Price: £440 for both underarms
Procedure time: 30 minutes (estimated)
Number of treatments: 1
Anaesthetic: topical skin cream
Recovery time: none to 24-48 hours
Duration of results: 6-12 months
consultation for excessive sweating
Excess sweat production, officially known as hyperhidrosis, can effectively be controlled by treatment with botulinum toxin injections (commonly known as Botox) which prevent the sweat glands from producing sweat. This procedure is a very effective way to reduce sweating in the underarm area and have been used safely and effectively since 1994 for this condition.
Sometimes, producing too much sweat can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition or a side-effect of certain medications. This is more likely if your sweating is generalised with many different areas of the body being affected and should always be referred to your GP for investigation. However, sweating profusely from single areas of the body, such as the underarms, hands, feet and face is not usually associated with an underlying medical condition. Its cause is predominantly unknown but it is thought that genetics may play a part as there is often a family history of hyperhidrosis - this type of excessive sweating is usually considered a cosmetic concern and NHS treatment options may often be limited.
There are a number of treatments that can help to reduce excessive sweating, including topical therapies and anti-perspirants. If you have already tried these and they haven't been successful in reducing your sweating, then injectable therapy may be an option and this will be discussed during your consultation. It is important to note, however, that injectable treatment will not cure hyperhidrosis but is an effective way of managing symptoms and treatment will need to be repeated when the effects gradually wear off – usually at around 8-12 months, but sometimes longer.
Treatment will be administered at the clinic, requires relatively little time and does not demand any restrictions in work or leisure activity (aside from refraining from intensive exercise or the use of a sauna on the day of the treatment). Prior to treatment of the underarms, to ease any potential discomfort, a local anaesthetic cream can be applied before treatment to numb the area.
**Prior to botulinum toxin treatment it is a legal requirement that you have had a face to face consultation and assessment with a qualified prescribing nurse, doctor or dentist. Additionally, for your safety, it is recommended that this procedure is only carried out by a specially trained and experienced healthcare professional.