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Botox® for Excessive Sweating
Stop Excessive Sweating with Botox®
Botox® is commonly used for facial rejuvenation and the treatment of crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead creases, and brow lines. However, did you know that Botox® can also be used to treat excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, by injecting into the sweat glands of the armpits, feet or hands?
I have regularly seen patients at my clinic who are embarrassed by excessive sweating and have been introduced to the idea that Botox® can be used to treat this condition.
How does it work?
In general, I have used 30 – 50 injections of Botox® in each armpit, to reduce excessive sweating. This particular injectable works by temporarily blocking the neurotransmitters that stimulate sweat production. There can be initial redness in the armpits and some discomfort at the injection sites, but it is generally short-lived. A topical anesthetic can be applied to the skin prior to treatment to minimize discomfort. The results generally show a significant reduction in excessive sweating, with the patient using minimal deodorant daily.
How long does it last?
Using Botox® to control excessive sweating typically lasts 6-8 months, with treatment being repeated to maintain the desired result.
What does it cost and is it covered?
Some drug plans may cover a portion of treatment for hyperhidrosis, however, you should check with your insurance provider for the details. Like my patients, if you suffer from excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis, you should consider asking your doctor about the benefits of being treated with Botox®. My patients have been very satisfied with their results and generally feel much more confident socially. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know you that won’t be sweating through your clothes on a daily basis?
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