, which means the patient produces too much sweat in one particular area. Those who encounter primary focal disease may experience too much sweat in the armpit area, but hands and feet can become a problem too. This is the most common form of excessive sweating, and Botox is a potential treatment option.
The second is secondary focal. As the name suggests, this is excessive sweating that occurs in one area, but the reasons for it are related to an underlying medical condition. When this happens, patients need to identify what the condition is with their doctor and address it accordingly.
Finally, there is generalised hyperhidrosis, which means excessive sweating occurs everywhere. Like secondary focal, this is usually due to an underlying health condition. As such, Botox is not a useful treatment option.
Using Botox as a treatment for excessive sweating
Botox® is an injectable substance that blocks the nerve signals that travel from neurons to their target tissue. In the cosmetic industry, its primary use is treating and preventing wrinkles. It achieves this by blocking the neuron’s signal, which then makes the muscle relax. As a result, lines become less noticeable and are less likely to arise.
Because of this, those who are trained in Botox delivery can use it to treat primary focal hyperhidrosis. In this instance, the clinician injecting the Botox will target the area where sweating is problematic. As a result, patients sweat less and feel more confident wearing certain clothes.
The most common area to use Botox for excessive sweating is the armpits. However, patients who encounter problems in their hands and their feet will also benefit, but they will find that the procedure is slightly more painful. The procedure is more painful in these areas due to an increase in nerves.
Regardless of where a clinician uses the treatment, it is essential that they have the right training. This includes having a sound understanding of anatomy and physiology.
Is Botox a safe treatment for excessive sweating?The pharmaceutical companies that provide licences for Botox state that it should only be used in the armpits. However, skilled clinicians often use medications ‘off licence,’ if they feel it will benefit their patients. They will never do so if they deem the situation to be unsafe.
As a medication that’s used worldwide, Botox is a safe treatment for excessive sweating. To ensure your treatment remains safe, you need to take the following steps:
- Only ever use a qualified practitioner who has trained in administering Botox to reduce sweating. Such practitioners may include doctors, nurses, dentists, and other healthcare professionals who have received the appropriate training.
- Ensure that the first time you receive the treatment, the prescribing clinician meets with you on a face-to-face basis. While it used to be the case that they could prescribe over the phone, the law has since changed.
- Don’t use Botox for excessive sweating if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough research in this area to determine whether the drug is safe in these situations.
Finally, it’s worth bearing in mind that there are other conditions and barriers that may prevent you from using Botox for excessive sweating. For example, taking drugs such as Warfarin and having a history of anaphylactic reactions to the substance.
What will happen when I receive treatment for excessive sweating?
After your first meeting with the prescribing clinician, you may find that the person administering your Botox is someone different. However, they will always be a fully-trained professional in the treatment, which means your care is in safe hands.
Patients receive injections at the Rutland Aesthetic treatment centre, which means they don’t have to enter a formal clinical setting to benefit from it. An experienced medical professional will administer the treatment quickly, so patients don’t have to spend lots of time waiting.
To get more from the procedure, it is advised that patients should:
- Avoid exercise on the day of the procedure
- Avoid saunas and similar environments after having Botox for excessive sweating
- Try not to shave two to three days in advance of using Botox for excessive sweating
During the procedure, your clinician will inject small amounts of Botox into the affected area in a pattern that’s designed to block the nerve signals that activate your sweat glands. If there is a chance that the procedure will cause pain, they may administer a local anaesthetic. However, they will also discuss this with you prior to the procedure and address any other concerns you may have.
Are there other ways to treat excessive sweating?
Currently, Botox is the primary recognised means of treating hyperhidrosis. However, patients can make lifestyle changes that will reduce the likelihood of encountering an ‘attack.’ Such changes include:
- Avoiding foods that trigger the condition, such as those that are spicy
- Making sure they use an antiperspirant that stops sweating rather than a deodorant that masks the smell
- Avoid clothing that makes sweating obvious to reduce the anxiety that accompanies the condition
- Avoiding materials that make sweating worse, such as Nylon
In some cases, patients may find that their GP can prescribe an anticholinergic. Such medications block the signals that cause sweat glands to work overtime. However, they can produce side-effects such as constipation and a dry mouth, which deters people from taking them.
How Rutland Aesthetics can Help
At Rutland Aesthetics, our clinical director Dr Dhesi has many years of experience as a GP and an army medic. He has since trained in Aesthetic Medicine, which means he can use Botox for excessive sweating using precise techniques.
After your treatment, you will find that the results last for up to six months. During your consultation, you can discuss any concerns you have, as well as your expectations. If you would like to try Botox for excessive sweating, get in touch with Rutland Aesthetics today.