Excessive sweating (also known as hyperhydrosis) affects more people than you may think and many of our clients want to know how to stop their excessive sweating. While most of us sweat normally as a mechanism to cool the body, sufferers of hyperhidrosis produce more sweat than is needing for cooling.
A true sufferer from hyperhydrosis will find that they sweat even in relatively cool weather but of course the problem worsens in the Australian summer months. The condition is most commonly seen on the soles of the feet, palms and underarms.
How can you stop excessive sweating?
So, how can you stop excessive sweating? Hyperhydrosis can be treated with sweat reduction injectables, using the same products as we use to relax facial muscles for rejuvenation purposes. By injecting tiny amounts just below the surface of the skin, we block the nerve impulse from the brain reaching the sweat glands in that area. This means that the message sent by the brain to the sweat gland is halted. In effect your brain is saying “sweat…it’s hot!” but the sweat glands can’t hear the message.
Of course, sweating has a purpose (to cool you down) so the treatment should only be used on key areas such as the underarms. The technique is quick, and the benefits are usually seen within a few days.
What causes hyperhidrosis?
What is causing your excessive sweating will depend on the category of hyperhidrosis. There are two categories: primary and secondary. Primary hyperhidrosis is the most common, and the cause is still unknown. Primary hyperhidrosis typically starts in childhood and there is usually a family history of the condition.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is when the sweating is caused by an underlying medical condition and may affect the whole body. Possible causes include hyperthyroidism, menopause or obesity. We recommend consulting with your GP to determine the cause of your excessive sweating before seeking treatment.
Is hyperhidrosis harmful?
While not harmful, the condition can often be socially embarrassing and the impact on quality of life can be severe. Excessive sweating can be particularly embarrassing for people in the public eye. Presenters, teachers and lecturers, waiters and waitresses and dancers… in fact anyone that has to appear in public and suffers from profuse sweating will benefit from treatment.
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How long will the treatment last?
The results can last up to nine months – definitely long enough to get you through the Australian summer. However, treatment is not permanent and sweating in the area will gradually return over time. We recommend re-treatment between six and 16 months depending on your requirements.
Over recent years this treatment has increased in popularity for wedding parties. Brides, grooms and guests see treatment as a way of staying dry throughout the ceremony, photos and reception party!
To learn more about our sweat reduction treatment, visit your local Australian Skin Clinics location for a complimentary consultation with our highly skilled doctors and registered nurse injectors.