Hyperhidrosis / Excessive sweating
This pathology affecting the sweat glands (located mainly in the armpits, soles and palms) can have a psychological, educational and social impact, significantly affecting patients' quality of life.
These symptoms require a thorough workup by a dermatologist to rule out a systemic cause. Once a diagnosis of primary focal hyperhidrosis has been made, your dermatologist can suggest topical or oral medication such as antiperspirants. Unfortunately, these often fail to produce the desired effects.
In the event of ineffective treatment, two treatments may be proposed:
- Botulinum toxin injection (especially for axillary hyperhidrosis)
- Follicular excision surgery using the FUE technique
Botulinum toxin treatment of the axilla
This treatment consists of a toxin injection in the armpits. Botox inactivates the message that enables the sweat gland to release sweat.
The session lasts around 20 minutes and is not very painful. Improvement is fairly rapid, and can be seen as early as 72 hours after treatment. Scientific studies have shown that sweating decreases by 87% one week after botulinum toxin injection. Optimum results are achieved after two weeks, and last an average of four to eight months. After this period, Botox® injections can be repeated.
The first injections are often a little less effective, but with time, the result improves and lasts longer.
For a person with classic perspiration, blocking this perspiration is not dangerous, and there are no side effects.
There are, however, certain contraindications to botox, such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, neuromuscular and degenerative diseases and autoimmune disorders.
If toxin treatment is unsuitable or undesirable, surgery may sometimes be indicated.
In such cases, we offer a minimally invasive surgical approach. Inspired by the follicular harvesting technique, our surgical treatment removes a large part of the sweat glands under a simple local anaesthetic.
As these glands are closely linked to the hair follicles, the removal of a majority of them considerably improves the symptoms associated with primary focal hyperhidrosis, with a virtually zero complication rate.
Don't hesitate to make an appointment with our team for more information about the technique and its ins and outs.