Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)

Hyperhidrosis is a condition causing a greater perspiration than what the body needs to regulate its temperature. Nearly 3% of the population suffers, both men and women. In most cases, people do not talk with a health care professional, not knowing that hyperhidrosis is a treatable medical condition.

Hyperhidrosis has important social and psychological repercussions, strongly affect the quality of life of the patient. Many factors can increase perspiration, such as heat stress.

Neurological or metabolic diseases may be responsible for hyperhidrosis, however this is relatively rare. The most commonly affected areas are the armpits, palms, soles of feet and forehead.


The treatment of hyperhidrosis begins parl’usage antiperspirant for external use, such as talc or products containing aluminum salts, temporarily blocking the sweat ducts to the skin surface to prevent excess transpiration ( these aluminum salts are sometimes challenged as to their safety )

In case of failure, iontophoresis (or iontophoresis ) is a process of passing a small electrical current through the skin, by immersing the hands or feet in bins provided for this purpose. This treatment can be performed at home using a device purchased from a specialized Swiss distributor for about CHF 1500 – . (Beware of internet shopping, often unreliable ).

Underarm, injections of botulinum toxin A is an alternative, they must be performed by a physician in medical practice. The effect occurs about two weeks after injection and lasts 4 to 6 months. This allows a reduction of sweating of the order of 70 to 80 % .

It is also possible to use laser lipolysis is a small outpatient surgery under local anesthesia. It is to destroy the sweat glands, which are responsible for the sweating, using a thin optical fiber inserted in the skin, connected to a laser source. The results are similar to those of the botulinum toxin, while having the advantage of being permanent.

Skinpulse Center continually develops new non-invasive techniques such as, among others, microwave and radiofrequency to reduce sweating all areas over longer periods than methods using botulinum toxin or permanently.