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Treating Facial Hyperhidrosis with Iontophoresis

Treating Facial Hyperhidrosis with Iontophoresis

Facial Sweating and Iontophoresis

This support post is related to the Hidrex PSP1000 iontophoresis machine. If you have the newer Hidrex ConnectION  model for facial sweating, please see this iontophoresis support post for that version.

Hidrex produce a facial mask applicator that is designed for use with the Hidrex ConnectION or the previous model, the Hidrex PSP1000 (or older PS500 machines which are still in service).

This electrode is an accessory that s=is required for treatment of facial sweating and Hyperhidrosis.

The facial sweating mask is made of medical grade cellulose sponge and has been lined with a specially constructed silicon electrode. This silicon electrode is the same construction as seen electrode as used in the axillae applicator (and large area treatment pads).

Set up for facial treatment differs from other treatment areas as the mask is a one piece accessory and so the circuit will be closed as soon as the electrodes are fitted in the pockets. Other treatment areas require you to either place hands or feet in trays or apply pad to underarms for the circuit to close.

Quick Step by Step set up for Hidrex ConnectION with new facial mask applicator.

The Face Mask Applicator has been re-designed to maximise the response to iontophoresis for facial hyperhidrosis. The new mask is now a single electrode piece and so requires a single hand/foot electrode to complete the circuit. The face mask is plugged in to the main electrode cable and the second electrodes cable goes to the hand/foot plate. The hand/foot plate is placed in a treatment tray (or one side of the carry case) which is filled with tap water.

In the initial treatment stage, perform treatments each day for a maximum of 15 minutes. The Hidrex ConnectION is set to 15 minutes by default. The following is a simple quick start guide to help you get going but please do fully read the instructions. This quick start assumes you have trialed tolerance levels on face. and are happy to proceed.

  1. You need to wet the face mask electrode. Place it in warm tap water.
  2. Set the machine to a start voltage (8v will be fine for most patients on the initial treatment.
  3. Screen will show 15:08 in this example. 15 is the time and 08 is the power. It is not 15 minutes and 8 seconds!
  4. Place the large metal (hand/foot) electrode in a tray or one side of the carry case with 400-500ml of warm tap water.
  5. Place the plastic distance grid over the metal electrode.
  6. Fit the wet mask to face and plug grey cable in port at back of machine. (face mask is connected to grey cable and grey cable fitted into port on back of control panel).
  7. Fit the second grey cable from large electrode plate into the other port on back of the machine.
  8. When you place your hand or foot in the water filled tray, the circuit will close and treatment will begin automatically.
  9. You will see the screen semi-colon stop flashing and the power (which is set at 08v) will drop to 0, then slowly power up to 8v
  10. if at any point during the power up you feel discomfort, press either button and power will be paused.
  11. If comfortable increase power to the maximum comfortable power level. DO NOT OPERATE AT UNCOMFORTABLE LEVELS
  12. The machine will automatically count down from 15 minutes.
  13. If at anytime you wish to pause treatment, simply remove hand/foot from water tray and the circuit will be broken
  14. If the mask begins to dry out, pause and re-soak. The wetter the mask the better the treatment!
  15. When treatment is complete, ‘end’ will appear on screen. Remove hand/foot, remove mask. Rinse mask and allow to dry naturally.

 

Step by Step facial treatments (Hidrex PSP1000 Iontophoresis machine)

So, the first step is to soak the facial mask in warm tap water. While this is soaking, you can set the machine up. You can either use the pre set for Axillae treatments or manually enter the required settings. The pre set will place the machine in P70 pulsed current. This is a good starting value for facial treatments. Bring the power down for the first treatment until you know what is comfortable for you, starting around 5 volts. The time will show 15 minutes. This is fine for now but more about treatment times is below.

Plug the electrode cables into the machine and the electrodes, leaving the machine switched on. If you are on your own you can insert the electrodes into the mask and then fit the mask or if you have assistance, fit the mask and have someone insert the electrodes into the mask pockets.

As the face mask is a one piece unit, the circuit will be closed from the moment you insert the electrodes so the dive light will illuminate and the machine will begin to deliver 5 volts.

If you try to set the machine up first and have the electrodes in the mask pockets (circuit closed) before you switch the unit on, the unit will not work! This is a safety feature. If the machine senses a closed circuit upon start up it will lock itself out. This ensures that you look at the values set in the machine and can be confident that they are suited for the treatment area you are using the machine on.

The mask should be as wet as possible and fit the face as closely as you can. Laying down will help keep the mask in place and water within the mask. The recommended treatment time is 15 minutes per day but if you find that the mask is drying out you can split treatments into shorter sections such as 5 or 10 minutes which will enable you to re-soak the ask and treat again. Similarly if you find that results are poor you can increase treatment times to 20 or 25 minutes so long as there is no irritation. Your skin will determine how long you can perform sessions.

Once comfortable with the mask in place and machine operating as expected, you can now increase the power to the maximum comfortable level you can tolerate. This will not normally be very high for facial treatments but does vary greatly from patient to patient.

Perform daily session and when results are seen you can switch to maintenance mode and hopefully be in a position where you only need to perform treatments every few weeks.

Thank you for reading.

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