What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term to describe excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis can be linked to medical conditions such as thyroid disorder, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), adrenal gland disorder and so on, or more commonly simply due to overactive sweat glands. People with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when the environment is not warm or when they are not exercising. It usually affects the underarms (axilla) but it is also relatively common in hands and feet.
Uncontrollable, excessive sweating can cause significant embarrassment and can often lead to emotional stress and social avoidance. When deodorants and antiperspirants fail to control the excessive sweating, underarm fillers can be an effective alternative. The drug is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to be used in the treatment of excessive sweating. It works by temporarily blocking the nerves that stimulate sweating.
The procedure is simple and safe; it can be completed within 30 minutes. Topical anaesthetic cream would be offered prior to the procedure to minimise any discomfort. Shaving or trimming of underarm hair at least 12 hours before the procedure is recommended to reduce the risk of infection.
The effects of the procedure should start to be apparent from 2-4 weeks time and it can last up to 9 months, depending on the individual.
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Hyperhidrosis treatment - both underarms
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
Abstain from use of deodorants or antiperspirants for 24 hours prior to treatment
Rest comfortably without exercise, hot beverages for ~30 minutes prior to treatment
Your skin will be cleansed and disinfected
The areas will be anaesthetised by topical anaesthesia or local block
Only very small needles are used to minimise discomfort
Ice pack will be used to minimise discomfort and bruising
Not applicable: during pregnancy or breast feeding
In individuals with known hypersensitivity to b0tulinum toxin A or human albumin
In the presence of infection or severe inflammation at the injection sites
Disorders of the neuromuscular junction
• Myasthenia gravis
• Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome
• Multiple sclerosis
Concurrent treatment such as electrolysis and iontophoresis.
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
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 weeks
The result is seen in 2-4 weeks time and last from 4 to 9 months