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This is a common distressing problem affecting men and women that can now be effectively treated using Botulinum Toxin injections, offering dryness for between six and eight months. Often excessive sweating can be caused by anxiety which causes a vicious cycle by the embarrassment it causes.
How is the treatment performed?
Approximately 15 to 20 injections of Botulinum Toxin are given just under the skin of each armpit. To find exactly the areas where sweat production is greatest, Dr Campbell paints Iodine solution on the skin then brushes on some starch powder. Where there is moisture on the skin, the starch powder changes colour so that the sweat glands can be accurately located. The effect of the treatment is seen after about a week. It can produce a dramatic long lasting improvement. It does not have any appreciable effect on body odour.
Does it hurt?
No. Anaesthetic is not required as the needles used are so fine.
Should I shave beforehand?
Yes. Prior to the treatment, please shave the areas to be treated the day before. The treatment lasts roughly one hour and normal activities may be resumed afterwards.
Who would not be suitable for treatment?
Obviously any allergy to Iodine would preclude treatment. Treatment would not be recommended if there was any skin condition such as eczema or infection in the areas to be treated. Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should not be treated.
What are the side effects?
It is rare to get skin infections after the treatment as the Iodine paint used is a powerful antiseptic. Occasionally the treatment may not work in somebody who has antibodies to Botulinum Toxin (approximately one in 2000 people). Overall side effects are extremely uncommon and it is a very safe and effective treatment.