Southern California is going through a heat wave and with that comes sweat – and lots of it. Usually, our body odor and wetness can be controlled with a simple swipe of antiperspirant. But for people with hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating, this isn’t the case. Hyperhidrosis is a condition where the body is constantly producing excessive sweat when the body would normally not respond in a nervous state. The most common areas affected are the underarms, back, and feet. We offer a few treatments at our office that help the sweating greatly subside so you won’t have to worry about the wet.
Treatment #1: Botox
I know what you’re thinking, “Botox is for wrinkles”. Well actually, it’s a multi-use toxin that can paralyze those pesky, overactive sweat glands. It’s also FDA approved for the specific treatment application of excessive sweat. As if we needed another reason to love Botox. 😉
How it Works: The neurotoxin in Botox gets injected into the glands of the treatment area. For under the arms, patients usually receive about 50 injections per side. So 100 units of botox total. The area is topically numbed with a cream before treatment for comfort.
How Long it lasts: 3-6 months, depending on metabolism and other biologic factors.
How Much Does it Cost: We charge $15 dollars a unit. For a typical treatment of 100 units of Botox, the cost is $1,500. (*20% off with a nurse injector)
This treatment is great for those who are going back to school. Students are covered for a few sweat-free months. Or if you simply want to keep your sweating under control for an important season such as a wedding or the summertime.
Treatment #2: ThermiDry Radiofrequency
This treatment involves heat, a camera, and a little probe. It’s a device that uses thermal energy to change skin conditions. This treatment is commonly used for skin tightening but also works magic on sweat glands by destroying them with heat.
How it Works: The area is injected with a pain-numbing agent to avoid discomfort during treatment. Then the probe is inserted into the area and heats up to a safe but optimal temperature to kill the sweat glands as it moves around the marked area. The camera is used to detect the temperature and location of thermal radiofrequency.
How Long it lasts: It’s a permanent treatment for hyperhidrosis and patients usually see their sweat reduction immediately after application.
How Much Does it Cost: Around $4,000.
ThemiDry works wonders if you’re plagued by hyperhidrosis and want a permanent solution. It’s one treatment result makes it worth the cost.
If you’re interested in either of these treatments, call our office at 858-453-7224 to schedule an appointment.