The method involves the local injections of Neurotoxin, mainly type A but also type B. The treatment is painless, short and the effect lasts 4-6 months. Neurotoxin is injected intradermally under local anesthesia. Neurotoxin injections are particularly effective in treating both axillary sweating and feet hyperhidrosis. It is also applied by the experienced dermatologists of Cosmetic Derma Medicine in the treatment of forehead and upper lip hyperhidrosis. The advantages of using Neurotoxin injections for the treatment of hyperhidrosis are as follows:
The only disadvantage of the treatment of hyperhidrosis with Neurotoxin is its transient effect, as the effect lasts for about 6 months, after which the treatment must be repeated.
Also, the only side effect from the use of Neurotoxin in hand hyperhidrosis is the occurrence of slight muscle weakness in the hands (less than 10%) for a few days after treatment, but this does not affect the person's activities and always subsides after a few days.
This is the most advanced, fast and definitive method of Hyperhidrosis Treatment, performed under local anesthesia and offers permanent results. At Cosmetic Derma Medicine we have the latest generation of the ND-Yag hypodermic laser with a wavelength of 1064nm that aims to permanently destroy sweat glands.
With the Smartlipo Laser we can target only the sweat glands without affecting other structures and parts of the skin. The method is used exclusively for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis and cannot be used for the treatment of hyperhidrosis of the extremities.
Sweat is secreted by the sweat glands. The function of the sweat glands is largely influenced by hormonal factors and sweat secretion is controlled by the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). Sweat secretion occurs in situations of high environmental conditions in order to maintain normal body temperature. Furthermore, sweating occurs in cases of high fever, when the body is trying to fight inflammation. The secretion of sweat is used to excrete various substances from the body, such as water, minerals, fatty acids, etc.
Hyperhidrosis refers to excessive production of sweat, above the normal amount required for thermoregulation of the body. Hyperhidrosis usually first appears during childhood or during adolescence. Although the phenomenon of excessive sweating can occur on any part of the body, it is most commonly found on the palms, soles and armpits.
According to the Dermatologist - Venereologist Dr. Amalia Tsiatoura, it is very important to distinguish between primary and secondary hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis can be idiopathic, i.e. it does not have an exact cause, or it can be due to other diseases, such as metabolic disorders, fever or some therapeutic treatment, in which case it is called secondary hyperhidrosis. In primary hyperhidrosis, while the function of the sweat glands is normal, sweat excretion can be up to 20 times more than in a person without hyperhidrosis. As mentioned above, excessive sweat secretion is not due to morphological abnormalities of the sweat glands, but is associated with a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system controlling the function of the sweat glands.
Hyperhidrosis has also gained the title of 'silent disability' because of the significant impact it has on the social life of the individual.
At Cosmetic Derma Medicine we apply the most appropriate methods of Hyperhidrosis Treatment, achieving excellent results against the abnormal sweat secretion responsible for the feeling of embarrassment and low self-esteem felt by most patients suffering from the disease.
The diagnosis of hyperhidrosis is very important for its further treatment as the Dermatologist - Venereologist Dr. Amalia Tsiatoura emphasizes. It is usually done clinically and by taking the patient's medical history. Important help is provided by the starch - iodine test. This is a test performed in both limb and axillary hyperhidrosis in which a 5% iodine solution is placed in the area to be examined and then starch in powder form. The areas of intense sweating are stained black and the problem area is thus accurately mapped.
The starch-iodine test is a test that helps us to diagnose the disease and to assess the severity of hyperhidrosis of the hands, feet and armpits. It is an important diagnostic test and helps us to plan the treatment plan for each case.
Hyperhidrosis causes several significant problems for those who suffer from it. It causes serious social and psychological problems. Excessive sweat secretion in the armpit makes people feel embarrassed and limits them as to the clothing they can wear. At the same time, patients with palmar hyperhidrosis or hand hyperhidrosis feel quite self-conscious when shaking hands and often have difficulty holding objects or performing simple tasks with their hands, such as using a computer. Hyperhidrosis of feet or legs can lead not only to odour but also to an increased likelihood of developing fungal infections in the lower limbs. In general, in addition to the practical problems caused, hyperhidrosis of the extremities (palms and feet) has a serious psychological impact on the patient and has a significant effect on the social, professional and personal life of these people, who often become isolated and depressed as a result of this problem. In addition to the impact on the social life and self-confidence of the individual, hyperhidrosis of the limbs and armpits causes dehydration and creates an increased risk of skin infections. In particular, patients with hyperhidrosis are much more likely to develop serious dermatological diseases, such as psoriasis (especially inverted axillary psoriasis for which primary axillary hyperhidrosis is a triggering factor), dysautonomia eczema, fungal infections and atopic dermatitis.
In addition to hand, foot and axillary hyperhidrosis, focal primary hyperhidrosis may also occur less frequently on the face, most commonly on the upper lip and forehead, causing embarrassment to the sufferers.
A more serious form of hyperhidrosis is the Secondary Hyperhidrosis, because in this case there is a risk that a more serious disease, such as an infection, hormonal imbalance or malignancy, may be underlying it. The symptoms of secondary hyperhidrosis are characterized by generalized excessive sweating throughout the body and may be accompanied by symptoms of the underlying disease that causes it. Especially patients who sweat excessively during the night should be examined by a specialist as this secondary hyperhidrosis may indicate more serious problems.
Laser Smartlipo (ND-Yag laser) is the most modern method for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis. After the starch-iodine diagnostic test and the local anesthesia administration, the laser's optical fiber is inserted under the epidermis. There, the specific wavelength of the Smartlipo Laser is selectively absorbed by the subcutaneous tissue of the armpit, inactivating the sweat glands of the armpit without affecting the surrounding tissues.
The procedure is simple, painless and guarantees permanent treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis, with efficacy rates of up to 85%. Hyperhidrosis Treatment must be performed by a Dermatologist and may require 1 to 2 sessions, lasting 40 minutes, to complete. It is the ideal treatment for those who want a permanent sweat reduction effect.
Neurotoxin injections are the most ideal and effective method of treating palmar Hyperhidrosis and Hyperhidrosis of the feet, as well as excessive sweating of other areas, such as Hyperhidrosis of the face and armpits. Prior to treatment, Hyperhidrosis is diagnosed with the starch-iodine test and then small injections of Neurotoxin are administered intradermally to the problematic area. The effectiveness of the method reaches 95%, ensuring complete remission of sweating.
The method is simple, completely safe and the results against Hyperhidrosis last about 6 months, and a more prolonged effect has been observed after several applications. In palmar hyperhidrosis the duration of the treatment action ranges from 5 to 8 months. It has been observed that after repeated applications of neurotoxin for the treatment of hyperhidrosis the effect may be prolonged and may reach up to 12 months.
The Smartlipo Laser application for Hyperhidrosis Treatment is an extremely simple and short procedure. With the application of the ND-Yag laser by Cosmetic Derma Medicine's experienced Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons, specialized in the anatomy of the axillary region, the possibility of side effects is minimized, offering a permanent solution to hyperhidrosis.
Any possible side effects of treating hyperhidrosis with the Smartlipo laser include the appearance of ecchymosis and minor hypersensitivity of the area that resolves a few days after treatment, and mild tenderness upon pressure for a few days after treatment.
However, the method is completely safe, it is performed in the doctor’s office and the patient can return to his/her activities immediately afterwards.
Cosmetic Derma Medicine Medical Group is the largest and most specialized medical group in the field of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, with clinics in Greece and Cyprus. Cosmetic Derma Medicine was the first to introduce the Smartlipo Laser in Greece, while Dr. Amalia Tsiatoura was the first to apply it for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. The treatment has been applied in our clinic for more than 10 years, while we have hundreds of successful cases to date and our clinic is a training center on this method with workshops organized every year, attracting doctors from Greece and abroad.
In the case of the treatment of hyperhidrosis with botulinum toxin, the solution that are used have CE certification and are approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Medical Director of Cosmetic Derma Medicine is the Dermatologist - Venereologist Dr. Amalia Tsiatoura, while the staff consists of a medical team of highly experienced and specialized doctors of many different specialties, as well as a fully trained team of nurses. Our team is at your side every day, 24/7 for whatever you need.