An effective solution to address this issue involves anti-wrinkle injections. When these injections are carefully administered in minimal amounts, they can hinder the nerve signals that cause sweat glands to become overactive, reducing excessive sweating. Focusing on specific areas—like the underarms, palms, and soles of the feet—this treatment approach can be tailored to each patient’s personal needs.
Dr Scott Allison offers anti-sweating treatment using anti-wrinkle injections at Ascension Cosmetic Medicine in Brisbane.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterised by excessive and uncontrollable sweating beyond what is considered normal for regulating body temperature. It can affect various parts of the body, including the palms, soles of the feet, underarms, and face. This condition is not related to physical activity or temperature; it stems from overactive sweat glands.
The exact cause of hyperhidrosis is not fully understood, but it is believed to result from an overactivity of the sweat glands in response to certain triggers. Hyperhidrosis has two main types: primary and secondary. Primary hyperhidrosis is likely genetic and typically affects specific body areas due to an overactive sympathetic nervous system. Secondary hyperhidrosis arises from underlying medical conditions or medications, leading to more generalised sweating. Both types result from an overactive thermoregulatory system, causing excessive sweat production that can significantly impact a person’s daily life.
To understand the underlying cause of your excess sweating, you will need to consult a doctor and undergo the necessary tests. Some patients can find this helpful so that underlying causes can be addressed before receiving treatment.
Before your treatment session, Dr Allison will discuss your treatment goals during a consultation, so that you can receive a personalised treatment plan focusing on the particular areas of concern.
During a treatment session, the chosen treatment areas will be carefully cleaned. Following the details of your treatment plan, Dr Allison will administer the injections with fine needles, strategically placing the anti-wrinkle solution into the specific sweat glands in the targeted area.
The treatment is generally tolerable for most patients, typically causing a mild pinching sensation as the injections are administered. If you’re concerned about discomfort during the treatment, a topical numbing cream may be applied at the beginning of the session. The treatment can take 15 to 30 minutes, but this can vary from patient to patient based on personalised details, such as the condition of the particular treatment areas.
Your results can last for up to nine months, but each patient’s body can respond differently. You will need maintenance treatments to prevent excessive sweating in the longer term.
Following your session, the treatment’s effects will gradually become evident within days to a week as sweat gland activity decreases, reducing excessive sweating. Your results can last up to nine months, though individual responses vary. Maintenance involves additional sessions over time.
Post-treatment, temporary mild redness, swelling, or small bumps might appear at injection sites. These reactions are normal and usually fade independently. Following aftercare instructions can help to minimise side effects. Your instructions can include to:
1. Avoid strenuous exercise
For the rest of the day following your treatment, it’s advisable to steer clear of vigorous physical activities or exercise. This precaution is crucial in minimising the risk of the injected material spreading to unintended areas. Avoiding intense movements helps the solution remain concentrated in the targeted sweat glands, where it can be most effective.
2. Apply a cold compress
Immediately after the treatment, consider applying a cold compress to the treated areas. This simple action can go a long way in reducing initial swelling or discomfort.
The application of a cold compress provides a soothing effect, helping to alleviate any temporary irritation that might arise after the treatment.
3. Avoid touching or massaging treated areas
During the first few hours after the treatment, resisting the urge to touch or massage the treated areas is important. This can play a role in preventing the solution from dispersing, ensuring the solution maintains its intended placement.
4. Avoid lying flat
For approximately four hours post-treatment, avoiding lying completely flat is recommended. Opting for a slightly elevated position, such as propping yourself up with pillows, helps prevent the injected solution from shifting to unintended areas.
5. Protect the treated area from heat and sunlight
Though no major adjustments are necessary in your regular skincare routine, shielding the treated areas from excessive heat or sunlight for the next few days is essential. This practice can help prevent potential irritation or adverse reactions. Being cautious about sun exposure and extreme temperatures supports healing and maintains the treatment’s positive effects.
The costs of your treatment will be determined according to the specifics of your individualised treatment plan.
Costs can be influenced by factors such as the size of the treatment area, the number of treatment areas and the amount of product needed. A tailored treatment strategy will be addressed during your consultation with Dr Scott Allison at Ascension Cosmetic Medicine in Brisbane.
Book your treatment consultation for anti-sweating injections to discuss your personal needs and to receive an individualised quote.
Risks and side effects
Cosmetic treatments all carry a certain level of associated risks. During your consultation, Dr Scott Allison will thoroughly explain the potential complications.
After the treatment, you may experience redness, bruising, swelling, or mild discomfort at the injection sites, but these effects are temporary and should fade shortly after treatment.
When treating both sides of the body, such as the underarms, one side may respond differently, creating asymmetrical results in reduced sweating. In some cases, this can be addressed in a follow-up session. Sometimes, the desired level of sweating reduction might not be achieved in one session.
The anti-wrinkle solution can sometimes diffuse beyond the intended area, leading to unintended muscle weakness. While extremely uncommon, some patients may experience allergic reactions to the injected materials. Please inform Dr Allison of any known allergies during your consultation.
Infection risk is minimal, yet it’s present with any injection. Proper post-treatment hygiene instructions will be provided to prevent this potential complication.
After your treatment session, you should monitor the treated areas and your overall health in case symptoms of side effects arise. Please seek medical advice if you become concerned about any symptoms after your treatment.