Botox for Hyperhidrosis
Botox is an FDA-approved treatment for hyperhidrosis: excessive perspiration of the underarms. Botox can also be used “off-label” to treat excessive sweating of the face, hands, feet, and other areas.
How Does It Work?
Typically, injections are made about 1 centimeter apart over the affected area. Although most find this process to be only mildly painful, others may require a mild topical numbing agent. A very fine needle is used to inject the Botox just below the skin’s surface, which works by suppressing the chemical responsible for activating the sweat glands. Results are typically seen within 2 weeks of treatment, and may be seen as early as 2 days after treatment. Results usually last between 4 and 12 months.
Is Botox Right For Me?
If prescription antiperspirants have not been effective in treating excessive underarm sweating, or if you experience hyperhidrosis in areas other than the underarms such as the face, hands, and feet, then Botox may be right for you.
Will My Insurance Cover Botox Treatments?
Your insurance provider may cover Botox for hyperhidrosis of the underarms, but prior authorization is usually required. We will work with your insurance provider in an attempt to secure your coverage. For other treatment areas, Botox will not be covered, as it is considered an “off-label” treatment. The manufacturer of Botox, Allergan, offers a savings card to help cover any out-of-pocket costs associated with Botox for hyperhidrosis.