BOTOX® FOR HYPERHIDROSIS
In some people, the body’s sweating mechanism is overactive — so overactive that they may sweat four or five times more than is necessary, or normal. embarrassing, uncomfortable and anxiety. This kind of excessive sweating is called hyperhidrosis and affects approximately 3% of the world’s population.
In 2004, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA) for the treatment of severe primary axillary or underarm hyperhidrosis in patients unable to obtain relief using antiperspirants. This service is performed under local anesthetic in our office in relatively little time to perform. During the procedure, a very fine needle is used to inject tiny amounts of Botox® just under the skin intermittently throughout the area of excessive sweating (in a grid pattern, approximately every 1 to 2 centimeters). Multiple injections are given based on Dr. Petropoulos’ assessment of the area that needs to be treated.
The cost of Botox treatments for hyperhidrosis will vary depending upon the size of the body area. Botulinum toxin injections do not cure hyperhidrosis but can dramatically improve your symptoms; your symptoms will go away gradually (usually in about a week) and return gradually. Follow-up injections are required to maintain dryness. These repeat injections may be necessary at intervals varying from 7 to 16 months.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Petropoulos to see if you are a candidate for the procedure. The initial consultation can be billed to your insurance company, we will provide a statement for you to submit to your insurance company.
Areas treated: axillae (armpits) and palms of hands