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Hyperhidrosis Therapy

Hyperhidrosis Therapy treats excessive sweating of the armpit, palms of hands, and soles of feet. This treatment uses large volumes of BOTOX and is priced per unit. Treatment in this area last 4-12 months.

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30 Minutes

What is Hyperhidrosis Therapy?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive and often unpredictable sweating, far beyond what is needed to regulate body temperature. While sweating is a natural and necessary bodily function, hyperhidrosis takes it to an extreme, often causing significant discomfort and emotional distress. The condition can affect specific areas like the palms, soles, underarms, or face, or it can be generalized, impacting the entire body. Symptoms include visibly excessive sweating, damp clothing, and a moist appearance, even in the absence of physical exertion or hot conditions. In severe cases, hyperhidrosis can interfere with daily activities, such as gripping objects, and can lead to social anxiety or avoidance behaviors.

Who is a good candidate?

A good candidate for hyperhidrosis treatment is typically someone diagnosed with severe primary focal hyperhidrosis, Suitable candidates are adults that are generally in good overall health, are not pregnant or nursing, and do not have certain neuromuscular disorders that may interact adversely with treatments like Botox.

What are the benefits?

Hyperhidrosis treatments can offer a range of benefits that significantly improve the quality of life for individuals who suffer from excessive sweating. Here are some of the key benefits:

Physical Comfort

  1. Reduced Sweating: The most immediate benefit is a significant reduction in sweating in the treated areas, which can provide immense relief.

  2. Improved Grip: For those with palmar hyperhidrosis, treatments can make everyday activities like writing, driving, and holding objects easier.

  3. Less Skin Irritation: Excessive moisture can cause skin irritation and fungal infections; reducing sweat can alleviate these issues.

Psychological Well-being

  1. Increased Self-confidence: Many people with hyperhidrosis suffer from low self-esteem due to visible sweat marks and stains; treatments can help boost confidence.

  2. Reduced Social Anxiety: Concerns about handshakes, foot odor, or visible sweat patches can create social anxiety. Successful treatments can relieve these worries.

  3. Improved Emotional Well-being: Living with hyperhidrosis can be emotionally taxing. The relief from symptoms can result in a more stable emotional state.

Lifestyle and Convenience

  1. Wider Clothing Choices: Those with hyperhidrosis often have to select clothes that don’t show sweat stains. Post-treatment, a wider range of clothing options becomes available.

  2. Increased Physical Activity: Excessive sweating can make physical activities uncomfortable or slippery; treatment can make exercise more enjoyable.

  3. Better Personal Relationships: Reduced symptoms can lead to increased comfort in social settings and intimate situations, enhancing personal relationships.

Professional Life

  1. Enhanced Work Performance: Reduced sweating can improve the ability to handle tools, write clearly, and use electronic devices, thus potentially improving job performance.

  2. Reduced Workplace Anxiety: Concerns about sweating in professional settings, especially visible areas like the face or hands, can be mitigated, making it easier to focus on tasks.

Long-Term Management

  1. Sustainability: Many treatments offer extended relief, with some methods like Botox injections lasting up to several months, making the condition easier to manage long-term.

How does it work?

Botulinum toxin, commonly known by one of its trade names, Botox, is a neurotoxic protein that temporarily blocks the release of acetylcholine, the chemical neurotransmitter that stimulates sweat glands to produce sweat. When Botox is injected into specific areas where excessive sweating occurs, such as the armpits, palms, or soles of the feet, it essentially "turns off" the sweat glands in those areas by preventing the nerve signals from reaching them. This results in a localized reduction in sweating.

What should I expect before and after?

The procedure usually involves the following steps:

  1. Consultation: Our Medical Director evaluates the severity of the hyperhidrosis and determines if Botox is an appropriate treatment option.

  2. Preparation: The area to be treated can be numbed with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the injections.

  3. Injection: Using a fine needle, Botox is injected into the skin at multiple points in the area of excessive sweating. The exact number of injections will depend on the size of the treatment area.

  4. Post-treatment: After the injections, patients should avoid strenuous physical activity for a few hours but can generally return to normal activities immediately.

The effects of Botox for hyperhidrosis can last between 3 to 6 months starting a few days after treatment, depending on individual response and the area treated. After the effects wear off, the procedure can be repeated. While Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis is often highly effective and can significantly improve quality of life, it's not a permanent cure. The treatment also comes with the potential for side effects, including pain or bruising at the injection site, and in rare cases, flu-like symptoms.

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