Many people suffer from unusually heavy sweating, also called hyperhidrosis. Annoying sweat spots under the arms, which become clearly visible on certain clothing, can be very disturbing, and this condition can make wearing tight clothing practically impossible. Excessive sweating on the hands can also be a source of embarrassment in everyday life when shaking hands is required, and this condition can even exist on the feet. Persons affected by hyperhidrosis can feel embarrassed and stressed as a result of the condition. Fortunately, with the active substance is an efficient treatment method for sweat reduction.
Hyperhidrosis at a glance
approx. 30 minutes
Which regions can be treated?
Armpits (hyperhidrosis axillaris)
Hands (hyperhidrosis manuum)
Feet (hyperhidrosis pedum)
How does the active substance work to improve excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)?
The active substance blocks the transmission of signals between nerves and muscles that allow muscles to contract. For the treatment, it is injected into a specified muscle and leads to relaxation of that muscle within a few days’ time. This therapy is considered one of the most effective treatments for excessive sweating. By inhibiting the release of acetylcholine from nerve cells, the active substance prohibits stimulation of the sweat glands’ activity. The effect of the active substance decreases after about six months.
When does the use of the active substance for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) make sense?
Sweating is a vital process that protects the human body from overheating. Sweat production allows the body to cool itself, for example, during physical activity. However, if the amount of sweat production exceeds the amount needed for heat regulation, the malfunction of hyperhidrosis occurs. The active substance is a means of reducing this excessive sweat production.
What is the treatment process?
Before the doctor injects the active substance, a detailed discussion takes place about the expected effect and also possible side effects. The skin is then disinfected at the relevant area. The doctor uses extremely thin needles during the injection so the treatment is not very painful. If necessary, an anaesthetic cream can also be applied before treatment.
Are there conditions under which precautionary steps may need to be taken before a treatment?
Intake of blood thinners within the last 7 to 14 days (including aspirin, etc.), but also vitamin-E or gingko-containing medications, supplements with omega-3 fatty acid, also multivitamin supplements (due to risk of bruising)
Medication with specific antibiotics (aminoglycosides).
Pregnancy and lactation
Nerve and muscle diseases
What should I consider after the treatment?
After the injection, you should not exercise for 24 hours.
When is the effect of the treatment for excessive sweating noticeable?
In most cases, the result is noticeable after two to seven days, and the full effect is achieved after one to two weeks. Rarely, it can take longer to take effect.
How long does the effect of the treatment for excessive sweating last?
The full effect decreases after about three months. The duration of action after that period varies and can be up to six months.
When can the treatment for excessive sweating be repeated?
Treatment can be repeated at any time when the effect is diminished.
Risks and side effects
The injection can cause redness, swelling and bruises (hematomas) at the puncture sites. Your doctor will inform you about possible risks before treatment.
As a rule, no downtime is expected. You can perform your daily activities as usual.
If you have any questions, would like a consultation or a treatment appointment, we look forward to hearing from you.