Anti-Sweat Injections

  • Best Results8 days
  • Treatment Recovery0 days
  • Procedure Time90 seconds
  • Skin SpecialistDavin Lim
  • Duration of Results4-8 months
  • AnaestheticNot required
  • Back to WorkImmediately
  • Cost$-$$ Medicare

Anti-Sweat Injections

Axillary hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating of the armpits can be effectively treated with injections. Treatments are quick, well-tolerated and last up to 8 months. Patients who have failed treatments such as clinical antiperspirants may be entitled to a Medicare claim. This procedure has a proven safety record of over 20 years. The Medicare rebate has made this an affordable & effective method to treat underarm sweating.

FactsFacts on Excessive Underarm Sweating

  • This is the treatment of choice for axillary hyperhidrosis failing antiperspirants
  • Treatment takes less than 2 minutes to perform (I am quick)
  • Injections last for 6-8 months in most
  • It is successful in over 96% of patients
  • This treatment is approved for excessive underarm sweating in Australia
  • A Medicare rebate applies if the treatment is performed by dermatologists
  • It takes 7-10 days for maximal effect

How do anti-sweat injections work?

This treatment helps control the symptoms of severe underarm sweating. It works by blocking the chemical signals from nerves that stimulate sweat production. When the signal stops, so does the sweating. This treatment lasts between 6-8 months & only targets the sweat glands in the injected areas.

How good is it?

If you are a seriously epic sweater, this is probably the best thing you will do in your life. Most patients will start to notice a reduction in sweating within 8 -14 days of treatment. Remember- it takes time before the nerves to the sweat glands are blocked, so be patient. Injections for armpit sweating are very effective. It works well in over 96% of patients.

How long does the goodness last?

The improvement in axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive armpit sweating) lasts between 6-8 months on average. I have seen 2 to 24 months and everything in between. The international average is 6.2 months, Medicare pins the average as 4 months as you are entitled upto 3 treatments per annum.

First time users will probably get 4 months typically pushing up to 6 to 8 with subsequent sessions.

How do you know if this is the right treatment for you?

Consider this treatment if you have severe sweating involving the underarm areas. How would you know? Here are some questions to ask yourself. If you suffer true hyperhidrosis, the answer is inevitably yes.

1.Are you self-conscious about sweating?

2.Does sweating limit what you wear?

3. Are you conscious about lifting your hands up?

4. Is it true that normal antiperspirants simply don’t work?

What is the cost for this treatment?

At the time of writing, your out-of-pocket ranges from $160 to $590 at most. The lower figure is quoted if you have reached your Medicare threshold. The higher figure is quoted if you have Medicare & a valid referral. If you are not a Medicare card holder, or do not have a referral, the cost for this procedure is $1550.

Breaking it down, your injection cost less than a cup of coffee to remain sweat free. Not to persuade you to action this treatment, however you will save a sh*t load of money with dry cleaning or throwing away stained clothing. The flipside is that you will probably end up spending a lot more on a new wardrobe. Yes, I do realize that severe sweaters will only wear dark colours. You will have the freedom of buying colours after this treatment.

Davin’s Viewpoint - Anti-sweat injections

Injections for excessive sweating have revolutionized treatment for this condition. Without prejudice to our healthcare system, it has taken Medicare the greater part of a decade to approve this treatment. The impact of the true hyperhidrosis patient cannot be dismissed or underestimated, as this medical treatment can be life changing. Patients can wear what they want, when they want, it can change social behaviour, & add an immense amount of confidence and well-being to the patient.

The Medicare ruling remains. You must attempt a clinical grade antiperspirant with a high strength of aluminium chloride before I inject. For those that fail to respond to anti-perspirant, this treatment is well worth it.

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