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WHAT IS HYPERHIDROSIS? 

Hyperhidrosis is the excessive production of sweat. The condition most frequently affects the underarms, hands and face. Symptoms usually start in adolescence and can cause a significant negative impact on the quality of life. It can cause difficulties with work, school and social relationships. It is estimated that as many as 1 in 10 people may be suffering from this condition. There is a strong familial link and it affects males twice as often as females. At Kiora a variety of minimally invasive techniques can be used to improve excessive sweating. A long pulse ND:YAG laser can potentially destroy the sweat glands directly. For other patients anti-sweating injections can be used. At Kiora all procedures are performed by one of our principle Cosmetic Doctors, Dr Grace Lin or Dr Neville Lee See. They have been with us continuously since 2005 to give safer and more consistent outcomes.



HOW DO ANTI-SWEATING INJECTIONS WORK?  

Anti-sweating injections can be used to treat underarm sweating by blocking the communication between the nerves and the sweat glands. The effect mimics surgery without the risks of nerve damage, scarring or compensatory hyperhidrosis. By blocking the nerve transmission the anti-sweating injections stops the over-production of sweat, allowing perspiration to be reduced to "normal" levels. 



CAN AREAS OTHER THAN THE UNDERARMS BE TREATED? 

Kiora's doctors are trained in a wide variety of minimally invasive techniques to significantly reduce excessive sweating. The underarms can be treated with anti-sweating injections to reduce sweating by 90%. Severe sweating of the underarms is commonly treated to reduce wet patches on clothing. Excessive sweating of the face, hands and groin can be treated with a long pulse ND:YAG laser to selectively destroy overactive sweat glands. Sweaty hands can interfere with writing. fine motor skills and social interactions (sweaty hands). Excessive sweating of the face can be greatly improved. The results are excellent and are particularly popular amongst professionals who prefer to remain cool and dry during presentations and business meetings.



WHAT CAUSES HYPERHIDROSIS?

Most cases of Hyperhidrosis (severe sweating) are idiopathic - arising without apparent cause. Rarely, hyperhidrosis can be secondary to diseases such as hyperthyroidism, pituitary disease or neoplasms. It is important to exclude these diseases through a careful history and examination.



WHAT ARE THE OTHER POSSIBLE TREATMENTS?  

In medicine we always advise the simple things first. Topical treatments such as the use of anti-pespirants with high aluminium content are first-line. Oral medications are rarely used due to the poorly tolerated side effects such as dry mouth and constipation. Iontopheresis, although time consuming, has been shown to be effective for palmar hyperhidrosis. In the past, the last available option was surgery to either destroy the nerves supplying the affected area or to physically excise the offending sweat glands.



IS IT SAFE?  

Our Anti-sweating Injections have a well-documented safety profile. It is now the most popular cosmetic medical procedure in the world. In 2004 alone, over 2.8 million cosmetic treatments were carried out. The dosage used to treat hyperhidrosis is a fraction of what's used to rehabilitate children with cerebral palsy. It is one of the safest cosmetic procedures available.



TREATMENT OF HYPERHIDROSIS AT KIORA 

All patients are consulted and treated by one of Kiora's principle Cosmetic Doctors. Kiora's specialist Cosmetic Doctors were some of the first doctors in Melbourne to start using Cosmetic Injections in the treatment of hyperhidrosis. Dr Neville Lee See has a special interest in using minimally invasive techniques as an alternative to surgical procedures, like endoscopic sympathectomy, traditionally used to treat excessive sweating. Anti-sweating injections are a revolution in the treatment of hyperhidrosis and are a safer and more reliable way to treat hyperhidrosis compared to traditional surgical techniques such as nerve ablation or sweat gland excision.

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