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Hyperhidrosis Treatments

Control Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating rarely causes medical complications, but it can severely limit an individual’s social life and prevent them from wearing silk and other delicate fabrics. If sweating is more than a passing inconvenience for you, consider outpatient treatment at MyBotoxLA.

What is Hyperhidrosis?

Sweat from an occasional bad case of nerves is a temporary embarrassment, but hyperhidrosis, or frequent sweating, can interfere with your daily activities. It can ruin expensive clothing and make giving presentations difficult.

Defined as sweating that exceeds your body’s needs, excess sweating affects one to three per cent of the population. It usually occurs in the underarms, but may also affect the feet or palms of the hands. Only a dermatologist or other medical professional can accurately diagnose hyperhidrosis.

Symptoms

Even if you think you sweat a lot more than other people, you still may not sweat enough for the condition to merit treatment. If you have the following symptoms, though, you probably have excess sweating.

  • Changing clothes several times a day due because you sweat too much
  • Worrying about whether or not you’ll sweat
  • Avoiding work or social events due to fear of sweating
  • Carrying clothes, towels or antiperspirants with you to manage sweat
  • Using prescription deodorant or powder to control sweating

When prescription antiperspirants and deodorants don’t work, your doctor may measure the amount of sweat you product over a certain period of time to diagnose severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis.

The Simple Solution for Frequent Sweating

Instead of applying powders and antiperspirants all day with little or no relief, you can be free from excessive sweat for up to a year with BOTOX injections. Unlike powders and antiperspirants, these injections target the source instead of covering it up.

Injections into the armpits are approved by the FDA to treat excessive sweating. Most patients need between 10 and 15 injections for relief. It only takes two to four days to notice an improvement, with significant reduction in sweating about the fourth week.

One treatment lasts for four to twelve months. In most cases, these injections reduce frequent sweating by 82 to 87 percent.

The injection temporarily stops secretion of the chemical acetylcholine, which activates your body’s sweat glands. It paralyzes the nerves that produce this chemical. The injections don’t make sweat disappear, but simply stop it from being produced in the treatment area. Sweat will continue to be produced elsewhere on your body.

Unlike cosmetic injections performed in a medical aesthetician’s office, treatment for excessive sweating may be reimbursed by your insurance. Check your policy for details.

Repeated treatment of sweating has been shown to improve productivity and quality of life for patients. It has been used successfully to treat patients with chronic sweating in these parts of the body.

What Happens during Treatment?

Our physician assistant covers the treatment area with a topical numbing cream. You’ll then receive several injections in the armpit with a fine needle. You might feel a slight prick during the first injection, but the treatment is painless for most patients. The numbing cream keeps you comfortable during the short session.

A tiny amount of solution is injected under the surface skin in a grid pattern. The product stays just below the skin. It doesn’t enter the bloodstream.

The exact number of injections depends on the severity of the sweating. Most treatments only take about ten minutes. There’s no recovery time. You can return to work or errands after the treatment. You shouldn’t use a sauna or exercise heavily the day of the treatment, but there aren’t any other restrictions on activity.

The amount of units needed for each patient varies. A vial of 100 units, or 50 for each armpit, is the average amount used. If a patient pinpoints the exact part of the armpit that sweats the most, our trained medical staff will inject into that area. If not, the solution is injected into wider area.

 Precautions and Side Effects

Don’t take aspirin or Iburprofen for one week prior to treatment. Refrain from shaving or waxing your underarms for a few days prior to treatment.

Talk to your doctor if you have asthma or other breathing problems, drooping eyelids, or if you bleed easily. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid Hyperhidrosis treatments, as it’s not known if it can harm your unborn child or pass into breast milk.

Other side effects include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Neck pain
  • Rash due to allergic reaction
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chills
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Nausea
  • Itching

Patients may experience bleeding at the injection site.

After Treatment

After treatment, you may feel a slight stinging sensation for 10-15 minutes. The skin at the injection site may remain red, tender and even swell for a few days. Avoid excessive sun and heat exposure until the redness fades.

After the initial redness and swelling go away, you should still wear sunscreen with a SPF of 30 on the injection site when you go out in the sun.

Follow Ups

A week or two after treatment, come to our office for a follow-up visit. Our medical staff will check to make sure you’re receiving the full benefits of treatment, and touch-up any spots that were missed during the initial injections.

You’ll need maintenance treatments every 4 to 12 months. As soon as you feel excess sweat returning, schedule a treatment.

These continued injections aren’t harmful for your skin or health, these injections make extreme sweating stop for up to one year, but your symptoms will return without follow- up treatments.

Contact us today to learn more about effective outpatient treatment for excessive sweating.