TAKE BACK YOUR SUMMER – LEAVE SWEAT BEHIND
Plagued by constant embarrassing sweat? It’s not your fault! Let the professionals at SkinOvation help you enjoy the simplest pleasures the warm months can offer.
Sweat – it’s natural! Our bodies are conditioned to activate its sweat glands when our internal temperatures rise as a way of cooling itself off. Whether we are working out at the gym, taking the dog for a walk outside in the hot sun, sick with a fever, or even when encountering a situation we feel nervous about, temporarily perspiring is what brings the body’s temperature back to its normal healthy state. However, for some, sweat occurs without reason, without activity or exertion, and seems to never come to a complete halt. This type of excessive sweating is called Hyperhidrosis, a medical condition in which the nerves that stimulate sweat glands never receive our body’s signal to cease production, though the factors that would normally cause this bodily response this are not present.
Hyperhidrosis, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, affects about 3% of people today however, often those affected do not seek medical treatment for their excess sweating and many more adolescents are assumed to have the disease but have never been properly assessed. For those with the disease, recognized or not, sweating interferes with even the smallest tasks and interrupts everyday life. From difficulty turning a doorknob with sweaty hands, to dripping sweat over papers or their computer or even being forced to constantly layer up on clothing or change to hide large sweat marks left behind or body odor, Hyperhidrosis causes anxiety, embarrassment, emotional and psychological difficulties, and avoidance of social, professional, or romantic interaction.
Currently, there are 2 recognized types of Hyperhidrosis, the first is Primary, or Focal, Hyperhidrosis which occurs naturally with no underlying medical condition or causes and only affects on or two parts of the body including underarms, hand, feet, forehead, and face. It begins when the person is an adolescent, occurs of both sides of the body when in hands and or feet, occurs at least once a week, and begins after the person wakes. Secondary, or Generalized, Hyperhidrosis has an underlying cause based on an existing medical condition or medication. This type affects either a few areas at a time or the entire body and the person often perspires during sleep. Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis include visible perspiration or beading of sweat on face or forehead while at rest, the skin of the affected area always appears to be wet, turns soft and white and begins to peel (also known as Maceration and leads to skin breakdown and other conditions), frequent skin infections occur (including fungal, bacterial, and warts), dripping sweat from head, face, hands, feet, and underarms, and consistent body odor due to bacteria and constrictive clothing.
Regardless of which type of Hyperhidrosis and to whatever severity occurs, the good news is that SkinOvations can help you get back to a life free of anxiety and fear due to excessive sweating. The licensed experts at SkinOvations now offer Botulinum toxin injections, more commonly known as Botox (the same treatment used for wrinkles in addition to muscle spasms and headaches), to treat the side effects of Hyperhidrosis. The FDA (The U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has approved Botox injections as a safe, non-invasive treatment for those affected with Hyperhidrosis in their underarms as well as other areas of the body. Botox is a purified protein that when injected blocks chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the eccrine sweat glands (the glands in your feet, palms, face, and armpits that make up the majority of the 2 – 4 million sweat glands in the body) and prevents sweat production at the injection site.
The injection itself contains a much weaker form of Botox than used for cosmetic purposes and causes little pain or discomfort. The injections are made in the skin near the affected glands with a very fine needle and takes anywhere from 10 – 30 minutes depending on the area being treated. Best of all, Botox treatment does require any downtime! Most patients return to their routine immediately, results are noticeable only 4-5 days after the treatment, and they last anywhere from 4 – 6 months at a time! There are also no limits to how many times you can be treated and unlike other Hyperhidrosis treatments, there are no known side effects related to this form of Botox injection. Why use prescription antiperspirants that contain aluminum, take prescription medication (anticholinergics), or seek out far more risky treatments such as Iontophoresis: a treatment involving placing the affected areas in a basin of shallow water charged with electric currents, or even more dangerous, having major surgery to remove overactive sweat glands from your body by way of slicing the nerve? Botox injections allow you to remove the fear, worry, doubt, and risks associated with other Hyperhidrosis treatments and lasts for months!
Summer’s not over yet and you still have time to show off your best self free from embarrassing overactive sweating and all the anxiety it brings with it. Get back to enjoying your life and stop struggling to manage your hyperhidrosis alone. SkinOvations can help you take back your summer now! Call (212) 641-0668 for an appointment today and never let Hyperhidrosis get in the way of a normal life again.