INJECTIONS FOR TREATMENT OF HYPERHIDROSIS
Hyperhidrosis refers to a condition
of abnormally excessive sweating. This
can be generalized (all over) or localized
to specific areas, most commonly the
axilla (armpits) or palms. In most cases
localized hyperhidrosis is a condition
that occurs without a known cause. In
rare cases, it may be related to internal
problems. Consultation with a physician
is recommended before considering medical
treatments for hyperhidrosis to rule
out this concern.
can hyperhidrosis be treated?
Treatment options for localized hyperhidrosis
vary depending on the area to be treated.
Persistent hyperhidrosis that does not
respond to topical antiperspirants like
Drysol®, or Certain Dry® may
be treated with Botox® injections.
areas can be treated with Botox®?
Botox® is most commonly used to
treat hyperhidrosis of the armpits,
palms of hands and soles of feet, although
it can be used anywhere where excessive
does Botox® work for hyperhidrosis?
Botox® temporarily blocks the nerves
that stimulate sweating in the armpits,
palms or other localized areas where
it is injected. It is directly injected
via a very small needle into the skin
in the area that is sweating excessively.
Normal activity can be resumed immediately;
however, heavy exercise should be avoided
for several hours.
soon does the treatment work and how
long does it last?
After a few days, significant reduction
in sweating is seen in many patients
with the full effect being seen within
one week. On average most patients see
a reduction in perspiration for approximately
4-6 months with one injection; but some
patients can get up to a year of reduced
sweating from one injection.
there any risks or side effects?
Side effects are minimal in the axilla
but may include tiny bruises which will
fade in a few days and small persistent
areas of sweating that may need a second
treatment of the palms may result in
transient muscle weakness in some patients.
much do Botox® treatments cost?
A consultation is required to evaluate
other potential causes of excessive
sweating that could indicate a potentially
serious underlying disease that requires
other forms of treatment. The cost of
the consultation is the cost of a usual
cost of the actual treatment is based
on the amount of Botox® used. Typically,
100 units are needed to treat both armpits
and 200 units are needed to treat both
palms (100 per hand). There is also
an injection charge at each visit. Your
doctor can give you a more accurate
estimate at your consultation visit.
my insurance cover this treatment?
This will depend on your individual
insurance plan. Our office will assist
you with researching your benefits before
treatment is started. However, if our
office does not participate with your
insurance carrier, then payment for
treatment is payable at the time it
is performed and any insurance reimbursement
will be sent to you directly.