Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) treatments

Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by abnormally increased sweating, in excess of that required for regulation of body temperature. It has been estimated to affect 2.8% of the population of the United States, and equally affects men and women. Hyperhidrosis can have devastating emotional effects and can cause significant reduction in quality of life. Common areas of hyperhidrosis are the underarms, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. Medications have been developed to help control this condition, such as aluminum chloride in antiperspirants. Higher concentration solutions have also been used for hyperhidrosis and may be prescribed by one’s primary care physician. Side effects such as skin irritation can limit their use for some people, and some people have inadequate response to these treatments.

Blue Haven Medical Spa currently offers treatment for hyperhidrosis with Botox injections.   Before the treatment is performed, a starch-iodine test is done to determine the location of the sweat glands. This painless test allows us to treat only the areas producing the excessive sweat.

Botox injections are FDA approved to stop sweating in the underarms. Botox works by blocking the nerve signal to the sweat glands, which “turns off” the sweat production. Patients experience an average of 82-87% reduction in sweating using this therapy. The effect lasts an average of 6.7 months, although individual results vary. Botox may be used in the underarms, palms, or feet. The cost of Botox injections for hyperhidrosis is $1,100.

 

Frequently asked questions:

Is it dangerous or unhealthy to inhibit sweat glands when I need them for body cooling and excretion? No. Sweat glands in the underarms make up less than 2% of your body’s sweat glands and treatment would not have any significant effect on normal cooling ability.

How painful are the treatments? Botox injections in the underarms are only mildly uncomfortable. The use of ice packs helps significantly.