Hyperhidrosis is also known as: Excessive Sweating Treatment and Excessive Perspiration Treatment.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Excessive sweating, medically known as hyperhidrosis, involves overactive sweat glands. Excessive underarm sweating can disrupt many aspects of a person’s life, from career choices and recreational activities to relationships, emotional well being and self esteem. Uncontrolled sweating may occur in various parts of the body including the hands, feet, or underarms. This condition may be a hereditary or physiological condition.
What treatments are available for hyperhydrosis?
- Fortunately with the recent advances in medicine, many forms of treatment are available to treat hyperhidrosis such a medications, topical antiperspirants, iontophoresis, botulinium toxin and surgery.
- Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy or ETS is the most effective surgical method to treat severe hyperhidrosis. This surgery is performed by a surgeon and is not available at the Rodin Clinic.
- At the Rodin Clinic we use botulinium toxin as the treatment of choice.
What is botulinium toxin?
The substance used for this treatment is extracted from bacteria and refined into a medication that is a natural purified protein.
How does the treatment work?
- Administration of botulinium toxin reversibly blocks the release of acetylcholine from nerve terminals and therefore it can stop specific muscles or glands from performing tasks.
- Injections of botulinium toxin are expected to block the release of the chemical which is responsible for triggering overactive sweat glands that cause excessive perspiration.
What does the treatment involve?
Pre treatment Consultation
A consultation is provided by one of trained practitioners. This consultation enables you to express your concerns freely and confidentially. A consultation fee of $50 applies, however, this will be deducted from your initial treatment. Following an assessment and examination a tailored treatment plan will be provided and the most appropriate treatment for you will be discussed.
- The treatment involves injections to each armpit using a very fine needle.
- Discomfort is generally minimal and brief, and no anaesthetic is usually required. Should you be particularly worried about discomfort, an anaesthetic cream can be applied prior to the injection.
- The treatment generally takes around 20 minutes and you able to return to work immediately if need be.
- You may wish to cool the treated area with an ice pack to minimse swelling and discomfort.
- Refrain from taking blood thinning substances (eg vitamin e, fish oil, aspirin, alcohol) for 24 hours.
- Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours.
- Do not apply deodorants for 24 hours.
- The most important thing is to not massage the area for the next 24 hours.
- Not massaging the area will keep the substance in the area is intended for.
- To assist with any bruising you may wish to apply a topical treatment such as arnica or hirudoid cream.
- Avoid laser, IPL or electrolysis treatments for two weeks after treatment.
Follow Up Appointment
- You will be requested to return to the clinic approximately 2 weeks following your treatment.
- This is an important part of the treatment process as your practitioner will ensure that your treatment is complication free and that you are satisfied with the treatment outcome.
Who will perform my treatment?
- A registered nurse, thoroughly trained in the latest techniques of facial rejuvenation.
- Our nurse has many years of experience and is constantly updating her techniques in order to provide you with outstanding care and results.
- Please see our staff profiles for further information.
What results can be expected from the treatment?
- Results will vary amongst individuals.
- A large majority of clients obtain a significant reduction in their sweating.
- Please note that this treatment will not stop you from sweating but reduce it to a more manageable level.
When can I see results and how long will they last?
- Results are not instant, they will evolve within 14 days.
- For most people, the effect will last approximately 7 months.
- Longevity of results may vary from person to person.
Are there any possible complications or side effects?
- A perceived increase in sweating in areas other than the underarms.
- Pain at the injection site.
- Hot flushes.
- Transient arm weakness.
What is the cost of treatment?
- The cost of treatment will depend on the dose that you require.
- The required dose will vary according to the size and activity of the area being treated and this differs between individuals.
- You may be eligible for a partial rebate from medicare. This cannot be determined until after your consultation with Dr Cooper.
- Please contact us to make an appointment to see Dr Cooper and our registered nurse for a consultation. At your consultation you will be provided with an estimated cost of treatment.