Botox treatment for excess sweating, Dr Frati

Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) is not a temporary condition and many people who suffer from it have suffered for many years, often from childhood or sometimes from adolescence. Whether it is hot or cold, the sweating is constant, and the impact of hyperhidrosis can be severe. Wet clothing, clammy hands, smelly shoes and socks can cause the sufferer huge embarrassment and inconvenience. An inability to grip objects such as pens, cold and wet handshake, damage to keyboards and difficulty dealing with paper and metals, can make a miserable existence. Hyperhidrosis can also lead to other, painful skin irritations and in extreme cases, infection.

Botulinum Toxin (more commonly known by the brand, Botox) is well known for the treatment of lines and wrinkles. However, Botox is also an extremely effective treatment for localised hyperhidrosis and can give relief to sufferers when other measures such as antiperspirants, iontophoresis and other, prescribed medications have failed. For those that have not been successful with conventional remedies, Dr Frati offers Botox injections at his Harley Street clinic, to temporarily relieve this issue.

What is Botox?

Botulinum toxin type A is the substance that we know of as Botox (Botox is actually a brand of the product and not the substance itself). Botulinum toxin is a preparation of protein which, when small doses are administered as injections into the skin, blocks the nerves that supply the eccrine glands and this prevents the glands from producing sweat.

 How does the treatment work?

 The treatment involves a simple and quick injection of Botulinum Toxin type A (Botox) that will block the chemical messenger that’s sent to the sympathetic nerves before it reaches the sweat glands.

 Am I suitable for Botox?

Prior to any treatment, Dr Frati will conduct a comprehensive consultation where you will be able to discuss the areas of your concern and he will take a full medical history, including any medication you are currently taking. Only then, will Dr Frati be able to confirm if Botox is the right treatment for you.

 How long does the treatment take?

The treatment takes around 15-30 minutes and depending on where on the body the injections are administered, however, they may initially be injected with an anaesthetic, as many of the areas mentioned can be very sensitive and this will mean waiting a short while for the anaesthetic to take effect.

 When will I see results?

Botox works within a few days but can take as long as 14-21 days for the full effects to show through. Botox for sweating (hyperhidrosis) injections are not permanent, so we recommend repeat treatments at 3-6 monthly intervals to maintain the effects.

Is there any downtime?

The treatment has no downtime and you can travel home or back to work unchaperoned, as there is no sedation or medication with this procedure. You can return to work following treatment so this can be a lunchtime procedure for convenience.

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