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Do you suffer from Excessive Sweating?

By on Nov 7, 2013 in News |

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can be disabling and embarrassing, affecting social and occupational activities. You may have suffered from excessive sweating for years, in the belief that the only thing you could do was to keep applying antiperspirant and changing your clothes. Hyperhidrosis affects millions of people around the world. Although high temperatures or stress can increase perspiration, they don’t cause hyperhidrosis. Instead, hyperhidrosis may be an inherited trait that stops the body from properly regulating its temperature. Hyperhidrosis appears to be linked to overactivity in the hypothalamus, the area of the brain that maintains body temperature, and the sympathetic nerves that control sweat glands. Primary hyperhidrosis starts in childhood and tends to be localised to the palms, soles and/or the armpits (axillae). Secondary hyperhidrosis is due to an underlying medical cause such as diabetes, overactive thyroid, obesity, menopause, anxiety or medication. It can often affect the whole body. First line treatment for localised hyperhidrosis is an antiperspirant spray, stick or roll-on containing an aluminium salt. These work best if applied last thing at night before retiring. Many products also contain deodorants to disguise unpleasant odour. Oral anticholinergic medication can reduce sweating but may cause side effects such as blurred vision, dry mouth and constipation. They are most useful for generalised hyperhidrosis. Iontophoresis can be very effective for hyperhidrosis affecting palms, soles and armpits. This involves using a device to pass a mild electric current through the skin while soaking in tap water. Botulinum toxin injections are the most effective treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis. They block the sympathetic nerves in the armpits and can stop sweating for a few months. The sweat glands under the arms can also be removed surgically, by liposuction, cutting under the skin or by removing all the skin that contains the sweat glands. this third option may require skin grafting if the area removed is large, and it may leave a significant scar. Transthoracic endoscopic sympathectomy is effective for palmar hyperhidrosis but because of side effects and risks, is reserved for the most severely affected individuals. At tristram clinic, axillary hyperhidrosis is successfully treated with botulinum toxin. it is injected into the skin of both armpits without any need for local anaesthetic. This procedure is...

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Celebrating 20 years

By on Nov 7, 2013 in News |

Tristram Clinic celebrates 20 years of appearance medicine   Increasing numbers of Kiwi men and women are discovering the benefits of cosmetic procedures like BOTOX®, lasers and dermal fillers. “It’s Hamilton’s best-kept secret,” says Sonya Ferguson, who has been offering appearance medicine at Tristram Clinic for 20 years. “Most older patients choose to keep it private, but I find women in their 20s or 30s don’t mind telling a few close friends. I’m also seeing far more men than I used to; they usually want to look less tired.” Celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, the Tristram Appearance Medicine Centre is regarded as one of New Zealand’s best. “It’s such an advantage for our patients to be treated at a medical clinic alongside qualified plastic surgeons and dermatologists,” says Sonya, a specialist aesthetic nurse. Over the past two decades, appearance medicine has transformed dramatically. “Back then all we could offer patients for treating their wrinkles was bovine collagen injections. I had to do two separate allergy skin tests and then wait four weeks before I could start. “Today we use dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid, a natural component of skin that can be safely injected immediately.” Dermal fillers are used to gently ‘sculpt’ the face and restore a fresher, younger-looking appearance; often delaying the need for a facelift. Sonya says fillers are a great solution for lifting the cheeks or a sagging jawline, filling the tear trough below the eye, restoring volume to the mid-face, softening nasolabial folds, boosting thin lips, smoothing out scars, or improving the profile of a weak nose or chin. BOTOX® is another quick, cost-effective treatment that’s ideal for men and women who want to soften their frown, forehead, or crow’s feet lines. The staff at Tristram Appearance Medicine Centre are passionate about helping their patients look and feel more confident. “We believe the results should be completely naturallooking. We want our patients to look fresh, healthy and happy. Less is definitely best; no-one should be able to guess you’ve had any work done.” Sonya says the best part of her job is seeing patients’ faces light up when they look in the mirror. “They say ‘wow, I never thought that was possible! Those lines have bothered me...

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