Botox for Hyperhidrosis

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In some people, the body’s mechanism for cooling itself is overactive — so overactive that they may sweat four or five times more than is necessary, or normal.

What is Hyperhidrosis?

When sweating is this extreme it can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and anxiety-inducing. It can disrupt all aspects of a person’s life. This kind of excessive sweating is called hyperhidrosis and affects approximately 3% of the world’s population.

Treating Hyperhidrosis with Botox

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. The service is performed in our downtown Chicago office and requires relatively little time to perform. Although we do not recommend returning to exercise the same day, there are no restrictions to work or leisure activities. 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 your doctor’s assessment of the area that needs to be treated. To ease any potential discomfort, topical anesthetic is used.

What are the results like?

After you receive treatment, we recommend that you follow-up with your doctor in two weeks. This follow-up is highly useful because it enables us to ‘touch-up’ any sweating areas that may have been missed during the first round of injections and ensure that you are getting the treatment’s full benefit. The cost of Botox treatments for hyperhidrosis will vary depending upon the size of the body area. Botulinum toxin injections do not cure hyperhidrosis; 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.

How do I know if Botox for Hyperhidrosis is right for me?

To diagnose this condition please schedule a consultation with one of our providers for a physical exam. The initial consultation can be billed through insurance. The assessment helps us to diagnose and plan the best treatment option for you. Please note that Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology considers Botulinum toxin for hyperhidrosis a cosmetic service and does not bill treatment through insurance.

Areas treated at CCSD: underarms, palms of hands and hairline

Please note: we also offer the miraDry™ procedure, a permanent, FDA-cleared treatment for underarm sweating, odor and even hair!

Client Reviews

Thank you to the friendly staff at CCSD for always making my visits pleasant and efficient! An even bigger thank you to Dr. Jacob for the phenomenal job she did all but erasing a scar on my face from skin cancer, and the amazing job she always does defying Mother Nature keeping my face looking young and alert!

— Christopher

Dr. Ibrahim is AMAZING. He has such a wonderful “bed side manner” and his experience is multifaceted. I go to him for both regular skin concerns and cosmetic reasons and he has been able to help with every issue I have! He is by far the best dermatologist I have been to and I recommend him 100%!

— Maddy

Loved results..and my daughter had microdermabrasion and beautiful results..they r so professional and very organized..appointment times right on waiting. I would say this is the best place in Chicago..for any needs of the face. They are the experts..

— Rosalina

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