Blog — Notes of a Plastic Surgeon

Welcome to my blog. I am a plastic surgeon in Seattle and have been in private practice since 1991. I've seen more than a few interesting faces and cases through my years spent in the exam room, the operating room and the emergency room. And I have an opinion on just about everything relating to plastic surgery (and a lot of unrelated stuff). If you like my blog, let me know. Thanks for reading! Lisa

Botox for Excess Sweating

Seattle Plastic Surgeon and her male patients go through a lot of Botox this time of year.

This time of year Seattle men put away the flannel and fleece and Gortex and some of them make appointments for Botox injections to their armpits.   Excess underarm sweating is fairly easy to conceal in heavy winter clothing but not so easy to conceal once the temperature gets above 65 or so.

Botox injection for excess underarm sweating is one of the most common procedures I do on men.   At first, all of my underarm Botox patients were women but now the word is out to men.  And it’s not just the metrosexuals and hipsters who come in.  It’s guys from every walk of life.

Botox is a miracle treatment for excess sweating but it does have its downsides.  It’s really expensive for me to purchase and I have to pass that expense along to my patients.  Underarm Botox injection is done with 100 units of Botox and costs, gasp, $1500.  And it is an injection which means needles (although they are teeny, tiny needles).  The injection is moderately uncomfortable.  And the real bummer is that Botox does not last forever.  It usually lasts at least 6 months and I have some patients who get relief for a whole year.

For permanent relief, I offer axillary sweat gland excision which involves an outpatient operation in which the sweat glands are scraped away from under the axillary skin using a couple of small incisions and a special curette.  See this page on my website for more information.

Soooo, if you are tired of being Sweaty Eddie, come on in for a consultation and we can discuss your options.

Thanks for reading and Keep Cool and Carry On.  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

 

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