If you suffer from excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), or are embarrassed by stains on your clothes, Dolce Vita Skin now offers an injectable treatment that can last for up to nine months and will eliminate sweat problems from different areas.
Injectable Hyperhidrosis Treatment
Hyperhydrosis sufferers usually produce more sweat than is needed to control their body temperature. This can leave armpits and palms constantly damp, and can make everyday activities more difficult to carry out, or cause embarrassing social situations.
To treat the condition, the same injectable used to treat wrinkles can be injected into the affected area, usually armpits and palms, blocking the action of nerves that supply the eccrine (sweat) glands. This will stop the glands from producing sweat.
Treatment totally blocks the nerve ending for about 6-12 weeks but then new nerve endings start to form. However the effects of treatment still last for several months before eventually wearing off.
Many patients treated in the axilla also report that there is also significant reduction in body odor (bromhydrosis) produced under the arms.
Unlike antiperspirants or topical treatments, the treatment targets sweating at its source, and enters the specific glands responsible for excessive sweating, blocking the release of the chemical which causes the production of perspiration.
In clinical studies in the USA, 95% of patients with hyperhidrosis that was severe enough to interfere with their daily lives experienced the benefits of the treatment after just one week, with sweating reduced by an average of 83%.
Half of patients report that after one treatment they are free of excessive sweating for more than 7 months, and more than one third of patients are still free of excess sweating after one year. Because you continue to sweat normally in other areas, there is no concern about overheating.
As an alternative to other medications, electrical treatment or surgery, injections for excessive sweating are a simple procedure with little discomfort or risk; and are usually less expensive than surgery. Some people will only want treatment before an important event (for example, a wedding). Others, whose sweating is mainly a problem during hot weather, may have treatment at the start of every summer. However, treatments can be safely continued year-round if necessary to maintain control of your sweating.
Hyperhidrosis Treatment FAQs
Why do we sweat?
There are a number of reasons we sweat. It can be a reaction to your body heating up, whether it’s because of exercise, work, or outside temperature, your brain reacts by releasing sweat from the more than 2.5 million eccrine glands spread out across nearly all of your body, pouring liquid through pores to lower your body temperature. Humans also have apocrine glands, these also get activated during exercise, but apocrine glands also come alive when we get emotional, nervous, or excited.
What causes excessive sweating?
There are two categories of hyperhidrosis: primary and secondary.
Primary hyperhidrosis is the most common, and the cause is unknown. Primary hyperhidrosis usually starts in childhood and there is usually runs in families.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is sweating caused by an underlying medical condition and may affect the whole body. Possible causes include hyperthyroidism, menopause or obesity. During your consultation, Dr Nik will help you determine the cause of your excessive sweating.
Which areas of the body can be treated for hyperhidrosis?
Dr Nik primarily treats the underarms for hyperhidrosis. However, if you experience hyperhidrosis on the hands, feet or even the face we can assess whether injectable treatment is suitable for these areas also.