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Sweating, or perspiration, is a normal phenomenon in humans. The evaporation of water from the skin takes heat away from the body and so sweating is essential for temperature control.
The control of sweating is via the sympathetic nervous system. The nerve runs from the brain, down the spinal cord and then comes out and communicates with the sympathetic nerve which lies in the ‘sympathetic chain’. The sympathetic chain lies on the bone of the spinal column. This nerve then runs from the sympathetic chain to the skin where it connects to the sweat glands. The nerve controlling sweating depends upon a chemical transmitter called acetylcholine which is a molecule produced at the very ends of the nerve fibres.
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) can be a troublesome problem that results in awkward social situations for those affected. It is caused by stimulation of the ecrine sweat glands by the nerve endings which are the final nerve pathways from higher centres in the brain. These nerves respond to different kinds of stress: emotional stress (intimate social situations or public speaking) or physical stress (increased body temperature from exercise or hot and humid weather). Some people are routinely troubled by excessive sweating whilst others are only bothered when they are under emotional stress, physically active or over-heated.
What happens during treatment?
The underarms are shaved (or you can arrive with shaved armpits!). After application of a anaesthetic an iodine and corn starch test will identify the affected area. Using a very fine needle tiny amounts of Botulinum toxinA protein are injected and binds to the nerve that controls sweating in the skin. The protein then works by reducing the effect of local nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. This results in the production of less sweat.
A first course usually lasts between 4 and 9 months whilst subsequent courses are more effective and last from 6 to 12 months. Heavy physical exercise should be avoided for several hours post treatment but generally clients may engage in any normal activity. Most people notice some change for the better within a week of their treatment although individual responses can vary. In clinical trials sweat production was reduced by more than 90% within two weeks of hyperhidrosis treatment.
Injections into the armpit can cause some tiny bruises which fade in a few days. Occasionally small persistent areas of sweating may need a second treatment session at 2 weeks, free of charge. There is no risk of muscle weakness, numbness or permanent change in the underarm skin. Occasionally there is a perception that sweating in other areas of the body increases, however here is no clinical evidence to support this.
Individuals with a known hypersensitivity to any component of the formulation.
Patients who have generalised disorders of muscle activity (e.g. myasthenia gravis).
Patients where aminoglycoside antibiotics or spectinomycin are already being used or are likely to be used.
Patients who have bleeding disorders of any type.
Pregnant or lactating women.
Anyone with an increased or problem of underarm sweating.
Anyone who worries about sweating through their clothes.
Anyone who will be wearing a fabulous outfit for a fabulous event such as a summer ball or a wedding
Anyone who would like to wear fine fabrics, sleeveless shirts and blouses, or who would like to take their jacket off.
Anyone working in close contact with others such as hairstylists, nurses, physicians, dentists, hygienists, and flight attendants.
Anyone working in hot conditions, such as models, television personalities and chefs.
Anyone making public presentations including executives, teachers and salesmen.