Cos­metic treat­ments for a med­i­cal con­di­tion

Style Magazine - - Experts - BY DR JULIE BRAD­FORD, THE BRAD­FORD CLINIC

Hyper­hidro­sis is a disor­der of ex­ces­sive sweat­ing that can have a pro­found ef­fect on a per­son’s qual­ity of life.

While hyper­hidro­sis may be gen­er­alised and in­volve the en­tire body, fo­cal hyper­hidro­sis most com­monly af­fects the ax­il­lae (armpits), feet and hands.

The cause of hyper­hidro­sis is poorly un­der­stood.

Did you know that botox in­jec­tions — yes the same ones used to re­lax frowns — can be used to re­duce ex­ces­sive sweat­ing?

They work by block­ing the nerve fi­bres that in­ner­vate the sweat glands.

Treat­ments gen­er­ally last at least nine months and, like your cos­metic in­jec­tions, tend to last longer with each treat­ment.

Another cos­metic treat­ment of­ten used to treat ex­ces­sive sweat­ing is ulther­apy, a pop­u­lar skin-tight­en­ing treat­ment.

In fact hyper­hidro­sis is one of Ulthera’s FDA ap­proved treat­ments.

Ul­tra­sound waves are de­liv­ered through the skin to the sweat glands to re­duce their ac­tiv­ity.

While two treat­ments are rec­om­mended, stud­ies — on­go­ing for two years now — in­di­cate that their ef­fect may be per­ma­nent.

The ob­jec­tive of both of these treat­ments is to re­duce sweat­ing to phys­i­o­log­i­cally nor­mal lev­els which can be tol­er­ated.

An­hidro­sis (no sweat at all) is not the target.

If you suf­fer from this con­di­tion, come and see us at the Brad­ford Clinic, Suite 2, Clif­ford Place, 25 Is­abel St, to dis­cuss treat­ments be­fore sum­mer ar­rives.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.