Excessive Sweating Treatment
Excessive Sweating (technically known as hyperhidrosis) is a condition affecting millions of people around the world. Excessive sweating can be emotionally challenging as well as socially and professionally disruptive. Patients afflicted with this disorder can routinely soak through clothing in a matter of minutes and resort to absorbent tissues and frequent changes of clothing or shoes to cope with the disorder. Excessive sweating can give the impression of nervousness and a wet grip can be hazardous at work. In severe cases, sweat runs down the trunk or drips from the hands.
Clothing is quickly stained and ruined and thousands of dollars can be spent on dry cleaning and replacements of clothes or shoes.
The pathophysiology of sweating is complex. The sweat glands play an important role in thermoregulation and are located throughout the body, but are concentrated in the hands, feet, armpits, face and head. They are situated deep in the skin and secrete a dilute solution containing urea, lactic acid and sodium chloride. The hands, feet and armpits show an exaggerated response to mental stimuli. Local sweating on the cheeks and neck, associated with eating, can also be treated with a muscle relaxing product. However, it is important to exclude secondary excessive sweating before treatment. Secondary excessive sweating can be associated with many disorders, such as obesity, menopause, diabetes, endocrinological and neurological conditions.
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Frequently asked questions
The Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 prevents us from mentioning the real name of the product.
What is it and how does it work?
The product is a new and effective treatment for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) of the armpits, hands, feet, face and head. It is done as a series of injections placed superficially in the skin. The sweat glands are stimulated by specific innervation and the product is able to block neurological (mental) stimulation for many months.
Why use muscle relaxing products instead of other methods?
Blockage of the neurological stimulation with the product appears to offer a safe alternative to surgical operations or ongoing topical applications to reduce sweating, with no specific complications or side effects.
Do we have any alternative treatments for excessive sweating?
Many treatments for excessive sweating have been prescribed, but few are effective and acceptable, and none have been without complications.
Topical agents have to be reapplied several times a day, may cause irritation and staining and is not effective.
Lontophoresis may provide relief, but is time-consuming as it requires frequent and numerous treatments and is not effective.
Tablets frequently have unacceptable side effects.
Surgical Operations often fail to cure excessive sweating and can produce numerous complications.
How effective is it?
All patients get results. Most people can expect improvement of 85% or more in the sweating. Treatments of the armpits is extremely successful. 99% of patients are very happy with their results.
How long does it last?
The injections will remain effective anywhere from 4-12 months or longer, depending on the patient, however the treatment usually lasts more than 6 months.
Possible complications or side effects?
Only 1% of patients theoretically may have minor side effects, which may include temporary numbness of the muscles in the area of injection (palms and soles). So far we have not seen complications following injections into the armpits, palms and soles.
How long does it take?
Your treatments will generally take 30-40 minutes. We have to perform some skin tests to assess excessive sweating, apply numbing agents or an ice pack to your skin, and perform superficial injections.
Does it hurt?
amount of discomfort varies from patient to patient and depends on the area treated. Some patients prefer the treatment done under local anaesthetic, with an ice pack or vibrations. Usually an anaesthetic cream will be helpful, however some patients require twilight sedation.
Can I have my first treatment at the same time as a consultation?
You can have a consultation to gather all the information necessary to consider the product for excessive sweating or you can have a consultation with the Doctor and then your first treatment. This session would take 30-45 minutes.
How much does it cost?
Excessive Sweating Treatment
Treatment costs will vary between patients according to the areas treated. The cost is based on the amount of units of the product it takes to do the treatment. The cost is $10 per unit. During one session, a series of injections are placed into the skin, and usually we have to use about 100 units in the hands or feet and 80 units into the armpits.
How long will I need off work?
It is unlikely that you will need any time off work. Immediately after the procedure you can have very slight soreness of the area for a few hours.
Before & After
Dr Roberts’ extended experience in both the dermatological and surgical specialties has enabled him to develop a holistic approach in the cosmetic and beauty industry. His practice is focused on achieving natural looking beauty by the application of both surgical and non-surgical skills.