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Brisbane Skin is part of the Sweat Free Clinics Group, co-founded by Dr Manoharan. Sweat Free Clinics is Australia’s largest group of specialists treating all aspects of excessive sweating, including Sweat Free injections and miraDry for axillary hyperhidrosis.

About excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)

What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is the medical terminology for excessive and uncontrollable sweating, affecting over 110,000 patients in Australia.

The inability to control perspiration, is a problem that often starts during teenage years, it can lead to tremendous self-consciousness, loss of self-esteem and reluctance to participate in everyday activities.

Sweating is a natural, normal and important bodily function that helps keep your body cool and free of toxins. For a minority of people, though, excessive sweating can lead to social awkwardness and embarrassment.

In Australia, where so many of us enjoy an active lifestyle, this can be a real problem.

“3% of the world’s population is affected and the consequences can be disabling” – Medical News Today

The basics of hyperhidrosis

It is normal to sweat excessively if the temperature is elevated, you have been performing a strenuous activity, or if you have a fever.

Excessive sweating that may require treatment, on the other hand, is defined as:

“Sweating an amount out of proportion with the temperature of a room or your activity level” – Mayo Clinic

There are two kinds of hyperhidrosis – focal hyperhidrosis and generalised hyperhidrosis.

In focal hyperhidrosis, excess sweating is confined to a single area of the body with a relatively high concentration of sweat glands, including:

  • Underarms
  • Face
  • Palms
  • Soles
  • Groin

In generalised hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating is experienced over the entire body.

The first step towards banishing excess sweat

The good news is that the majority of patients who suffer from excessive sweating respond well when their hyperhidrosis is treated. The first step towards ensuring that success is a consultation at our clinic.

One of our doctors who will take your medical history, examine you and discuss the specifics of your problem perspiration. Based on this, your dermatologist will prescribe the best solution for you.

Another topic that will be covered during a preliminary consultation for hyperhidrosis treatments at Brisbane Skin will be your expectations. A realistic perspective about what this treatment can accomplish for your problem perspiration is a major factor in a successful outcome.

Treatments for excessive sweating

Traditional treatments for excessive sweating

Surgery is the solution of last resort for treating hyperhidrosis. More conservative approaches exist that are effective for mild to severe hyperhidrosis. Chief among these treatments are:

  • Oral Medications – Pills known as anticholinergics cause whole-body dryness. Unfortunately they may also cause side-effects such as unpleasant dry eyes and irritating dry mouth.
  • Iontophoresis – One of the treatments of choice for sweating of the palms and soles. Minerals are passed through the skin by an electrical current in an iontophoresis machine, leading to a reduction of the activity of sweat glands. Treatment starts at 3 sessions a week, but gradually decreases to 1-2 treatments as maintenance per fortnight.

New solutions for excessive sweating

Brisbane Skin is dedicated to patient satisfaction, and our dermatologists use all the tools and techniques at their disposal to help our patients look and feel their best. When it comes to treating excess perspiration problems, we are thrilled with two modern solutions that are extremely effective without being invasive:

  • SweatFree Injections for Excessive Sweating – The same muscle relaxant that millions of people use to reduce facial wrinkles can also be used to treat excessive sweating. A series of very fine injections are administered to the affected area. The treatment takes less than five minutes, is extremely effective for several months, after which treatment it can be repeated. In general, this treatment is effective for approximately six months, however this can vary depending on the individual.

People with severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis are eligible for treatment under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) if they are (1) over 12 years of age; (2) intolerant to topical aluminium chloride hexahydrate (found in antiperspirants such as Driclor™) after one or two months of treatment; (3) treated by a PBS-registered dermatologist or neurologist.

  • miraDry permanent sweat reduction – Our patients have been thrilled with the results offered by this non-invasive new treatment protocol with long-lasting benefits that rival any other treatment. Brisbane Skin, as part of the SweatFree Clinics group, is the only centre in Queensland to offer this treatment, and one of a handful of units in the country. Clinical data from several studies has demonstrated compelling efficacy and duration with MiraDry.There is no downtime associated with the treatment, and results are usually permanent. It is currently used for treating excessive sweating in the armpits. Tests are still being conducted to determine whether it is appropriate for other parts of the body.

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