Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) is a common condition and can affect the whole body or particular areas. Sweating is a normal bodily function, but some people sweat much more than is needed to control their body temperature and this is known as hyperhidrosis

Botulinum Toxin Type A and Hyperhydrosis

Botulinum toxin A injection therapy has been used successfully to reduce excessive sweating in all of the body areas affected in primary hyperhidrosis: axillary, palmoplantar, and facial/gustatory. Characterised as a “minimally invasive treatment option” the use of botulinum toxin A has become an important treatment option for patients not responding to more-conservative therapies.

Patient results may vary but treatment usually lasts up to 6 months. 

How does it work?

The toxin works by blocking the chemical at the end of the nerves so that it cannot work on the glands or muscles and in the case of the sweat glands it turns then off to reduce sweating. This doesn’t cure hyperhidrosis but provides temporary relief and needs to be repeated every five to six months for maximum effect.

How do we perform the treatment?

It requires multiple small injections of the toxin a few centimetres apart in the armpit at our cosmetic clinic in Exeter.