Treatment of Excess Underarm Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Is underarm sweating/perspiration significantly interfering with your daily activities, or damaging your clothing? If topical agents haven't worked, you may be a candidate for treatment with a muscle relaxant injection*. It is important to see a dermatologist to discuss products and all treatment options.
The muscle relaxant is the same product used for facial cosmetic procedures, but in the treatment of hyperhidrosis perspiration it works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, which activates the sweat glands. The effects of the treatment are usually apparent within a week of treatment and generally control excess perspiration for up to nine months.
Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) is a chronic disorder that can affect any body part, including the underarms, the palms, the soles of the feet, and the face. Management of excess hand and foot perspiration is less successful, painful and more expensive. Our dermatologists may discuss other treatment options for these problems.
Now available with a Medicare rebate
The Australian Government Department of Human Services and Medicare have recently announced a rebate scheme for people suffering from severe axillary hyperhidrosis. This rebate is only applicable if the treatment is carried out by a department approved Dermatologist using a muscle relaxant injection*.
Dr Philip Bekhor was one of the first dermatologists in Melbourne to receive approval to treat patients with severe axillary hyperhidrosis under this special scheme.
As well as a Medicare rebate for the treatment, the government has also undertaken to fully cover the cost of the medication required. This means that suitable patients will be entitled to treatment at an out of pocket cost of $390 (previously $1000).
If you have severe underarm sweating you may be eligible. For more information please phone 9890 1844 and ask for a “Hyperhidrosis consultation”.
miraDry® - Now installed at Laser Dermatology
miraDry® is a clinically proven, FDA and TGA approved solution for significantly reducing underarm sweat. It’s an outpatient procedure performed in your dematologist's office, and it doesn’t involve any surgical incisions or cuts. miraDry® works by delivering precisely controlled electromagnetic energy to the underarm area, eliminating the underarm sweat glands.
One or two procedures are typically recommended, 3 months apart, to maximize the quality and duration of results. Each appointment generally lasts about an hour.
miraDry® is the only procedure that provides a lasting reduction of underarm sweat in a completely non-invasive way.
As with most new technology, miraDry is not covered by Medicare. Similarly, as the procedure is performed in the Doctors office, private health insurance unfortunately doesn't apply.
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