PS from the PA – February 2023

Hamilton DermatologyNews

We all know and love toxins as a treatment for our fine lines and wrinkles, but did you know that these products can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating? Sweating is a natural bodily function to prevent overheating, however, those with hyperhidrosis tend to have overactive sweat glands and sweat at inappropriate times. Common areas affected are the palms, feet, underarms, and head.

Toxins have been used as a treatment for hyperhidrosis for over a decade. The toxin temporarily blocks a chemical in the body that stimulates sweating. Patients typically notice an improvement in symptoms about 5 days after treatment, lasting for around 6 months. It takes a full vial of either Botox or Dysport to treat the underarms.

This treatment can be quickly administered during an office visit. During the appointment, topical numbing cream is applied for patient comfort. A series of small injections are placed in the treatment area with a very fine needle. Patients should avoid touching, rubbing or applying anything on the treated area for 4 hours to prevent infection and spreading of the medicine. It is also recommended to avoid strenuous exercise and sauna use for 24 hours after the procedure. Some mild bruising may occur at the injection sites, but the procedure is typically well tolerated. Our office provides this as a cosmetic treatment and the service is not billed to insurance. We are offering a special for underarm Dysport in February for $800, regularly $1000.

Madison Hamilton, MMS, PA-C

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