Axillary Hyperhidrosis

Treatment for excessive sweating in men and women

Most people struggle to understand how much excessive sweating can impact on your life. From an inability to wear certain types or colours of clothes, to the social embarrassment of wet patches or hands. The good news is that Laser Skin Care can help with this condition.

What is Hyperhidrosis?

Primary hyperhidrosis is a disorder of excessive sweating which may affect any part of the body, most commonly the axillae (armpits), palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and forehead. It is a common condition affecting up to 3% of the Australian population.

Most sufferers will notice the development of this condition in late childhood, pubertal change but some also notice the problem starting in their mid 20s and onwards. It may seem like a non issue for non sufferers but the effect and impact this condition has on daily activities is often underestimated. It can greatly affect both social and work situations leading to avoidance of many activities. Quite often, there is a family history present in up to 30% of cases.

How we can help

It has been realised for some time that wrinkle relaxer injections also block the sympathetic nerves which supply the sweat glands, and in the last 10 years, studies have confirmed positive outcomes in the treatment of hyperhidrosis.

The wrinkle relaxer medication interacts with the nerves supplying the sweat glands (sympathetic nerves), blocking the release of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter responsible for sweat gland function. This results in a reduction of sweat production for the time the medicine is active.

The effectiveness of the injections in reducing sweat production is very good; a large majority of patients achieve at least a 50% reduction in sweating in the treated area. The duration of the effects varies from 3 – 18 months, with the usual length of action 6 to12 months. Re-treatment may then be performed to maintain the reduction in sweating.

How is the treatment performed?

The medication is injected directly into the affected area in a series of evenly placed, small injections. In some cases, this area can be delineated more clearly by the use of a combination of iodine paint and starch applied to the skin. In many cases though, this is unnecessary, and your doctor will simply map out the area to be treated with a skin marker pen.

In the axillae some 20 or so injections are performed for each side. If desired, local anaesthetic (EMLA) cream can be applied to the skin to reduce the sensitivity prior to injection.

What are the benefits?

How excessive sweating treatments can help you.

• Reduces excess sweating – Injections can help reduce excessive sweating for up to nine months.
• No downtime – You can resume your routine activity immediately post-treatment.
• Boost confidence – With sweat patches banished, you can feel free to wear whatever you like!

Preparation and aftercare

Post treatment instructions:

There is minimal to no downtime following the procedure. We usually recommend a mild over-the-counter pain medication and use of ice packs for a few days. You should be able to return to normal activities or work right after the procedure, and you can typically resume exercise within several days.

Some mild to moderate localized soreness or swelling is normal, and typically clears within a few weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there any side effects?

    Side effects are exceedingly rare but include temporary pinpoint bleeding, bruising and redness in the injected sites.

  • How long will treatment last for?

    It is highly effective in up to 95% of cases. Even milder cases can also benefit greatly from this simple treatment.

    It typically controls sweating for up to 9 months.

  • What causes Hyperhidrosis?

    The exact cause of hyperhidrosis is not known. The sympathetic nervous system is the portion of the nervous system that controls the body’s energy and resources during stress or arousal stimuli.

    Abnormal function of the central sympathetic nervous system may contribute to the development of hyperhidrosis.Therefore, when a person with focal hyperhidrosis experiences such stimuli (e.g. excitement or fear) their sweat glands produce even more perspiration. Up to two-thirds of people with the condition have a family history, suggesting that genes may be involved.
    Some of the common triggers of Hyperhidrosis are:

    • Exercise
    • Heat
    • Stress, anxiety or strong emotions

  • What areas can be treated for Hyperhidrosis?

    At Laser Skin Care we treat the underarms for hyperhidrosis. However, some people also experience hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) on the hands, feet and even face.

  • Is it safe?

    The therapy has an excellent overall safety record. The small doses used for treatment of hyperhidrosis present no risk to the body in general.

  • Does it work for everyone?

    To date, our doctors have had no failed responses in over 10 years of treatments. It is reported that a very small proportion of patients have pre-existing antibodies to the substance, and do not respond. Unfortunately, there is no way of identifying this small group of people beforehand.

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