Sweating can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable beauty issue, so what can we do to reduce it?
As the weather warms up we often start to worry about unsightly underarm patches, clammy hands or damp feet. Of course, the more you stress about sweating the worse it can be. This week we are looking at ways to tackle the problem of Hyperhidrosis - extreme sweating - with remedies ranging from lifestyle changes to cosmetic procedures.
Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr Graham Offer believes Botox injections can keep us feeling fresh and dry.
“Botox has an effect on nerves and blocks nerve impulses, including the nerves that go to the sweat glands,” the BAAPS council member told Cover Media. “So when injected into areas that sweat, it will reduce/block sweat production. It works well for the axillae, more commonly known as the armpit. It can be used for other areas such as feet. However, feet can be so tender that sometimes the patient needs sedation or general anaesthetic.”
Graham says people should notice a difference a few days after having the injection and the results can last for up to six months. The procedure can be done again, but eventually other solutions will be necessary.
“It can be repeated,” he explained. “But after many years of treatment the patient can make antibodies against it. Then it stops working.”
There are other options if the thought of needles makes you feel squeamish.
Professor Mark Whiteley of The Whiteley Clinic has plenty of useful tips to tackle the problem.
“It is quite common for people to believe that they need to drink two to three litres of water a day to ‘detox’ or to keep their skin healthy. In actual fact, drinking this much water can cause problems with metabolites in the blood, and can also result in extreme perspiration,” Professor Whiteley told Cover Media. “Based on an average 70kg person, we suggest only drinking around 1.5 litres of any fluid – including tea, coffee and water in your food such as soup - to avoid an odorous outcome.”
The expert says removing unnecessary layers of clothes will also calm the clammy condition. While some people pile on clothes to “soak up” or hide perspiration, this forces eccrine sweat glands to produce more moisture to cool the body down.
Dr Whiteley warns people to steer clear of certain drugs, particularly Class A substances such as cocaine, which have been linked to excessive sweating.
There are also other treatments available if Botox isn’t your bag.
“We offer the brand new and revolutionary Laser Swear Ablation (LSA) treatment which works by destroying the sweat glands using laser and removing them from the area completely,” he explained.
If sweating is becoming a real issue for you, consider consulting a Hyperhidrosis specialist who can offer expert advice.