Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition leading to excessive sweating. This can often affect the lifestyle and the confidence of the sufferer. There is a lot of useful information available for those suffering from hyperhidrosis- find many useful links here, on the Hyperhidrosis Support Group website.
Excessive sweating can be reduced by injecting Botulinum Toxin superficially into the skin in the affected area. Commonly this is used effectively under the arms and on the palms of the hands although it could be used anywhere where excessive sweating occurs.
Who is hyperhidrosis treatment for?
As well as being a treatment for a medical condition, this is also a great option to help anyone who would like to minimise sweating – for example, to stop sweat marks on a summer dress or shirt. Before you attend for treatment PLEASE discuss with your General Practitioner, the potential for referral for free treatment on the NHS! Dr. Aicken offers a private service and despite many of our practitioners also working through the NHS, treatments given at a Visage Aesthetics UK clinic are private and subject to the cost mentioned above.
Are there any side effects?
Commonly underarm or palm Botulinum Toxin injections will lead to ‘compensatory sweating’. This is when stopping sweating in one area leads to increased sweating elsewhere – for example, the back or thighs. Although this is very common, most patients report high satisfaction levels in the overall outcome – presumably, because they can tolerate sweating excessively elsewhere on their body more than in the area treated.
Underarm shaving is best avoided for 48 hours before or after treatment. Shaving within this timeframe simply gives a slight increase in the risk of a skin infection. If you need to shave your palms you may be suffering from Werewolf syndrome (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypertrichosis)
How much does it cost?
Hyperhidrosis treatment is £400 for the underarms or palms of the hands.
Will it hurt?
At our clinics, we insist on applying anaesthetic cream to the skin for at least 30 minutes prior to injection. Following this application, treatment is virtually pain-free.
How long does it last?
Typically results will last 9-12 months.
How long does it take?
Injections take 15-30 minutes, but you should allow an additional 30 minutes for the anaesthetic cream to take effect beforehand and also time to discuss your treatment with your practitioner.