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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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Sweating is a very normal part of being a human and it’s healthy to sweat. The body has between 2million and 4millions sweat glands and when the body heats up these glands release sweat to help cool the body down.

Most of us can use an over the counter antiperspirant to avoid those unsightly sweat patches and some use a prescription antiperspirant. These products work by blocking the sweat ducts and this in turn reduces the amount of sweat that reaches the skin.

Muscle relaxants have widely been known for diminishing wrinkles and if you have read our recent blog (Click Here), we also use it to lift and shape the brows and other facial features. Believe it or not, it also helps with sweating! This treatment is often administered to excessive sweaters or those who choose to sweat less for a particular event like their wedding (nervous groom). Our celebrity clients seek this treatment for red-carpet events or if they need to be in front of hot studio lights, whilst filming or performing. We primarily prescribe this treatment to those who suffer from excessive sweating, where the sweating begins to interfere with their day to day activities and confidence.

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There are a few products available to treat the various areas of concern (listed below) but the most common would be Botox, short for Botulinum toxin, it is a neurotoxin protein that treats the hyperhidrosis by blocking a neurotransmitter that stimulates the sweat glands, paralysing them.

Areas of treatment:
Hairline
Forehead
Upper lip
Nose
Under arms
Hands – painful treatment area
Feet – painful treatment area

The number of units required will vary depending on the area, this can range between 10 to 100 units. Patients will notice a significant reduction in sweat within 4weeks of the first treatment. The results can last up to 6months but individual results may vary.

Jean-Charles Neveu-Collins, clinical manager is an advocate for this treatment and he explains why “Having a muscle relaxant treatment to stop axillary (under arm) hyperhidrosis can help people with excessive sweating. Excessive sweating can make patients feel self conscious and embarrassed due to body odour and wet clothing. I personally experienced this treatment and I loved the fact that I did not have to apply deodorant! This treatment doesn’t have to be just for excessive sweaters, it can also address facial sweating on areas such as you nose, cheeks, forehead and upper lip. A light dosage of miso therapy will assist with the reduction of facial sweating”.

We briefly mentioned earlier that the hands and feet are a painful area to treat, JC explains further, “I have treated patients with numbing cream and ice but patients have still experienced pain. I would even recommend patients undergo this treatment under anaesthesia. This area is particular is painful due to the high number of sensory nerve terminals in our hands and feet which are a part of our touch sense. As painful as it is, the treatment is life changing and definitely worth the few minutes of pain”.

Note: other treatment areas mentioned are not painful. For those who are concerned, numbing cream and ice will ensure the patient feel no pain in these areas.

Injectable treatments are available from all three clinics, to book in a consultation:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007

Click here to find out more about injectable treatments.

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