Excessive Sweating Treatment

Perspiration isn’t just normal, it’s essential. You may sweat when you exercise, when you’re in a hot environment, or when you’re feeling frightened or anxious. This is a natural, benefFicial physiological process that helps your body regulate its temperature.

But for some people, sweating occurs outside normal circumstances, and to an extreme degree. They sweat profusely even when there is no physical need. Although excessive sweating is not a health danger, it can have a devastating impact on your confidence, relationships and quality of life. Regular antiperspirants and even clinical-strength options may not be effective against this severe type of sweating.

Fortunately, there are treatments available for excessive sweating offered at Kaya Cosmedica. 

What is Hyperhidrosis?

When your body temperature rises, your nervous system automatically triggers your sweat glands. The sweat glands respond by producing perspiration. As the perspiration evaporates from the surface of your skin, it cools your body.

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that results in profuse sweating. It occurs due to overactive sweat glands, resulting in excessive wetness, discomfort and social embarrassment. This condition can produce excessive sweat from a variety of areas of the body, including the scalp, underarms (axilla), palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Hyperhidrosis can affect up to 3 in 200 Australians. 

Categories of Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis falls into two different categories:

  • Primary hyperhidrosis targets specific areas of the body, including those listed above. This type of excessive sweating is typically triggered by overactive nerves and often requires treatment to reduce the amount of wetness the patient experiences. In some cases, focal hyperhidrosis runs in families, suggesting a genetic component.
  • Secondary hyperhidrosis impacts the entire body and is often due to an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, menopause and thyroid conditions. It is important to undertake a medical consultation with Dr Parvin Khinda at Kaya Cosmedica to exclude underlying medical conditions prior to starting treatment.

What are the symptoms of Hyperhidrosis?

There are several signs that your sweating may be abnormal:

  • Sweating for no apparent reason
  • Frequent visible beading or dripping
  • Soaked clothing
  • Difficulty with manual tasks, such as holding a pen or turning a doorknob
  • Skin staying wet for extended periods
  • Skin turning soft and white, and possibly peeling
  • Recurring skin infections where you sweat

When should excessive sweating be evaluated by a  Doctor?

The physical, social and emotional impacts of hyperhidrosis should not be underestimated. Many people with this condition say they feel embarrassed by sweat-damp clothing or shaking hands with cold, wet palms. They may avoid wearing certain types of clothing or attending social gatherings as a result. Hyperhidrosis may also limit their involvement in athletic or leisure activities that require manual dexterity. 

At work, people with hyperhidrosis report being less effective or accurate at what they do, and/or accomplishing fewer tasks because of their condition. This can limit their opportunities for professional growth and have negative economic implications.

At home, hyperhidrosis can affect personal relationships. Excessive sweating can make the prospect of physical intimacy daunting. Some who struggle with hyperhidrosis report feelings of social isolation and withdrawal in order to avoid touching others.

If you are sweating so heavily that it affects your quality of life, talk to a doctor about treatments that can help. 

What treatment is offered at Kaya Cosmedica?

There are a variety of options of treatment for hyperhidrosis, with the use of muscle relaxants (also used as anti-wrinkle injections) being one of the most effective. The treatment works by temporarily stopping the sympathetic nerves (which normally control sweating) from stimulating the sweat glands. The treatment effect can last between 6-12 months.

What does the Procedure Involve?

A thorough consultation is required prior to treatment, to exclude any underlying conditions. Tell Dr Khinda about any medications or supplements you’re taking. She may ask you to stop for a few days before your appointment to minimise bruising. 

The area to be treated will be cleaned with an antiseptic, and numbing cream may be used. The area will be marked with a grid pattern to allow for even distribution of the treatment. Ice is used for added analgesia and the treatment is injected within a few minutes. On average there are 20 injections in each site and the treatment is relatively comfortable for our patients.

What is the downtime after treatment?

You can return to work, errands and social engagements as soon as you’re done with your hyperhidrosis injections. There may be some mild swelling and soreness in the treatment area, however it should not prevent you from resuming normal activities after treatment. Exercise should be limited for the first 24 hours. Potential side effects include bruising, pinpoint bleeding or temporary muscle weakness. In general, muscle relaxants are safe and extensively studied, with a long track record of patient satisfaction.

When Can I Expect Results?

Some patients notice an immediate reduction in sweat production, with improvement in the days following treatment. Full results become evident within about four weeks. The treatment effect can last between 6-12 months.

If you do not notice a significant reduction in sweating, or an area seems to have been missed, Dr Khinda can perform any necessary ‘touch-ups’ in a follow-up appointment.

Muscle relaxants are temporary. When the excessive perspiration returns, you can be retreated. 

Who should administer my Hyperhidrosis treatment?

When you are selecting a provider for your excessive sweating treatment, it is essential to choose a physician experienced in using muscle relaxants/anti-wrinkle injections. These professionals have a thorough understanding of how the medication works and exactly how to administer it to produce the best possible results. Dr Parvin Khinda at Kaya Cosmedica has performed anti-ageing treatments on hundreds of patients using anti-wrinkle injections and also has treated numerous patients with hyperhidrosis using this method. She is qualified to help you overcome your excessive sweating, improving your comfort and your self-confidence.

Don’t suffer from hyperhidrosis any longer. Contact Kaya Cosmedica today on 03 9329 9991 to find out if anti-wrinkle injections are the right option for you.

*Providing accurate information on medical procedures is extremely important to Kaya Cosmedica. All content on this website has been reviewed by Dr Parvin Khinda before being published. For more information on Excessive Sweating Treatment, please use the contact form below to get in touch.

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