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Hyperhidrosis Treatment Gold Coast

What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a condition defined by excessive sweating that affects individuals, regardless of environmental conditions. There are two kinds of hyperhidrosis; primary and secondary. Primary hyperhidrosis is localised to a specific region of the body, such as the feet, hands, groin and face, while secondary concerns abnormal amounts of perspiration across the entire body and is typically the result of another condition or disorder. Excessive sweating can lead to unwanted skin irritations and can have many adverse effects that are a detriment to the quality of a person’s everyday life.

Primary Hyperhidrosis

Instances of primary hyperhidrosis are often genetically linked and the condition occurs in specific areas of the body. This form of hyperhidrosis is most often symmetrical in nature, meaning that it is prevalent on both the left and right side of a person’s body. The most common areas of occurrence are the armpits, hands, feet and facial region. The overwhelming majority of hyperhidrosis patients have primary hyperhidrosis.

Secondary Hyperhidrosis

The second and least-common form of this condition is known as secondary or generalised hyperhidrosis and is attributed to a pre-existing medical condition or in some cases, the ill-effects of prescribed medication.

Hyperhidrosis Treatment

The most effective treatment method for excessive sweating is anti-wrinkle injections. The treatment is fast, non-painful and non-invasive. Anti-wrinkle injections are commonly used to treat hyperhidrosis located in the armpits (axillary) and with the government’s Medicare rebate, represent a highly affordable treatment solution. Whilst the injection needle is extremely fine and the pain is often negligible (lasting around 2 minutes), patients can elect to have a topical anaesthetic gel applied to the skin, prior to treatment to ensure a completely pain-free experience.

Once the gel has been applied, a starch-iodine test is used to determine the precise areas of the skin that will be treated by the injections. Following this, the serum is injected into the identified areas of the skin at approximately 1 to 2 cm intervals. Although injections can be used to effectively treat excessive sweating in other areas of the body such as the feet and hands, the pain can be quite unpleasant and patients will typically require some type of sedative, to help dull the discomfort. Also, patients who receive anti-wrinkle injections for hyperhidrosis in the hands and feet, do not qualify for government rebates.

How Does The Treatment Work?

The anti-wrinkle injections inhibit the nerve signals of the sweat glands that they are inserted into, causing a dramatic reduction in underarm perspiration. Although sweating is the body’s natural mechanism for regulating body temperature, the armpits contain only a fraction of the body’s total sweat glands and preventing them from sweating will in no way lead to increased sweating in other regions of the body.

How Long Does The Treatment Take To Complete?

Treatment sessions are quick and easy, and the entire process normally takes no longer than 20 minutes to finish. Once the treatment has concluded, you will be able to resume your daily routine as usual.

How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Require?

It must be noted that anti-wrinkle injections are not a permanent solution to hyperhidrosis. The injections will effectively control your sweating for up to 12 months, with some patients reporting the treatment lasting beyond this, but it varies from patient to patient. Your underarm sweat levels will steadily improve, and you will typically see optimal results around 2 weeks after your treatment session. Additional treatment sessions are required to ensure continued dryness. With successive treatments, we will often be able to regulate your sweating using lesser amounts of the injectable serum.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Anti-wrinkle injection treatment for hyperhidrosis is very safe and the side effects are minimal. Some patients may experience mild pain at the location of the injection.

NOTE: Please be aware that all women are forbidden from receiving this treatment during pregnancy.

Medicare Rebate

All patients who undergo anti-wrinkle injection treatment for hyperhidrosis at Skin Clinic Robina are entitled to a Medicare rebate, in accordance with government regulations, and can claim a rebate for up to 3 treatment visits per year.

Contact Skin Clinic Robina

For all matters concerning the effective treatment of hyperhidrosis on the Gold Coast, contact our team of specialists at Skin Clinic Robina today.