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What You Need To Know About Excessive Sweating

ARTISTIC AESTHETIC MEDICINE

Today, we are going to continue our series of FAQ blogs by telling you everything you need to know about excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis as it is otherwise known. Just like our guides to Botox® and lip fillers, or our most recent FAQ on smile lines, we are going to delve into all the facts and misconceptions about this surprisingly common condition – from its causes to its treatment options and everything in between. 

Dr Rasha Rakhshani is the founder of Dr Rasha Clinic, a private aesthetics practice based in Mayfair, London. At this location, Dr Rasha regularly combines her extensive knowledge of medical aesthetics with her artistic flair, providing her patients and clients with an unrivalled experience that you simply will not find anywhere else in the capital. Dr Rasha is widely considered to be one of the leading experts in aesthetics, with a worldwide client base that regularly travels from all over the globe to make use of her expertise. 

If you want to tap into some of this knowledge, free of charge, and learn how to control your hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating at the same time, then continue reading below and get an opinion you can trust!

What is excessive sweating? 

Excessive sweating is a common condition that affects around 3-5% of the population. Those who suffer from it will find that it either affects their whole body or specific areas, such as the palms or underarms. 

Sweating is a perfectly natural bodily function that is extremely beneficial. When you become warm, for example, you will unconsciously begin to sweat, coating your skin with moisture to help control the temperature of your body. If this didn’t happen, you could be prone to overheating or come into contact with a condition like heat stroke. 

It is normal for sweating to occur if you are nervous, anxious, engaging in strenuous activities or exercise, or even as a result of some hormone imbalances. However, for those who suffer from excessive sweating, far more sweat is produced than is necessary without any obvious triggers. This means you could start sweating at any time, for any reason – it doesn’t matter if you are in bed, running a marathon or sitting at a desk. As you can imagine, this can make day-to-day activities increasingly difficult and challenging. 

What causes excessive sweating? 

Unfortunately, primary hyperhidrosis has no obvious causes, although it is known that it occurs when your sweat glands become overactive. There is no medical evidence as to what triggers these glands to become overactive in the first place.   

Experts also believe that excessive sweating may have a hereditary component as the majority of people who experience it have siblings or parents that do too. 

If you suffer from excessive sweating, then we would recommend you reach out to Dr Rasha – she can work with you to find the right solution for your unique situation, as she has with many other patients. These people now can live confidently and without fear of a random episode of excessive sweating ruining their day.

What treatments does Dr Rasha recommend for excessive sweating? 

Prior to any treatment, Dr Rasha will personally assess your condition to determine the best procedure for you and your unique condition. 

Typically, when it comes to treating excessive sweating, Dr Rasha has found significant success using muscle-relaxing solutions such as Botulinum Toxin. This is administered in the form of an injectable and can help patients take control of their body by reducing the amount of sweat that is produced. Although you may think Botox® is an unusual way of treating excessive sweating, it is actually highly effective as it blocks the nerve signals that are responsible for triggering the sweat glands, allowing patients to live sweat-free! With this option, retreatment is usually required after a six-month period. 

Do Botox® injections for excessive sweating hurt?

As with any form of injectable, you should expect to experience slight discomfort around the injection site. The amount of pain felt will vary depending on the area of the body being injected. For example, if you were having an injection to treat excessive sweating under the armpit, this would hurt significantly more than an injection in the arm. It is also important to note that, as with any injection, bruising and swelling is also possible. 

Despite this, there is no need to worry! At Dr Rasha Clinic, we always do everything we can to ensure your procedure is as comfortable as possible. In some instances, Dr Rasha may also choose to numb the area with a topical anaesthetic which usually comes in the form of a cream. The choice of having a form of pain relief is dependent on your personal preference, as well as your pain tolerance. 

How long will results last? 

As with every aesthetics treatment, the amount of time your results will take to show effect, and last, will vary from individual to individual. In most cases, when Dr Rasha treats excessive sweating, it takes between two to seven days before the sweating will stop in the treated area. At times, it may take up to two weeks to achieve total dryness. 

It is impossible to say how long your specific results will last as they can be influenced by multiple factors, such as the speed of your metabolism, the amount of exercise you do and how often you spend in the sun. Usually, you can expect to maintain your results for three to six months, after which we would recommend repeat treatments.

Are there any side effects associated with Botox®?

Treating excessive sweating with Botox® is no different from treating any other area of your body. Despite what many people say, Botox® is an extremely safe treatment when performed by an experienced medical professional – many studies have even been carried to ensure it is safe to use for a variety of medical or cosmetic issues. 

As it has with other conditions, Botox® has become a popular way to treat excessive sweating due to the effectiveness of the injectable, and the few side effects that come with it. The most common side effects tend to be mild, and include bruising or swelling at the injection site, as well as headaches and other flu-like symptoms. 

Although serious Botox® side effects are rare, every person is different and, as a result, there is always a possibility that you could react badly to treatment. We will always conduct a consultation before any excessive sweating treatment at Dr Rasha Clinic to minimise the likelihood of this happening. 

Do I need to follow a strict aftercare routine after my excessive sweating treatment? 

Dr Rasha will provide you with a very simple and straightforward aftercare routine if required – this is something that will be made clear during your consultation. Usually, little to no downtime is needed, however, there are a few precautions that Dr Rasha recommends. 

You should avoid exercising for at least 24 hours after your Botox® treatment, as this may cause your muscles to contract, potentially decreasing the effectiveness of the toxin. It could also inadvertently spread the Botox® to unintended areas of your body. 

We also recommend that you avoid other skin treatments or spending extended periods in the sun for the first couple of days after your treatment.

Book in today

Whenever you join us at Dr Rasha Clinic, you can look forward to a first-class aesthetics journey filled with personal care and bespoke treatment plans. If you would like to book a consultation with Dr Rasha and learn more about how our treatments could help you, then please get in touch with us today! 

Dr Rasha would be happy to speak to you personally and arrange an appointment. You can also ask her any questions that you may have about hyperhidrosis or any treatment option you are considering. 

You can contact us via email at info@drrashaclinic.com or by calling 0203 746 2211 or 07511 107 511 today.