Options for hyperhidrosis
Thank you for your question. If you are referring to hyperhidrosis of the axillae, or underarms, the best options are Botox injections, which last for approximately 4-6 months and need to be repeated several times a year, or the MiraDry, which is a more permanent solution. Once in awhile, patients can get the Botox covered by insurance, but that would have to be discussed with your physician and your insurance company.
The MiraDry uses microwave technology to permanently reduce sweating and also has the great side effect of getting rid of the hair in the armpits! Seek a board certified dermatologist near you that has a MiraDry and offers Botox, and discuss your concerns with them. Best of luck!
Improving hyperhidrosis with Botox - NEW METHOD!
This is treated with either Botox, Infini, or Miradry for underarm sweating. The ingrown hairs are treated with laser hair removal. Please see the link below because it shows a novel way to get Botox for this problem that is very quick and easy to tolerate.
How do I treat hyperhidrosis? How to get rid of shaving irritation/bumps/ingrown hair?
well if we are talking about axillary hyperhidrosis or armpit sweating we have a number of options. There is a gradient of treatments from mild to more significant. You may have already tried over the counter medicines or creams to dry up the areas but the patients that come to me are usually so badly affected that these medications are relatively ineffective.
Probably the easiest route now is utilisation of botulinum toxin or Botox to 'pull the plug'; that is to say to remove the ability of the nerves that make the sweat glands sweat from actually working; this process with Botox takes around 3 -7 days to take effect. One has to use a pattern of injections of the Botox into the skin to make sure no areas are left. The effect only last about 4 months but can be very good and relatively simple.
There are of course a number of more aggressive and more long lasting techniques including liposuction under the skin of the armpit, damaging the sweat glands with laser (still a surgical procedure as you have to go into the undersurface of the skin by opening it surgically to gain access to the sweat glands) and finally an operative procedure called the Skoog technique where again the skin is lifted and the sweat glands manually shaved off the undersurface of the skin. The latter procedure will produce more permanent results and can also remove hair follicles for a less hairy armpit skin area.