This is a VERY effective treatment for excessive sweating.
My clients tell me that it is ‘life changing’ because they have often suffered in silence for many years. Some have sought help from their GP and tried various anti-perspirants and topical medications but still suffer with large under arm wet patches throughout the day.
These clients, maybe like you, have suffered with worry and embarrassment on a daily basis for many years and it affects their lives daily. The positive impact this procedure can have is remarkable and the increase in my client’s confidence is amazing!
Even though Hyperhydrosis is a known medical condition, as far as I am aware, it is not widely available (or certainly not promoted) on the NHS…
So, how does it work?
Botox, which is a preparation of protein, is used to treat the excessive sweating. When Botox is injected into the skin it has a ‘message blocking’ effect on the nerves. The nerve is then unable to send the message to ‘produce sweat’ to the glands, therefore the glands don’t produce the sweat.
Once the skin is prepared, I give tiny injections just under the skin into the armpit area. I’m going to be honest with you here, these do sting a little…but it is all over quite quickly. I use an ice pack for comfort to cool the area immediately afterwards which provides fast relief.
The research suggests that most people will get a massive 80-90% reduction in the amount they sweat in the armpit area, and in my experience this is a true reflection. Can you imagine sweating that much less?
Immediately afterwards I tell my clients to expect some redness, tenderness, maybe a little swelling and potentially some little bruises. These usually subside very quickly but the area might feel delicate for a day or so. There is also a possibility that you could experience a ‘achy’ feelings under your arms, but this is not common and usually subsides after a day or so too.
How quickly does it work?
The Botox usually starts to work within 3-7 days. Then will have taken full affect by 3 weeks.
How long will it last?
This varies slightly from person to person…but can last for between 3-6 months (sometimes longer). I see most of my clients twice a year for this procedure and by 6 months they can feel the Botox has mostly or fully worn off. Our bodies are clever and over time will metabolise the Botox away and create new nerve pathways to send the ‘sweat message’ again.
Will it hurt?
In all honesty, it isn’t a relaxing procedure! Tiny needles are involved therefore there will be some discomfort, however I try my best to alleviate this with a ice-pack to immediately calm the inflammation. You can choose to take two Paracetamol 20 minutes before your procedure if you prefer, which helps.
How much does it cost?
I charge £500 for this procedure. This price includes your consultation with me, the procedure itself performed by me and all appropriate aftercare advice and support.
Please note: It is important to know that this procedure is not a cure for excessive sweating, it gives temporary relief and usually provides such peace of mind.
To conclude… Botox is definitely a worthy consideration when anti-perspirents, topical medications and iontophoresis are not suitable or have not worked for you.
It makes me SOOO happy to be able to offer a procedure which makes such a difference to my client’s lives. This is why I am a Nurse…To make people feel happier and more confident. If you would like to discuss this treatment further, why not book in for a consultation with me?