What is Hyperhidrosis?
There are two forms: primary focal hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis. It is a condition that causes excessive sweating. A person with the more common condition, primary focal hyperhidrosis, sweats excessively from specific points in the body under normal conditions and finds little to no relief from antiperspirants. Usually, sweating is a body’s self-regulated reaction to cool down, but with hyperhidrosis, the body’s nerves are overstimulated, leading to an increase in sweat production.
In the latter form, secondary hyperhidrosis, it is a reaction to a medical condition or medication. As stated by the Mayo Clinic, conditions that may lead to secondary hyperhidrosis are: Diabetes, menopause, thyroid problems, low blood sugar, some cancers, heart attacks, nervous system disorders, and infections. This condition is less common, but still can lead to similar side effects.
How can you tell if you have hyperhidrosis?
As with most conditions, speak with your doctor to be sure that your diagnosis. Hyperhidrosis is more than just occasional stained armpits or sweaty hands, but instead can disrupt a person’s day to day life. Often with the more common form, primary focal hyperhidrosis, sweating is symmetrical, so one side will sweat equally with the other. It is also focused to specific body parts; the feet, hands, face, and others will sweat, but not always all at once. With secondary hyperhidrosis, the body is more likely to sweat everywhere.
Risks of Hyperhidrosis
While there are no real physical risks for hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating can negatively impact a person’s social life and wellbeing due to depleted self-confidence and embarrassment. Excessive sweating can at times lead to more skin infections in some patients. Others complain of sweaty hands and armpits affecting their career success, their hyperhidrosis increasing due to nervousness. If you feel yourself experiencing depression or moving into social withdrawal, know that there is a solution. You should not feel ashamed or embarrassed in your own skin, and we want to help!
What can be done?
After meeting with Dr. Khan, you can decide if surgery is right for you. The at Executive Plastic Surgery goal is to make patients feel comfortable and confident in their everyday life. After an initial appointment in our Detroit area office, Dr. Khan will create your treatment plan and give you any necessary information for your following visit.
The minimally invasive procedure involves injecting Botox just under the skin in the areas where glands are over producing sweat. By doing so, the Botox blocks chemical signals sent to nerves in order to stimulate sweat glands. Dr. Khan will apply an anesthetic to manage any discomfort or pain. After blocking these signals, the body does not produce as much sweat in that particular area. It will not stop your sweating completely, but it will lower it. The procedure only takes fifteen minutes.
Preparation for hyperhidrosis surgery:
Before coming to the office, do not shave your armpits for a few days before, as it could irritate the skin.
While this procedure is safe and low-risk, it is still an injection. Be sure to get a full night’s rest and stay hydrated before coming into the office.
Recovery and what should happen after the procedure
You can resume daily life immediately after the injection. Sweating symptoms should go away in about one to two weeks and should last at least seven months. Be sure to schedule a follow up about a week later with Dr. Khan after your first procedure, so he can check your progress and if need be, perform any touch ups that may be necessary.
Risks associated with treatment
Most patients have a positive experience using Botox to help treat hyperhidrosis. However, if you experience any side effects such as pain or bruising at the injection sight, headaches, flu-like symptoms, or anything out of the ordinary, check in at our Detroit area office, and we will be happy to offer any help needed.
Please never assume anything about a medical procedure. Ask lots of questions and pay attention to the answers. It is imperative that you receive qualified medical advice about any plastic surgery procedure. You should discuss your health needs at every stage of the process from the initial consultation all the way through recovery. An initial consultation with Dr. Shaher W. Khan (M.D.) will offer you an opportunity to chat about any and all of the questions you have about the process and the surgeries we offer. Dr. Khan serves the entire Detroit metro area. Call 734-419-1615 or contact us to get started finding the right course of treatment for your hyperhidrosis.