Sweating is the body’s natural way of responding to heat and stressful stimuli such as exercise, helping to keep our bodies cool and free of toxins. Hyperhidrosis is a medical term used to describe abnormally excessive sweating that is not related to heat or exercise.
Hyperhidrosis occurs when overactive sweat glands release a volume of sweat that is significantly more than the body’s normal requirement. This means, sweating so much that it may soak through clothing or drip off of hands. The cause is mostly unknown, though there is evidence of a genetic link.
It is often disruptive to all aspects of a person’s life, and may affect everything from career choices and recreational activities to relationships, emotional well-being, and self-confidence.
- The International Hyperhidrosis society predicts that millions of people suffer from Hyperhidrosis world-wide (up to 5% of the population)
- Patients suffering from focal Hyperhidrosis may be candidates for Botox injections
- Successful management of this condition may also include lifestyle changes or oral medication as recommended by your treating specialist
Hyperhidrosis is generally classified into two categories-
- Generalised Hyperhidrosis– sweating all over the body.
- Focal Hyperhidrosis– sweating limited to a particular area(s), usually occurring in the underarms, scalp, palms or soles of the feet.
The Botox temporarily blocks the nerve’s ability to release the chemical messenger acetylcholine. As a result, the sweat gland does not receive the message to release sweat.
During this treatment, numerous very fine injections are made in the affected area by a trained medical professional, injecting the Botox just under the skin. Most patients find this treatment well tolerated, with discomfort typically minimal and brief. The treatment takes only 5 minutes and is usually effective for up to 4 months, after which treatment may need to be repeated.
It is recommended that you refrain from using deodorants for 24 hours prior to your procedure and avoid any activities which may induce sweating for 24 hours following your procedure, however normal activities can be resumed soon after.
There is minimal down time! Avoid exercises that may make you sweat a day prior and the day after. After this time, your normal activities can be resumed.
We recommend booking in for a free consultation with one of our registered nurses to assess if you will be eligible for this rebate prior to seeing our dermatologists as specific regulations have been laid out by Medicare.