Botox for Underarm sweating
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Botox treatment for Hyperhidrosis and how it works.
When Botox is placed near the sweat glands it signals the sweat to stop. It can take a few days or more to work but the results are dramatic. On average, there is over 80% decrease of sweat production in that area that lasts on average 7 months. Remarkably, up to a third of patients can go 1 year before they return for more. Therefore, you are treated once or maximally twice per year and don’t have to worry about constantly treating the area.
What areas can be treated with Botox?
Underarms are the most common and easiest place to administer Botox. Often a simple solution is put on the skin to see the exact area a person sweats from and then Botox is injected with tiny needles just under the skin. It is prepared on a way that some anesthetic is mixed with the Botox to make it a relatively pain-free treatment. It takes only minutes to complete.
Hands: Hands are a sensitive area it is common to have some anesthetic placed in the hands so that the injections are painless. Alternatively, a vibration device can be used to make the treatment more comfortable.
Forehead: Botox is extremely effective in this area of sweating. Most sweating occurs near the hairline and drips down the face. With a few simple injections this often very visible area of sweating can be treated.
Feet: This will often require some anesthetic before treatment. It is not uncommon to find improvement of the feet after just the hands are treated. Although many people have a high level of satisfaction with treatment of the feet it can sometimes not be as predictable as the hands and underarms as to the degree of treatment success.
If you’ve been diagnosed with Hyperhidrosis almost all private drug plans cover the medication portion of the treatment. The Sweat Clinics of Canada will offer all individuals with an extended health care plan, a guarantee that the first treatment (drug costs only) will be covered so you can have treatment on your visit.
Although the medication may be covered by your private drug plan there is a cost for the injection procedure. Botox can last up to a year and these costs are by the treatment. Therefore, the underarm cost would work out to between $28 per month to $16 per month depending if your treatment lasts 7 months or 12 months.
Most people require 100 units of Botox to stop sweating under both underarms, which typically costs around $1,000. Coupled with dermatologist’s fees — usually another $500 — the total cost of Botox is typically $1,000 – 1,500 per session.
Botox is broken down differently for everyone, so the duration of the results will vary. Typically, you will experience dry armpits for around 3 to 6 months after receiving Botox injections. Exercise and stress can accelerate the body’s metabolic response to Botox, so the results fade faster.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox?
To get Botox injections for hyperhidrosis, you must be at least 18 years old, and it should be the last line of defense for heavy or severe underarm sweating.
Botox is only advised for severe cases of axillary hyperhidrosis that cannot be treated with topical solutions. People with certain medical conditions or taking certain medications should not receive Botox for hyperhidrosis.
Risks and Side Effects of Botox for Underarm Sweat
Some side effects from Botox for axillary hyperhidrosis include:
- Problems swallowing, speaking or breathing
- Muscle weakness or tiredness
- Vision problems
- Allergic reactions
- Interactions with other medicines
- Loss of bladder control
- Headaches and neck pain
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