What is Iontopheresis treatment?
Iontophoresis is a safe and effective non-invasive method of reducing excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) by passing a low voltage electric current through tap water to the skin of the hands, feet, or underarms.
What is involved in Iontopheresis treatment?
Successful treatment requires seven sessions over a four week period initially to get the hyperhidrosis controlled. It usually takes at least four sessions before there is any noticeable reduction in sweating. After the initial course, top-up treatments are needed as soon as the skin begins to feel clammy again, the frequency of these can range from a few days to a few weeks.
Each treatment session takes between 20minutes to 40 minutes. The hands or feet are placed in tap water in the device, and a current is passed through for a fixed time and then reversed for the same amount of time. Treatment sessions are normally scheduled in the sequence day 1, day 2, day 4, day 7, day 10, day 15 and day 22. Please note that treatment will still work if you cannot make a session on the exact day but can have a session close to the scheduled day.
After this initial phase it is recommended that a single maintenance treatment is performed as soon as the hands, feet or axillae become clammy and before sweating starts again. The frequency of the maintenance sessions varies with the individual and may be anything from twice a week to a month or so. You should continue this maintenance treatment as required.
What are the risks or potential side effects of Iontopheresis treatment?
Treatment is not recommended in patients under the age of sixteen, without approval from a Dermatologist.
Treatment does not hurt. You will feel a tingling or pins and needles sensation during the treatment but this should not be uncomfortable.
Any cuts in the areas being treated are covered with a small amount of Vaseline.
Any areas of skin which are red or inflamed after treatment are treated with a suitable emollient cream.
Is there any preparation needed before having Iontopheresis treatment?
You should wait for 3-4 days after shaving or waxing the area being treated.
You should remove all jewellery prior to treatment.
What aftercare is required for Iontopheresis treatment?
Aftercare for Iontopheresis treatment.
What is the cost of Iontopheresis treatment?
Contact us for further details on the cost of Iontopheresis treatment at our clinic. Patients with private health insurance may find that their insurer covers the first set of treatments, but should check with their insurer first.
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