Sweating is a necessary body function, but for those who suffer from excessive sweating, known scientifically as hyperhidrosis, it can be debilitating, embarrassing, and unmanageable. Whilst your doctor may be able to prescribe anti-perspirants or soaps to help with the issue, treating hyperhidrosis with Botulinum Toxin has been shown to produce an 82% reduction in sweating.
Depending on how many syringes are required, both the cost and the procedure time will vary between patients. The procedure usually takes between 10-30 minutes, during which the Botulinum Toxin will be injected with a fine needle. When injected into the face or neck, Botulinum Toxin prevents signals from nerve endings reaching the muscles, temporarily paralysing them and, in turn, appearing to smooth the overlying skin. When applied under the arms, it instead operates on the glands, intercepting the messages to secrete sweat and greatly reducing the level of perspiration. Botulinum Toxin for the treatment of hyperhidrosis is commonly applied to the underarms, palms, feet and scalp.
At The Pabari Clinic in Maidenhead, all Botulinum Toxin injections are performed by our founder, Mr Amit Pabari, one of the UK’s leading plastic surgeons. For an initial consultation, please get in touch with us by calling 01628 770123 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long until I see results, and how long will they last?
Results may not be obvious straight away, and can take up to a week to take effect. Full results should be apparent from 7-10 days. For optimal results, avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area for a minimum of three days post-treatment, and try not to undertake strenuous exercise for 24 hours. Depending on how fast your body breaks down the Botulinum Toxin, results can last between 3-6 months, and top-up injections are recommended to maintain results.
What are the side effects and downtime?
Botulinum Toxin is a non-invasive procedure that usually takes no more than 20 minutes, and requires no downtime. However, the injections may cause pain or discomfort, and swelling and bruising in the injection site is common. This should subside within a few days. Some patients may experience flu-like symptoms for up to 24 hours after treatment, including a mild headache.
Are there any contraindications?
Botulinum Toxin injections are not to be undergone by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, those with muscular disorders, or if the injection site is infected. During your consultation with Mr Pabari, a full assessment will ensure Botulinum Toxin is suitable for you.