Excessive Sweating Treatment

Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterised by excessive sweating.  The substance used for anti wrinkle injections is an effective and minimally invasive treatment.  It is injected into the affected areas, typically the hairline, underarms, palms or soles of the feet.  It works by blocking the signals that stimulate sweat glands, reducing their activity.  As a result excessive sweating is reduced providing much needed relief, and improving the quality of life for those affected by the condition.

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 4-9 months.

What does the Procedure Involve?

A thorough consultation is required prior to treatment, to exclude any underlying conditions, and to establish a diagnosis.  Different treatment options will be discussed, and suitability for botulinum toxin treatment will be assessed.

During the procedure, 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. There are different options for analgesia depending on the area treated and an individual’s tolerance to discomfort.

What is the downtime after treatment?

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 6-9 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.


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