Did you know Botox could be used for excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

Botox for sweating?

Botulinum Toxin is most commonly used to smooth facial wrinkles, although not many people know that Botox also has FDA approval to be used for Hyperhidrosis too.

Hyperhidrosis is a common condition in which a person sweats excessively. It’s been estimated to affect between one and three in every 100 people which means there are likely to be hundreds of thousands of people living with it in the UK.

Hyperhidrosis can develop at any age, although primary hyperhidrosis typically starts during childhood or soon after puberty.
The sweating may affect the whole of the body, or it may be localised to affect certain areas such as the armpits, palms of the hands, soles of the feet and the groin for example.

People who suffer from excessive sweating can find the condition embarrassing and may avoid situations or clothing choices in order to conceal the problem which can have an impact on their quality of life.

    How does Botox work?

The neurotoxin Botox stops nerves from firing by blocking the uptake of acetylcholine, one of the neurotransmitters that tells muscles to contract. When injected in the face, it essentially freezes the nearby muscles, which smooths wrinkles and prevents expression lines that could cause more wrinkles to appear. The mechanism works in the same way used to stop the production of sweat, but it acts on glands instead of muscles. Botox intercepts the message telling the glands to secrete sweat, so they don’t.

    Who can treat Hyperhidrosis?

Botox is a prescription-only medicines (POM) in the UK, which means it can only be prescribed and given to a patient by a qualified prescriber and only medical professionals can qualify as prescribers. It is important to research your practitioner fully, it is not unreasonable to ask about their insurance and to see previous patients results.

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Why the over 55’s are more likely to have cosmetic surgery

According to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, in 2014 American’s 55 or over made up 24 per cent of all cosmetic surgery procedures, while those aged 40-54 made up 34 per cent – the highest percentage of all the age groups.

Recent research from The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) found that ‘tweaked, not tucked’ has become the new ideal for many

The term ‘tweaked not tucked’ seems entirely accurate, ladies and gentleman within this age group will very often during consultation request a more natural look, a look that doesn’t completely change the appearance but particularly in the case of facial surgery, enhances their face and gives a fresher appearance.

As we age, the skin can become tired and begin to sag or wrinkle making the face look tired and worn but often the skin still has good elasticity, therefore facial surgery can improve these symptoms

Facial rejuvenation procedures are by far the most popular procedures that I consult for in this age group, facial rejuvenation can be anything from Rhytidectomy (facelift), Blepharoplasty (eye lid correction) to Non surgical treatments for example Botox (Anti Wrinkle) or dermal fillers for those deeper lines and creases.

Can Facial Cosmetic Surgery help?

Rhytidectomy (facelift surgery) and Blepharoplasty (eye lid correction) procedures will help to restore youthfulness to the face giving an increased confidence and self esteem. Rhytidectomy (facelift surgery) is major surgery and will generally require a 2 night stay in hospital, in many cases patients undergo Blepharoplasty (eye lid correction) at the same time to get an optimum result, or this can be done separately usually as a daycase and sometimes using local anaesthetic as opposed to general.

How do i book a consultation?

Whilst every patient is different, a consultation will provide you with a realistic idea of the result you can expect to achieve.

If you are considering surgery, I have clinics in Warwick, Coventry and Nuneaton. To make an appointment please call or 07468 418 419 or for more information please see my website

Can you overdo plastic surgery?

The answer is a very easy – yes! Many people we see in our cosmetic surgery clinics say they are trying to fight the signs of ageing, trying to look younger. It is of course impossible to hold back the tide of time with respect of how we look. Eventually we all look old! There is nothing wrong with that either. Equally, there is also nothing wrong with wanting to look a bit younger or a phrase that we prefer, fresher.

However, what we do warn against is over-doing plastic surgery. This can be by having too much surgery and looking a bit odd given the age of the patient. Or it could be trying to look completely different at any age, sometimes to look like a celebrity for example.  Both of these in our view are dangerous and against the ethical code of what we do. It is our job to ensure patients do not go too far. A fresh, natural look is very much our preference by way of a result.

Facial surgery such as facelift

Facial surgery in particular can be over done. Face lifts, blepheroplasty and botox and fillers can all be taken to extremes giving a very false look. Of course, the face is the most visible part of the body in our everyday lives so be very cautious indeed when considering this type of surgery. There is a large amount of responsibility on us as surgeons to ensure a patient does not overdo things. If we think a patient is going too far, we should say so and possibly not operate. Unfortunately, some providers operate on a far more profit comes first basis and we frequently hear of patients refused surgery by reputable surgeons finding someone to do the procedure elsewhere. If we refuse treatment, it will pretty much always be in your best interests.

If you are considering any type of surgery, whether it be breast augmentation (boob job), facelift, tummytuck, botox or fillers , come and see us in our clinics held in Warwick, Nuneaton and Coventry. Call us now for an appointment on 01926 436332 or 01926 436310.