Excessive Sweating: a common problem
Excessive sweating (or hyperhidrosis, as it is also known) is a condition which affects both men and women. It is estimated that up to three in every hundred people suffer from it. It is often characterised by excessive underarm sweating, or pronounced face sweating.
There is no defined point where sweating is said to be excessive: more it is that if sweating is starting to affect your lifestyle, it is defined as a problem. If you feel that you are becoming withdrawn, anxious or depressed in relation to how much you sweat; if you are taking many showers over the course of a day, or avoiding shaking hands with people to minimise physical contact – it is a problem.
Excess sweating can easily lead to social awkwardness, which has a hugely detrimental effect on self-confidence and sociability.
Fortunately – treatment for hyperhidrosis is very effective, and it is something that you should not suffer in silence with. At your initial consultation at Bloom clinic in Milton Keynes, Dr Boye will assess your personal circumstances and advise on the best course of action for you.
Types of excessive sweating
Generalised: General excessive sweating is usually due to underlying causes such as thyroid problems. People prone to this type of excess sweating usually sweat all over.
Focal – the cause of focal excess sweating is unknown, so it is not considered a disease. The result of this type of sweating, and the result of it – the stains on clothing, unpleasant underarm odour, and the resulting social inhibitions is often the reason people seek treatment. Areas commonly affected are underarms (armpits, axillae), palms of the hands, soles of the feet, forehead and groin.
Excessive sweating treatment at Bloom Clinic, Milton Keynes
Our approach to treatment for excess sweating is holistic – we combine the best of both medical and aesthetic solutions to make sure we treat your individual case in the best possible way.
For cases of generalised sweating, Dr Boye will first carry out a series of tests to rule out underlying medical causes, and prescribe medication to control sweating, especially for those awkward social situations that can trigger excess sweating
For cases of focal excessive sweating, there are many options for treatment: anti-perspirants, iontophoresis, botulinum toxin, sweat glands removal and surgical operation. Dr Boye specialises in the treatment of focal hyperhidrosis with Botox® injection and the use of BodyJet to permanently remove sweat gland. As the only BodyJet qualified practitioner in Milton Keynes and the immediate surrounding areas, he receives clients from far and near place like Olney, Buckingham, Woburn, Aylesbury, Bedford, Northampton and further afield.
Injection treatment for excessive sweating
A muscle-relaxing injection into the sweat glands is an extremely effective solution for hyperhidrosis. The treatment lasts for 6-9 months, and is straightforward and painless.
Hyperhidrosis treatment is a highly skilled job, as only the precise placement of a miniscule amount of wrinkle-relaxing solution in the layer of the sweat gland which is above the muscle (usually wrinkle-relaxing solution is injected directly into the muscle) will deliver the desired effect. The advantage of this treatment for excessive sweating is that with this approach, there is no need for everyday treatments for sweating such as iontophoresis or application of roll-on.
Muscle-relaxing treatment for excessive sweating can be applied to the underarms, palms, feet, groin and forehead.
Watch Dr Boye perform underarm sweating treatment –
Sweat gland removal
The removal of the sweat gland is a permanent solution to hyperhidrosis, which uses a specialist technique called water jet assisted sweat gland dissection to dislodge the gland from the surrounding tissues with water jets.
This treatment is only suitable for excessive sweating under the armpit (axillary hyperhidrosis).
Sweat gland removal is a permanent solution to hyperhidrosis, so there is no need for further treatment of any kind, but the procedure itself is relatively straightforward. Typically, it takes just an hour, and downtime afterwards is minimal. As it is a minimally invasive procedure, there are none of the complications associated with surgical operations to treat excessive sweating with the water jet sweat gland removal technique.