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Excessive Sweating What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterised by sweating in excess of what is needed normally by the body. It is usually seen in the underarms, scalp, face, hands, under breast or feet. It may effect one, or all of the above areas.

Excessive sweating caused by overactive sweat glands is often genetic, but may have no obvious identifiable underlying cause. It is most often present on both sides and is worse in daytime hours.

It is thought to affect 3-5% of the population. People with this condition sweat for no apparent reason, often so much it soaks through clothes.

Rarely, excessive sweating may be caused by an underlying medical condition. Excessive sweating that is new, persistent, severe, one-sided or occurs predominantly at night should be assessed by your general practitioner.

 

What are the treatments for hyperhidrosis?

The treatment of excessive sweating can be broken into the following categories:

  • General measures
    • Wear loose fitting, stain-resistant sweat-proof garments
    • Use non-soap cleanser
    • Avoid caffeinated food and drinks
    • Apply antiperspirants
  • Over the counter
    • This includes topical antiperspirants containing aluminium chloride. This substance blocks sweat glands, eventually destroying them over time. It is applied daily overnight, which can eventually become less frequent as sweating improves. It is sold in Australia at your local pharmacy under the name Driclor.
    • Antiperspirants containing 10-25% aluminium zirconium salts are said to be similarly effective.
  • Prescription creams
    • These can come in a variety of preparations and contain various concentrations of aluminium chloride, glycopyrolate, oxybutinin and often salicylic acid. Your Contour Clinics doctor can suggest a cream suitable to your unique requirements.
    • Glycopyrolate gel is particularly useful in our patients with severe facial sweating. This is often chosen over anti-wrinkle/excessive sweating  injections due to the risk of impacting the muscles of facial expression.
  • Oral Medications
    • Anticholinergic medications block the function of one part of the autonomic nervous system. Unfortunately, blockage of this part of the nervous system is non-selective for sweating, and also tends to block other important bodily functions. This can lead to a dry mouth, constipation, urinary difficulty and blurred vision. It is for this reason we reserve this option for severe debilitating cases not suitable for other methods of treatment.
    • Commonly used medications include propanthline or oxybutynin.
  • Anti-wrinkle/Excessive sweating injections (Most common option) 
    • Excessive sweating injections use the same neurotoxin substance used in anti-wrinkle injections. Unfortunately TGA regulations prevent us from mentioning easily recognisable brand names. These injections provide gold standard reduction in sweating on the scalp/hands/feet/under-breast and underarm regions.
  • Morpheus8 Radio-frequency sweat gland ablation
    • Using radio frequency energy delivered by 24 micro-pins, under-arm sweat glands are selectively heated ensuring their destruction over 3-4 sessions. Local anaesthetic is applied pre-treatment to ensure the procedure is comfortable.
    • This provides a permanent reduction in sweating.
  • Surgery
    • This is the last line option and is reserved for the most severe of cases, that have failed all other options.  This can be used to treat under arm/hands/facial sweating depending on the level of nerve destruction. This is performed via endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy. We do not perform this procedure at Contour Clinics, but we are happy to recommend a specialist surgeon if clinically indicated.

Treatment Areas

Under arms

This is the most common area we treat with excessive sweating injections. The procedure is quick and pain free after the application of topical local anaesthetic.

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How do anti-wrinkle/excessive sweating injections work to treat sweating?

Excessive sweating injections work by blocking the communication of sweat glands and the nerves causing their overactivity. The secretion of acetylcholine into the gap between the nerve and sweat gland is required for the glands proper function. Injectable excessive sweating treatments block release of acetylcholine from the nerve terminals, preventing communication between the nerve and sweat gland.

This is done by mapping out areas of problematic sweating during your consultation. Occasionally, we may decide to perform a starch-iodine test to clearly identify areas of particular concern.

Injections are performed under topical local anaesthetic to ensure comfort of the procedure.

The benefits of anti-wrinkle/excessive sweating injections include:

  • Long lasting results 6-12 months
  • Minimally invasive with no pain or downtime
  • First line treatment for excessive sweating with significant reduction in sweating
  • Improved confidence with elimination of sweat patches

Prices and Packages

Does excessive sweating get you down?

Make sweating a thing of the past with expertly administered anti-sweating treatments.

No GP referrals needed. Walk in, walk out treatments with no downtime.

 

Prices

All consultations with our expert medical team are complimentary.

Lasting up to 12 months, our underarm anti-sweating injections use Botulinum toxin to block underarm sweat glands.

This leaves you feeling fresh and dry all day long.

 

Constantly wiping your hands on your clothing?

Embarrassed to shake hands?

Regain confidence in this area of your life and make excessive hand sweating a thing of the past.

Mild- Moderate: $1000

Severe-Extremely severe: $1500

Soaking through your socks?

Regain confidence in this area of your life and make excessive foot sweating a thing of the past.

Mild- Moderate: $1000

Severe-Extremely severe: $1500

Sweating in the under breast region is an annoying, embarrassing issue for many of our patients.

Remove this concern from your life with targeted anti-sweating treatments.

Mild- Moderate: $750

Severe: $1000

Excessive scalp sweating ruining your hair style?

Remove this concern from your life with targeted anti-sweating treatments.

Mild- Moderate: $750

Severe: $1000

Permanent Sweating treatments with Morpheus8

Remove excessive under arm sweating permanently with Morpheus8 RF needling.

Requires 4 sessions in total for complete resolution of under arm sweating.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What causes Excessive Sweating/Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating is caused by overactive sweat glands in the armpits, feet or hands. The exact reason for this overactivity is not known.

Occasionally, excessive sweating is caused by diabetes, hyperthyroidism, infection or menopause (among many other medical conditions). It is important these are considered and ruled out prior to treatments.  Doctors at Contour Clinics will arrange for you to have these tests if indicated.

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Recent Reviews

Kellie W Jul 20, 2019

Wonderful and helpful team, always willing to go the extra mile to fit you in and make sure you are happy!
Mary did a wonderful job, she is fantastic! The reception is super helpful and quick with response to any troubles you have.
Highly recommended!

Christine P Sep 10, 2019

This is the best clinic I’ve ever been to. They are lovely, explain everything to you and are very gentle. I can highly recommend this clinic

Jordan D May 26, 2019

I cannot fault Contour Clinics. From the service at reception to getting the procedure done, my experience was absolutely amazing. Dr Josh was so professional, honest and friendly. He made me very comfortable. I am so happy. I’ll definitely be back!

* Testimonials are from satisfied customers, results may vary. We offer complementary 1:1 consultations to understand your specific requirements before commencing treatment.

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