- What is it?
- Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive sweating. The condition can be temporarily treated with Botox® injections to the underarms. If you find underarm sweating is significantly interfering with your daily activities, and topical agents haven’t worked, you may be a candidate for Hyperhidrosis treatments.
Sweat is your body’s temperature regulator. In some people, the body’s mechanism for cooling itself is overactive – so overactive that they may sweat four or five times more than is necessary or normal. Sweating in this extreme can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, anxiety-inducing and even disabling. It can disrupt all aspects of a person’s life, from career choices and recreational activities to relationships, emotional well-being, and self-image. This kind of excessive sweating is called Hyperhidrosis and it afflicts millions of people around the world (approximately 3% of the population).
- How does it work?
- Botox® has the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical in the nervous system that is responsible for “turning on” the body’s sweat glands. By blocking or interrupting this chemical messenger, Botox® “turns off” sweating at the area where it has been injected.
During the procedure, a very fine needle is used to inject small amounts of Botox® just under the skin near the sweat glands responsible for excessive perspiration.
- How much does it cost?
- Most private drug plans will cover the medication costs of the treatment. The cost of the $300 injection fee is generally not covered by drug plans.
- Will I need multiple treatments?
- Botox® injections do not cure Hyperhidrosis; your symptoms will return gradually. Follow-up injections are required to maintain dryness. These repeat injections may be necessary at intervals varying from 7 to 16 months.
- Who does the treatment?
- Injections are done by one of our highly trained Registered Nurses.
- How long does it take?
- Treatment is usually 1-2 hours in duration.
- Is there any downtime or pain?
- There may be discomfort or tenderness during the injections, and mild bruising at injection site may last for a few days following the treatment.