Hyperhidrosis : Excessive Sweating Treatments at dermalclinic® Edinburgh.
As advanced practitioners dermalclinic® are able to offer a life changing treatment for excessive sweating.
Excessive sweating is medically known as hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis can affect any area of the body as it is induced by the sympathetic nervous system. Some level of sweating is perfectly normal, to control body temperature, however approximately 1% of the population find themselves with a revved-up system causing sweating to occur at inappropriate times, and far too great in quantity to just control body temperature. The condition of hyperhidrosis affects sexes and races equally.
Excessive SweatingExcessive sweating can have a profound effect on confidence and self-esteem. Everyday simple activities can embarrassing and stressful. Shaking someone’s hand at the start of a business meeting, performing a presentation either in front of friends or work colleagues, father of the bride speech, activities such as shaking hands or removing a jacket can become a major ordeal, and for students, whose hands drip over their exam papers, it’s just one more unwelcome distraction.
This treatment is so effective that there will be no more need for antiperspirants and deodorants and results could last around 6 to 12 months.
The only treatment available for this condition is by using Botulinum Toxin which is injected into the affected area. It blocks the signals from the brain to the sweat glands thereby reducing the amount of sweat that is produced.
The most common areas treated by dermal clinic are: forehead, underarms, palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
Hyperhidrosis treatment is performed using Botulinum Toxin Type A. It is very important that a full medical history and clinic examination is performed to rule out any other medical conditions which could also be causing the excessive sweating prior to treatment. Then the affected area will be cleaned, iodine will then be applied, followed by starch. This process helps us to identify exactly where the sweating is coming from. A grid shape is then drawn onto the affected area using a brow pencil.
If the underarms are being treated it is very helpful if the area is shaved prior to visiting the clinic, so yes, men too please!
The Botulinum toxin is then injected (using very small needles) into the skin across the area of the grid. I usually advise patients to wear old or dark clothing to the clinic on the day of their treatment, so as not to spoil an outfit by accidentally getting the iodine on it.
From personal experience I can assure you that the procedure is far more comfortable than you are expecting.
Results are not immediate, but by about two weeks post treatment, most patients are enjoying life with their new dryness and increased confidence.
Results can last up to a year, however most patients opt to repeat the treatment after six months to maintain the full effects.
Patients often report that they feel more confident wearing their Christmas or wedding outfit knowing that sweat marks are one less thing to worry about! Now silk and dark colours can be an option!