Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by excessive sweating. As a naturally occurring substance, botulinum toxin can be useful in the treatment of hyperhidrosis.
What is it?
Hyperhidrosis generally affects patients aged between 25 and 65.
There are glands all over the body that secrete a clear water-like liquid called sweat. Perspiring is the body’s way of controlling temperature. Perspiration may be triggered by factors such as high temperature, exercise, anxiety and feelings of fear or embarrassment. When a person has hyperhidrosis, he/she will sweat much more than normal – an excessive sweating that can happen all the time.
With hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating is caused by over-active sweat glands. There are two types of hyperhidrosis: generalised (or secondary) or focal (primary).
Generalised (or secondary) hyperhidrosis occurs over the entire body. It is often caused by medical conditions such as an infection, a chronic medical illness or disorder that affects the body’s normal hormonal balance. It can also be triggered by certain medicines.
Focal (or primary) hyperhidrosis occurs on one part of the body, often the underarms, the soles of the feet, the palms of the hands and the face but can also affect other areas of the body.
How is it done?
Doctors Hannoun use botulinum toxin to effectively relieve hyperhidrosis. They have practices in Paris and Belgium.
The areas needing treatment are established during an initial consultation. Doctors Hannoun will use microinjections of botulinum toxin to treat the are(s).
How long will it last?
A session for injecting botulinum toxin once every six months is recommended.
The after-effects of hyperhidrosis through botulinum toxin injections are the same as for the treatment of wrinkles.