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No Sweat: Botox for Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)

May 18, 2018

Hyperhidrosis, also known as excessive sweating, is more common in the general population than you might think. Rather than a hygiene issue, hyperhidrosis is a medical condition causing a larger volume of sweat to be excreted than is normal. This problem often has a serious impact on one's daily life, and can affect the craniofacial region or face, as well as the axilla (armpit) area, hands and feet. 

Sweating is a natural process whereby the body self-regulates and cools itself. Everybody sweats. Excessive sweating is more problematic, and can be addressed medically.

At SISU Clinics across Ireland, we carry out a large volume of hyperhidrosis treatments using Botox. It is a safe, effective and reliable way to reduce excessive sweating. SISU is known as a clinical provider of trust for hyperhidrosis treatments in Dublin, Cork and Killarney.

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Is excessive sweating common?

About 5% of the population suffer from excessive sweating and in extreme cases it can be a very difficult condition to live with. So that means that approximately 70,000 people out of Dublin’s 1.4 million population may suffer from hyperhidrosis.

There is a genetic component to the condition, but it can also occur with no obvious cause. But excessive sweating occurs more highly in individuals between the ages of 18-39 years.


What are the main areas affected by hyperhidrosis?

People can suffer from excessive sweating in just one area. Likewise, they may also suffer from what is called multifocal hyperhidrosis - excessive sweating in more than one area. More than 50% of people experience hyperhidrosis in the underarm area, 29% are affected by sweaty palms, and approximately 20% report the face as the number area affected. (Canadian Medical Association Journal;172(1): 69-75.)


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How does Botulinum toxin work for excessive sweating?

OnabotulinumtoxinA, commonly known under the brand name Botox, is a purified protein that can block the chemical responsible for activating sweat glands. By blocking this messenger, Botox relaxes the muscle contractions that cause sweat excretion, thus reducing the volume of sweat excreted.


Does botulinum toxin for hyperhidrosis hurt?

At SISU, our patient pathway and protocols are designed to ensure that each treatment is virtually painless. For more sensitive areas such as the hands and feet, we use a topical anaesthetic cream after numbing the area with ice for 15 - 20 minutes. At SISU's clinics in Dublin, Cork and Killarney, we use diamond-tipped, micro-fine needles to ensure minimal discomfort.


How fast will Botox start working for hyperhidrosis?

On average, Botox begins to work after about four to six days. For some patients it begins to work within 24 hours. Botox's effect is strongest at two weeks. At SISU, all of our patients return at the two week mark for a check-up and to assess their results. For excessive sweating, it allows your treating doctor to review the area and determined if needed additional Botox should be administered - at no extra charge to you.

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How long do Botox treatments for excessive sweating last?

On average patients get approximately six months of reduced sweating per treatment. But this is variable and dependent on the severity of the hyperhidrosis and the activity of the individual. We have some patients who attend clinic just once a year, as they find the level of the reduction achieved with one annual treatment is sufficient.

If you are plagued by excessive sweating and want to explore how Botox injections can alleviate this problem, book a free consultation with one of our doctors. Our highly-skilled aesthetic physicians at SISU's Cork, Dublin, and Killarney clinics have helped hundreds of people with hyperhidrosis and can help you, too. Your SISU doctor will give you a personal assessment, explaining the treatment in full and answering all of your questions. Click here to book your free consultation today. 

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