What Is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a common condition in which a person sweats excessively. One to two percent of the population suffers from hyperhidrosis, and it can cause a variety of issues for sufferers.
Hyperhidrosis occurs when the body’s sweat glands are overactive. When behaving normally, the body’s nervous system activates your sweat glands as your body temperature rises. This is how the body naturally cools itself. In sufferers of hyperhidrosis, however, the nerves that signal to the sweat glands are overactive, and will signal even when the body is cool, causing excessive sweating.
Hyperhidrosis most commonly affects certain areas on the body, known as localised symmetrical hyperhidrosis, or primary hyperhidrosis. Common areas affected by localised symmetrical hyperhidrosis include:
- Palms of the hands
- Soles of the feet
Both sides of the body are usually similarly affected by localised symmetrical hyperhidrosis. The causes of hyperhidrosis in these cases are unknown, though it usually begins in childhood or adolescence, and can sometimes improve with age.
Generalised hyperhidrosis affects the whole body, and can be triggered by illness, infections or hormonal conditions, such as menopause, diabetes or thyroid conditions. It can also be brought on by certain medications, including some forms of antidepressants. Generalised hyperhidrosis is also known as secondary hyperhidrosis, and while this form of hyperhidrosis can be indicative of an underlying condition, sometimes no cause can be found.
Irritation or disease of the sympathetic nerves can also cause an increase in sweating, but this is incredibly rare, and typically only affects one side of the body.
While there are no hard and fast guidelines around what constitutes ‘normal’ sweating, if you feel that the amount you sweat is impacting heavily on your life, you might want to consider hyperhidrosis treatment. Avoiding physical contact and activities, feeling self-conscious and becoming more withdrawn due to embarrassment about your sweating are signs that you may have hyperhidrosis, as well as if your sweating is interfering with normal daily activities, for example, driving, holding tools or using computer keyboards. If this is the case, it may be worth looking into hyperhidrosis treatment options.
How Can We Treat Hyperhidrosis
At Elite Aesthetics, we offer botulinum toxin injections to patients with hyperhidrosis in Bexley, Greenhithe, Gravesend, Bromley, Orpington, Sidcup, Kings Hill, Kings Cross and the surrounding area. Botulinum toxin is commonly used as an anti-wrinkle treatment, but it is also a very effective treatment for hyperhidrosis.
Most commonly used for wrinkle-relaxing treatment, botulinum toxin works by blocking nerve signals from the brain to the muscles in the area. When used for wrinkle-relaxing treatment, this stops the muscles from moving and leads to a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
However, when used to treat hyperhidrosis, the botulinum toxin paralyses the overactive nerves by blocking signals from the brain to the sweat glands. This means that the sweat glands can’t produce sweat as effectively, leading to a reduction in the symptoms of hyperhidrosis.
Results can last from three to six months, or longer, depending on the severity of hyperhidrosis, the amount of botulinum toxin injected in each treatment session and the size of the area being treated.
At Elite Aesthetics, we understand the importance of getting to know you before carrying out any of our treatments, and so we carry out a full consultation before every single procedure we offer. This allows our highly-qualified staff to ensure that you receive the best possible care, and that your treatment is tailored to you. This means that when you leave the clinic, you see a real impact on all areas of your life, and are free of the stress of dealing with hyperhidrosis.
Our hyperhidrosis treatments are all carried out by our practice leader Dr. Shirin Lakhani. A leader in the non-surgical aesthetics industry, Dr. Shirin is a highly-qualified and experienced aesthetic doctor who takes the time to get to know all of her clients, keeps them informed about their treatment and ensures that their treatment course is right for them. During your consultation, Dr. Shirin will offer her expert opinion on what kind of treatment plan is right for you, as well as any alternatives to botulinum toxin treatment for hyperhidrosis that she feels may be viable. We also use our extensive consultation process to help maintain our ethical commitment to never overtreat any of our patients. If Dr. Shirin believes that a treatment is not in your best interests, she and the rest of the staff at Elite Aesthetics, are dedicated to finding a more medically appropriate solution.
The consultation process also gives you the chance to look around the clinic at Elite Aesthetics, get to know our experienced team, and make sure that we are right for you too!
During your hyperhidrosis treatment session, Dr. Shirin will mark the areas to be treated and then will inject the botulinum toxin directly into the area using a tiny needle. This is not painful for the vast majority of our clients, although some patients may experience slight discomfort. A numbing cream can be applied to the areas beforehand if you feel it is required. Dr. Shirin will generally administer around 15-20 injections in the affected areas of the body, although this will have been discussed and agreed upon during your consultation session. The procedure usually takes about 30-45 minutes in total, and has no downtime, so you can get back to your day straight away.
It usually takes between two and seven days to reduce sweating in the treated area, and can take up to two weeks before you experience total dryness. The effect of the injections usually lasts for several months, after which time the treatment can be repeated if necessary.
The Benefits of Hyperhidrosis Treatment
Excessive sweating can be embarrassing and distressing, and may negatively impact on your quality of life. By effectively treating hyperhidrosis with botulinum toxin injections, excessive sweating can be curbed significantly, allowing you to regain your confidence and feel like yourself again. This treatment is virtually painless, takes less than an hour and can last for several months. Sustained repetition of the treatments also means the botulinum toxin becomes more effective as time goes on.
Why Choose Elite Aesthetics?
At Elite Aesthetics, we are dedicated to becoming an industry leader in safe, informed and healthy aesthetics practice. We are led by Dr. Shirin Lakhani, an advocate for the development of ethical practice in the industry. Having worked in the NHS since 1999, including work as a GP for several years, as well as training as an anaesthetist, Dr. Shirin moved into aesthetic medicine in 2013 when she founded Elite Aesthetics. Since then, the clinic has gone from strength to strength, and Dr. Shirin is recognised by her peers and her clients as an industry pioneer in the field of non-surgical aesthetics.
Dr. Shirin is fully registered with the GMC (GMC number 4634863), and is held to their standards of Good Medical Practice. She treats all of her aesthetics clients with the same level of care and attention as she has medical patients for many years. Elite Aesthetics is also CQC and Save Face accredited, and under Dr. Shirin’s leadership, are committed to becoming the UK’s leading ethical aesthetic clinic.
At Elite Aesthetics, we are proud to be able to use or knowledge and experience to improve the lives of men and women suffering from hyperhidrosis. We work closely with all of our clients to make sure that the results you see after treatment with us make a real difference to your life, and that your experience at the clinic is comfortable and safe. Most of all, we want to see all of our patients regain their confidence and feel like themselves again.
If you think you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis and are in Bexleyheath, Gravesend, Tunbridge Wells, Dartford, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, West Malling or the surrounding area, or if you want to learn more about Elite Aesthetics and the services we offer, contact us today to arrange your consultation, and let us make you feel happy, confident and free from the symptoms of hyperhidrosis.