i am a 16 year old girl who suffers from excessive armpit sweating i sweat to the point were it will soak my shirt all the way down my side and drip down my arms even when i am cold i sweat it is litterally ruining my life. but i fear that my parents wont be able to pay for the teatment or surgery. how much dose treatment or surgery usually cost? and dose insurance pay for it?
How Much Does Surgery Cost for Hyperhidrosis? (photo)
Doctor Answers (11)
Axillary shaving - $5000+; consider miraDry - less invasive and less expensive
Axillary shaving is a procedure where the surgeon goes into the armpit and manually destroys the sweat glands. This procedure costs ~$5000 plus operating room and anesthesia time.
MiraDry is a noninvasive procedure that is done in the office. It destroys sweat glands using microwave technology. Patients typically have a 60% reduction with the first treatment and a >90% reduction after the second treatment. The cost of miraDry, which includes two treatments, is ~$3000. miraDry is going to be a game-changer in the field of axillary hyperhidrosis.
You should consider using Celllulaze for permanent treatment
i am using the Cellulaze laser by Cynosure for off label use. it takes about 30 minutes in the office under local. there are 1-2 three mm incisions per side. it may significantly decreasing or stop almost all the sweating with one treatment. it may last years or could be permanent (we don't know that yet).
i have been very pleased with my results to date.
david berman md
board certified plastic surgeon
Treatment Cost for Hyperhidrosis
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