Hyperhidrosis is a common condition that is characterized by excessive sweating in the axillae (underarms), feet and hands without a discernible trigger. On its own, excessive sweating is not a dangerous medical condition. The actual excessive sweating may not pose a medical threat to a patient’s wellbeing, but it can certainly undermine an individual’s self-confidence and comfort.
This condition can be segregated into two types – primary hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis. While the latter is usually attributed to other underlying health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, or anxiety disorder, the causes behind primary hyperhidrosis remain a mystery.
Fortunately, studies have shown that neurotoxins like BOTOX® and Dysport® can be used to help those who are affected by excessive sweating. While this injectable is commonly associated with smoothing wrinkles and fine lines, injectable neurotoxins have found a new use as a non-invasive treatment option for patients with hyperhidrosis.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes hyperhidrosis?
The causes behind primary hyperhidrosis are not known. Secondary hyperhidrosis is usually attributed to other underlying health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, or anxiety disorder.
Does treating hyperhidrosis with BOTOX® injections hurt?
Injections in the hands and feet can be uncomfortable; therefore, a topical numbing cream will be applied to the areas being treated and left on the skin for approximately one hour. This will help to diminish discomfort of the injections of BOTOX®. Treatment of the axillae is well-tolerated with the use of ice packs before the procedure, but pain can vary from patient to patient.
How much does a hyperhidrosis treatment cost?
Pricing for treatment of hyperhidrosis using neurotoxins begins at $400 with an injection fee of $150. Please contact ICLS to find out if BOTOX® or Dysport® would work for you.