Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is more common in the Dublin population that one would may think.It is a medical condition that results in the production of larger than normal volume of sweat. The condition can affect the craniofacial region or face , it can also affect the axilla or armpit area as well as the hands and feet. At Visage Clinic Dublin we carry out a large volume of hyperhidrosis treatments using Botox, it is a safe, effective and trusted way to reduce excessive sweating. We are one of the largest providers of excessive sweating treatments in Ireland with clinics in Dublin, Cork and Killarney.
Is excessive sweating common?
About five percent of the population suffer from excessive sweating and in extreme cases it can be a very difficult condition to live with. So that means that about seventy thousand people out of Dublin’s 1.4 million population may suffer from hyperhidrosis. There is a family association with the condition but it can also occur with no specific link. We all sweat, it is a natural process whereby the body self regulates and cools itself. Hyperhidrosis is higher in individuals between the ages of 18-39 years.
What are the main areas affected by Excessive sweating?
People can suffer from one particular problem area when it comes to excessive sweating but they may also suffer from what is called - multifocal hyperhidrosis, so more than one area. 51% of people experience their issue in the under arm area, the feet are affected in 29%, palms in 25% and approximately 20% report the face as the number area affected. (Canadian Medical Association Journal;172(1): 69-75.)
How does Botulinum toxin work for excessive sweating?
OnabotulinumtoxinA; commonly known as Botox is a purified protein that can block the chemical responsible for activating sweat glands. By blocking this messenger botox “switches off” the sweat gland and thus reduces or eliminates sweat production.
Does botulinum toxin for excessive sweating hurt?
At Visage Clinic our patient pathway and protocols are designed to ensure that each treatment is virtually pain free. For the more sensitive areas such as the hands and feet we use a topical anaesthetic cream and also cool the area with ice before the treatment . At Visage Clinic Dublin we use diamond tipped micro fine needles to ensure minimal discomfort.
How long does it take for Botox to work for Hyperhidrosis?
On average Botox begins to work after about 4-6 days, for some patients it begins to work within 24 hours. Botox is strongest at two weeks. At Visage Clinic Dublin all of our patients return at the two week mark for review and to assess their results. For excessive sweating, it allows your treating doctor to review the area and if needed additional Botox is administered with no extra charge.
How long can I expect to get from my Botox treatment for excessive sweating?
On average patients get between 6-7.5 months, but it is variable and dependent on the severity of the excessive sweating and the activity of the individual. We have some patients who attend clinic just once a year as they feel the reduction is sufficient. If you are thinking of getting a Botox treatment for you excessive sweating and live in either Dublin, Cork or Kerry, then contact us to make your appointment for a free consultation with one of our doctors.