Underarm Hyperhydrosis

Underarm Hyperhydrosis

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Underarm Hyperhydrosis

Underarm Sweating, also known as Axillary Hyperhydrosis can cause a lot of embarrassment from the odour to the visible patches on your clothes. You may make extra effort to hide the sweat patches by wearing a certain type of fabric, certain cut clothes and even choice of colour. Like many people who suffer from this condition and have had a successful treatment, you’ll no longer need to take in extra clothes to work or to a special occasion, you can simply rest in the knowledge that you can simply stop sweating under your arms! You won’t need deodorant and everything can change, you relax and enjoy wearing different outfits and not constantly attempt to hide the sweat patches*.

 

Treatment Areas Include:

  • Underarm Hyperhidrosis
  • Excessive sweating on the brow and forehead

 

 

The Service

The treatment involves administering minute volumes of a prescription drug into the offending areas where sweat is produced. The treatment time is typically no longer than 20 minutes. You will want to allow 60 minutes for an assessment and application of the topical anaesthetic. Your medical history will be reviewed prior to undergoing any treatments to check for suitability.

The treatment itself involves:

  1. Applying anaesthetic to the skin
  2. Cleansing the skin
  3. Iodine test – to test where the sweat glands are for precise treatment delivery
  4. Administering the drug via fine needle/injections into the areas where sweat is produced.
  5. Cleansing the skin
  6. Finally giving you an after care pack.

 

 

Typical Questions Patients Have

 

  1. How can I treat hyperhidrosis? Hyperhidrosis can be treated effectively with antiperspirants. Check you have an antiperspirant and not a deodorant. Start with something as simple as Dove or Sure Deodorant sticks. If they don’t work, see your GP and ask for a Prescription Antiperspirant and Deodorant. These typically have higher active ingredients of aluminium chloride. If you have tried these and they fail to work. Then our treatment is the next step for you.
  2. Is it safe? – The injectable medication for hyperhidrosis has been used since the early 80’s for blepharospasm and strabismus and is now used in several different medical conditions. The drug received FDA Approval to inhibit sweating in 1993.
  3. Does it hurt? – We use topical anaesthetics that are very effective when applied for the correct length of time. So no, it shouldn’t hurt.
  4. How long does it take? – You will need to allocate 60 mins to allow time for both the topical anaesthetic, assessment and the treatment itself.
  5. How may treatments do I need? Typically 1 treatment is all that is needed. During your assessment, your practitioner will tell you if you need to return for a 2 week follow up.
  6. How much does it cost to treat underarm sweating? – £400. 
  7. How does it work? – The medication basically stops the chemical in the nerve ending from being released to the muscle to tell it to contract. As a result your sweat glands will not produce sweat for up to 6 months.
  8. How long does underarm hyperhidrosis treatments last? -Evidence shows that the treatment lasts on average up to 6.7 months, that’s 201 days!
  9. What are the side effects? – side effects associated with a simple injection are tenderness, swelling and bruising.
  10. Where does the sweat go? Your sweat doesn’t go anywhere or get backed up because the sweat simply is not produced in the areas treated with the drug. Remember, the rest of your body is free to produce moisture normally.
  11. What brand will you be using? We will only use the licensed drug that is FDA approved for the treatment area. Due to advertising regulations we cannot advertise the brand online, however, please call our on 01633 462083 who will be happy to let you know which brand we use.
  12. When will the drug start to take effect? The drug will start to take effect within 3-7 days, with optimum results at 14 days.
  13. Can I get hyperhidrosis treated on the NHS? Yes, in some local authorities this is available, however, funding for this treatment has been removed from many local authorities. Why not ask your GP before coming to us?
  14. Who is the treatment suitable for? So long as you don’t have a medical history that contraindicates you having a treatment, this treatment is suitable for anyone who suffers with excessive sweating.

*Results vary from person to person, so having a consultation tailored to your face and your desired results can give you a firm foundation in making a decision on what is right for you.