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If you are a man who sweats more than the normal person in situations where excess sweating isn’t warranted, you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis. This can lead to embarrassing moments where sweat soaks through your clothing or drips excessively off your hands. Excessive sweating affects around two in every 100 people in the UK, so it’s more common than you might think. Thankfully, there are treatments to help with your overactive sweat glands, so you can live a normal life again.

What Is Hyperhidrosis?

Sweating is a normal body mechanism that cools you off when your body is overheated or you are nervous. Hyperhidrosis is the medical term to describe when this normal sweating becomes excessive and can’t be controlled. It can be linked to other medical conditions, such as testosterone imbalance, thyroid disorder or adrenal gland disorder, but it is often due to overactive sweat glands.

Men with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when the environment is not warm and when they are not exercising. It usually affects the underarms (axilla), but it is also common in the hands and feet. Uncontrollable excessive sweating in men can cause significant embarrassment in everyday life and can lead to emotional stress and social avoidance. So it’s important to seek help if you are experiencing excessive sweating.

What Causes Excess Sweating?

There is no medical cause for hyperhidrosis, but there are indicators that it might be hereditary. Excessive sweating can also be triggered by medical conditions like thyroid disorder, diabetes, nervous system disorders and obesity. And certain prescription drugs may induce excessive sweating too. While this condition doesn’t cause physical harm to most people, it can have a negative effect on their quality of life, causing them to shy away from public situations and even romantic relationships.

How Can I Stop Myself from Excessively Sweating?

When deodorants and antiperspirants fail to control excessive sweating, underarm fillers can be an effective treatment. Botox is safe and approved to be used in the treatment of excessive sweating in the underarms by the EU and FDA (Food and Drug Administration). It works by blocking the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. It can also be used to treat hands and feet, but may not be as effective. You will need to come into the clinic once or twice a year for Botox top-ups to maintain the results. Using Botox for focal hyperhidrosis (excess sweating not caused by a medical condition) can last four months to a year depending on the individual. While this procedure may not be available on the NHS, we will help you get the treatment you need to help improve your quality of life.

Getting Botox is simple and safe and can be completed within 30 minutes. You can go back to your normal activities after your appointment. A topical anaesthetic cream will be offered prior to the procedure to minimise any discomfort. Shaving or trimming of underarm hair 12 hours before the procedure is recommended to reduce the risk of infection. Effects can take a couple of weeks to be seen, so be patient if you don’t see results right away. 

If excess sweating is affecting your daily life and has led to emotional stress and social avoidance, it’s time to speak to your doctor about treatment. There are several treatment methods that patients can try, from prescription antiperspirant and medicine to surgery. But many of our clients get positive results using Botox as a way to stop excessive sweating.

Do you need help with excessive sweating? We can help you treat your hyperhidrosis, so you can get back to a normal life. Contact us today to arrange a consultation at our cosmetic skin clinic at Harley Street.

About Your Treatment

Your treatment

  • PROCEDURE TIME 30-45 minutes

  • BACK TO WORK Same day


  • FULL RECOVERY 1-2 days

  • DURATION OF RESULT 4-9 months

  • RESULTS 2-4 weeks

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Excessive Sweating

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Before your treatment:
• Avoid Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) medicine for 2 days (e.g. ibuprofen, diclofenac).
• Avoid vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba for 2 days.
• Avoid alcoholic beverages for 1 day.
• Avoid aspirin for 7 days (if you take aspirin for medical reason, please consult your doctor).

If treatment in the underarms is needed, please shave / trim within 12 hours prior the procedure. Please abstain from use of deodorants or antiperspirants for 24 hours prior to treatment. Rest comfortably without exercise or hot beverages for ~30 minutes prior to treatment.
Yes excessive sweating can be treated. The procedure is simple and safe and can be completed within 30 minutes.
During the procedure your skin will be cleansed and disinfected. The areas will be anaesthetised by topical anaesthesia or a local block depending on the need.
Only very small needles are used to minimise discomfort and an ice pack will be used to minimise discomfort and bruising.
Treatment is not recommended for individuals with known hypersensitivity to botulinum toxin A or human albumin or in the presence of infection or severe inflammation at the injection sites.

We would also advise against treatment for those with disorders of the neuromuscular junction (Myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, Multiple sclerosis, Myopathies).

Some side effects are rare, mild bruising might occur, but this usually fades quickly (you can minimise bruising by avoiding medication aforementioned before the procedure).
Compensatory sweating elsewhere is a possibility, but generally much easier to be managed.
You can carry on with your day pretty much as usual immediately after leaving the clinic. The result is seen in 2-4 weeks time and last from 4 to 9 months.

For the best results:
• Please avoid putting on anything on the treatment areas for at least 4 hours after treatment.
• Please avoid strenuous exercise for 2 days.
• Please avoid alcohol for 2 days.
• Please avoid sun tanning / sauna / extreme heat for 2 week.

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