Underarm Sweating TREATMENTS IN OXFORDSHIRE


Hyperhidrosis

Excessive Sweating Treatment: £400

Sweating is a normal and essential function that the body performs to regulate body heat. In certain individuals this function can be overactive, called hyperhidrosis. Botulinum Toxin Type-A is a prescription-only medication that can be used for the temporary reduction of underarm perspiration. The procedure, commonly known as a Botox Hyperhidrosis treatment, works by blocking the neurotransmitter, Acetylcholine, from activating the eccrine sweat glands to produce sweat. Multiple micro injections of a solution containing Botulinum Toxin Type-A are injected into the superficial skin of the underarm area, with a noticeable reduction of sweat production within 2 - 14 days. Treatments are usually repeated each 6-9 months.

Consultation

Prior to receiving Botulinum toxin type - A injections, you will be required to have a consultation with Nurse Independent Prescriber, Adrian Baker, who will assess your medical history, discuss your needs, and devise a personalised treatment plan. You will also have the risks and benefits of treatment explained to you, prior to deciding whether the treatment is right for you. Should you wish to proceed with the treatment, and are medically safe to do so, a prescription will then be written by the Nurse Independent Prescriber for you to receive the treatment at a convenient time, once your medication had been delivered. 


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Hyperhidrosis | Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS BOTULINUM TOXIN TYPE-A AND WHY IS IT USED For Hyperhidrosis?

Botulinum toxin is produced by the natural bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. From this a specific protein is extracted and purified to create the medication Botulinum Neurotoxin Type-A. When a small amount of of this medication is injected into a the superficial skin, where the sweat glands are located, it blocks nerve signals that tell your sweat glands to produce sweat.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT LIKE?

Very fine needles are used to inject small amounts of clear solution containing Botulinum Neurotoxin Type-A, into the superficial skin in the underarm area. Most patients comment that the treatment is only mildly uncomfortable. Prior to treatment, you are welcome to have a topical anaesthetic cream applied. You are encouraged to discuss this at your first consultation, so that we can make your treatment as comfortable as possible for you. Treatment will generally take around 30 minutes to perform once your consent has been obtained.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

Like all medications, there are several side effects that could be experienced following treatment with Botulinum Toxin Type-A. During your consultation with the Nurse Independent Prescriber, the full known side effects will be explained to you as part of the consent process. You can then decide if you wish to proceed. General side effects related to the procedure itself include: mild localised swelling, mild bruising and a possible temporary numbness. You will be given your practitioners out of hours mobile telephone number, in the unlikely event that you require urgent advice. 

ARE THERE ANY POST CARE INSTRUCTIONS?

Yes, although these will be discussed in greater detail during your appointment:

-Avoid touching the treated areas for 4 hours after treatment.

-Avoid antiperspirant application for 24 hours

WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?

Results of Botulinum Toxin Type-A are not immediate and generally take 2-14 days to take effect. 

HOW LONG WILL THE EFFECTS LAST?

The effect of duration can vary from person to person, but generally lasts 6-9 months. In order to maintain the effect, it is advised to repeat the treatments each 6-9 months when you notice an increase in your sweat production. 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I STOP HAVING TREATMENTS?

Once the effects of a current treatment cycle have worn off, the areas will simply return back to their previous activity of sweat production.