Treatment of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
What is excessive sweating?
Excessive sweating in medical terms hyperhidrosis is a pathology that affects the quality of life and consists of an exaggerated activity of the sweat glands that produce a much greater amount of sweat secretion than normal. It can occur in the axillary area, palms and soles.
It is perfectly normal to sweat under conditions of physical exertion, stress or when the temperatures are high outside. But there are also people who constantly sweat regardless of the season or their emotional state.
Who are the ideal candidates for this procedure?
This procedure is recommended for people with excessive sweating who do not react to antiperspirants, those who have an unpleasant odor and obviously people in good general condition.
How botulinum toxin works
Botulinum toxin is injected in very small doses in the armpit and prevents perspiration by blocking the signal transmitted by nerve endings to the sweat glands.Botulinum toxin treatment is minimally invasive, safe, FDA approved and is very effective both for excessive axillary sweating and for other areas such as the palms, soles and craniofacial area.
What is the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis?
Before starting the procedure will be done the test with iodine and starch to
could view and mark areas with increased secretion. The procedure is a quick, painless one using a local anesthetic cream to reduce the patient's discomfort and consists of intradermal injection of botulinum toxin into the affected area using a very fine needle.
Temporary redness and inflammation of the area may occur at the injection site but will disappear within a few days.
Contraindications to the procedure
Botulinum toxin treatment is not indicated in the following cases:
• pregnant or breastfeeding women
• allergy to botulinum toxin
• severe neurological diseases (myasthenia gravis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
• people who have an infection in the area to be injected
Recommendations before performing the procedure
• avoid anti-inflammatory or anticoagulant / antiplatelet medications as they may increase the risk of bruising
• avoid intense physical exertion and prolonged hot baths on the day of injection
Recommendations after the procedure
Immediately after the procedure, the following will be avoided: massage of the injected area for 24 hours, avoid epilation of the injected area and also avoid intense physical exertion and sauna for one week after the procedure.
The effect of the toxin is installed gradually, somewhere between 2 and 5 days, and the result is maintained between 4 and 6 months, depending on the body. In people with more profuse sweating, the results are maintained for a shorter period