Excessive Sweating - Hyperhidrosis

Edinburgh Waterfront Hospital

Hyperhidrosis, commonly referred to as excessive sweating, is a condition that affects many individuals worldwide, causing them significant discomfort and social anxiety. At Waterfront Private Hospital, we offer Botox injections as a highly effective treatment for hyperhidrosis. This minimally invasive procedure temporarily blocks the nerves that cause sweating, relieving the symptoms of this condition. Botox, a brand name for botulinum toxin, has gained popularity for its success in treating various conditions, including hyperhidrosis, making it a sought-after option for those looking to improve their quality of life.

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Excessive Sweating Treatment

  • PROCEDURE: Hyperhidrosis Treatment
  • KEY COMPONENT: Tailored approach with multiple treatment options available upon consultation
  • TREATMENT AREAS: Underarms, palms, soles, face, and other areas prone to excessive sweating
  • IDEAL FOR: Significantly reducing excessive sweating, improving comfort, and enhancing quality of life
  • PRODUCTS USED: Botox (Botulinum toxin)
  • SUITABILITY: Individuals suffering from excessive sweating not controlled by over-the-counter solutions
  • PROCEDURE TIME: Varies by treatment; typically take about 30 minutes
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What the procedure involves

  1. Consultation and Evaluation: An initial assessment is needed to confirm the diagnosis of axillary hyperhidrosis. This includes a discussion of medical history, previous treatments, and suitability for injections.
  2. Preparation: The underarm area is cleaned and prepped for treatment. A small grid may be marked on the skin to guide injection placement.
  3. Procedure: Botulinum toxin is carefully injected into the marked areas of the underarm skin using a fine needle. Multiple small injections are made to evenly distribute the toxin in the area responsible for excessive sweating. The procedure is relatively quick, typically taking about 30 minutes to complete.
  4. What to Expect During the Procedure: The injections cause minimal discomfort. A topical numbing cream may be used to minimise pain. No anaesthesia is required, and the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.

Benefits and expected outcomes


  • Effective Sweat Reduction: One of the most immediate benefits is a notable decrease in sweat production in treated areas, contributing to increased comfort and reduced embarrassment.
  • Long-Lasting Results: While not a permanent solution, the injections’ effects can last for about 6 to 12 months, offering a significant period of relief from excessive sweating.
  • Quick and Minimally Invasive: The procedure is quick, usually taking about 30 minutes, and is minimally invasive with no need for surgical incisions or extended downtime.
  • Improved Quality of Life: By managing sweat production, patients often experience improved social interactions, confidence, and overall daily comfort.
  • Safety: When administered by a qualified professional, botulinum toxin injections have a strong safety profile with few associated risks and side effects.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Reduction in Sweating: Patients typically see a reduction in sweating within 2 to 4 days after treatment, with the full effect becoming evident within 2 weeks.
  • Return to Daily Activities: Most people can resume their normal activities immediately after the procedure without needing a recovery period.
  • Scheduled Maintenance: As the treatment’s effects gradually diminish, repeat treatments can be planned to maintain the desired results.

NICE Guidelines for Hyperhidrosis Treatment in the UK

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK provides guidelines for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. It recommends Botulinum toxin injections as a treatment option for individuals who have not responded adequately to topical antiperspirants. According to NICE guidelines, this treatment should be considered when excessive sweating significantly impacts a person’s quality of life and after other treatments have been tried without success.

For more detailed information on the NICE guidelines for the treatment of hyperhidrosis, visit their official website at the following link: NICE Guidelines for Hyperhidrosis Treatment.


Ideal candidates

Ideal candidates for Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis are individuals who suffer from excessive sweating that is not adequately managed by topical agents or other treatments. Patients should be in good general health and have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure. A consultation with one of our specialists will help determine if Botox treatment is the right option for you based on your medical history and the severity of your condition.

Risks and Considerations

As with any medical procedure, Botox injections for hyperhidrosis can have potential risks and side effects, including temporary pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection sites. However, these effects are generally mild and resolve quickly. Our team of highly skilled professionals is dedicated to minimising risks and ensuring the safety and comfort of our patients throughout the treatment process.

Aftercare and recovery

Post-procedure care for Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis is minimal, allowing patients to resume their normal activities immediately. We provide detailed aftercare instructions and are available to address any concerns or questions that may arise during the recovery period. Follow-up appointments may be scheduled to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment and plan for future sessions if needed.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Botulinum toxin treatment for hyperhidrosis?

Botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox, is a treatment that involves injecting a small amount of botulinum toxin into the skin to significantly reduce excessive sweating by temporarily blocking the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. It’s an effective, minimally invasive solution for managing hyperhidrosis, particularly in the underarms, palms, and soles.

How does Botulinum toxin work for excessive sweating?

The treatment works by blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When these sweat glands don’t receive the signals, the severe sweating stops. This process is safe and has been effectively used to manage hyperhidrosis in Edinburgh and globally.

Is the Botulinum toxin treatment for hyperhidrosis safe?

Yes, the use of Botulinum toxin for hyperhidrosis is FDA-approved and considered safe when performed by a qualified medical professional. Side effects are generally minor, including localised pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site.

How long does the treatment last?

The effects of Botulinum toxin injections for hyperhidrosis typically last between 6 to 12 months. Many patients in Edinburgh find that regular treatments help maintain their desired dryness and comfort.

How quickly can I see results from the Botulinum toxin treatment?

Most patients start to notice a significant reduction in sweating within 2 to 4 days after their treatment, and the full effects are usually apparent within two weeks.

Who is an ideal candidate for this treatment in Edinburgh?

Ideal candidates suffer from excessive sweating that is not adequately controlled by topical treatments. This treatment is suitable for most adults, excluding those pregnant, breastfeeding, or with certain neurological conditions. A consultation with an Edinburgh-based practitioner will determine if it is right for you.

Can I return to daily activities after the procedure?

Yes, one of the benefits of Botulinum toxin treatment for hyperhidrosis is the minimal downtime. Patients can typically return to their daily activities immediately after the procedure, though strenuous exercise should be avoided for a short period as advised by your clinician.

Where can I get Botulinum toxin treatment for hyperhidrosis in Edinburgh?

Several clinics in Edinburgh offer Botulinum toxin treatments for hyperhidrosis, staffed by experienced practitioners. Choosing a reputable clinic specialising in hyperhidrosis is important to ensure the best results and care.

How much does it cost to get Botulinum toxin injections for hyperhidrosis in Edinburgh?

Our clinic’s guide price for treating both armpits is £450, performed by our expert aesthetic practitioner. This comprehensive package offers a cost-effective solution for those seeking relief from excessive underarm sweating.

This treatment offers a life-changing solution for individuals struggling with excessive sweating. It provides relief and improves quality of life with a simple, quick procedure right here in Edinburgh.

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