Anti-sweating injections are a simple, long lasting solution for excessive sweating in almost any location in the body.
Many people suffer from persistent, frequent episodes of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) at their hands, under arms or face. This can lead to embarrassment in an attempt to conceal the wet spots and also because excessive sweating is perceived as a sign of nervousness and unkemptness.
Sweating is our body’s way of reducing our body temperature. The odour associated with sweating is due to the action of normal bacteria in our skin. The chemical used in anti-sweating injections works by binding to nerve endings to stop the release of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter that stimulates sweat glands to produce salty water. The medication used in anti-sweating injections has been used to safely treat muscle spasms in adults and children since the late 1960s. For twenty years, muscle relaxing and anti-sweating injections have been used to reversibly control the muscles that produce wrinkles in our face and that release sweat from sweat glands.
While this medication has been safely used for many years, it is not recommended in women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
The dose and areas to be targeted will be determined in a consultation with one of our surgeons.
The area to be injected will be cleaned and mapped using a special chemical reaction on your skin to identify the specific areas that are abnormally productive of sweat. A topical local anaesthetic can be used or a nerve block will be given prior to anti-sweating injections into the hands. The anti-sweating injections are given using tiny 0.3mL sized syringes, in a series of small injections. The effect of the injection will become apparent after 3-5 days, and will persist for 6-12 months.
Slight tenderness and bruising can occur at the sight of injection. This usually fades quickly, and can be easily covered by makeup. While other side effects are reported, they are extremely rare, but can be discussed during your consultation.
The results vary between individuals, but most experience 6-12 months of effect. Some patients are concerned that there may be a rebound worsening once the injection wears off. This is not the case. Most people are so pleased with the result that they return for annual injections to help control their sweating problem.
A Medicare rebate is available for patients over 12 years of age who have a problem with axillary (under arm) sweating that cannot be controlled with the use of anti-perspirants.
Plastic surgery, like any other surgical procedure, carries certain risks and potential complications. It is important for individuals considering plastic surgery to be aware of these risks before making a decision. Your plastic surgeon will explain the specific risks of your procedure and your risk profile in the context of your general health and the complexity of your procedure. Here are some of the common risks associated with plastic surgery:
1. Infection: Any surgical procedure has the risk of infection. Surgeons take precautions to minimise this risk, such as sterile operating environments and proper wound care, but infections can still occur.
2. Scarring: Scarring is an inherent risk of plastic surgery. While surgeons strive to minimise visible scarring, some procedures may result in more noticeable or keloid scars.
3. Pain and discomfort: Plastic surgery involves incisions and tissue manipulation, which can lead to post-operative pain and discomfort. The level of pain varies depending on the procedure and the individual’s pain tolerance.
4. Hematoma and seroma: Hematomas are collections of blood that can form under the skin after surgery, while seromas are collections of fluid. These fluid collections may require drainage.
5. Nerve damage: Nerves can be damaged during surgery, leading to temporary or permanent numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in the affected area. Nerve damage can also cause muscle weakness or paralysis.
6. Blood clots: Surgical procedures carry a risk of blood clot formation, particularly in the legs. Blood clots can be serious if they travel to other parts of the body, causing complications like pulmonary embolism.
7. Anesthesia risks: Plastic surgery usually requires the use of anesthesia, which carries its own set of risks. These include adverse reactions to anesthesia, breathing difficulties, and, in rare cases, life-threatening complications.
8. Unsatisfactory results: Plastic surgery outcomes may not meet the patient’s expectations or desires. It’s important for individuals to have realistic expectations and to communicate clearly with their surgeon about their goals and desired outcomes.
9. Revision surgery: In some cases, additional surgery may be required to achieve the desired results or to correct any complications or unsatisfactory outcomes. This can increase the financial and emotional burden on the patient.
10. Psychological and emotional effects: Plastic surgery can have psychological and emotional impacts, both positive and negative. While many people experience improved self-esteem and body image after surgery, others may struggle with unrealistic expectations, body dysmorphia, or dissatisfaction with the results.
It’s crucial for individuals considering plastic surgery to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who can thoroughly explain the risks and benefits specific to their desired procedure. Understanding and carefully weighing these risks against the potential benefits can help individuals make informed decisions about whether to proceed with plastic surgery.