While you might not think it, treatment for excessive sweating is just as common amongst men as women. With increasingly demanding work schedules, and global business meetings the norm for both sexes, it’s becoming a more common solution to those embarrassing sweat patches and shiny foreheads that crop up when you least want them.
Botox (or an equivalent brand such as Azzalure or Dysport both of which are fast and effective treatments for the condition) blocks the nerve signals from the brain and creates a physical barrier between the nerve endings and your sweat glands. It works locally where injected and spreads 1cm from entry point to cover a small cross-section of skin – a typical case would need about 15 injections to cover an armpit-sized area. Similar to procedures for lines and wrinkles, adverse side effects are rare so it’s considered a very safe and routine procedure.
According to Dr Barbara Kubicka, an aesthetic doctor who works in London and regularly treats patients with hyperhidrosis, underarms are the most commonly treated area, although injections around the hairline for facial sweating are becoming increasingly popular too. Hands and feet are more unusual and are harder to treat as the surface area is bigger and therefore requires many more injections.
‘About 10% of the work I do with Botox is to treat hyperhidrosis’, says Kubicka, ‘but the condition is on the increase, particularly because it can worsen during warmer weather. After a recent spell of hot weather I saw a huge surge of interest (from both men and women), especially from people looking ahead to weddings or major work functions. May and June are the most popular months for the treatment’, she adds.