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 flying off the shelf

Don’t let that excess sweating ruin your nice summer frock.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon just loves Botox for excessive sweating.

It is finally, maybe, hopefully summer in Seattle and my plastic surgery office is rockin’ with the demand for underarm Botox injections.  Excess sweating (hyperhidrosis) is a fairly common condition and Botox injections are the treatment of choice for cases that are not controlled with prescription strength antiperspirant.

During the cold months, it’s easy to hide those sweaty pits under sweaters and jackets but come summer, it’s not so easy.

Botox treatment is a quick outpatient procedure with no down time.  The injections smart but within a few minutes the sting is gone and within a few days the excess sweat production is gone.  Bring on those lovely  silk and linen summer blouses, ladies.  And for you gentlemen, get those colorful polo shirts out of your closet.  Forget about the navy blue ones.  You won’t “need” them.

The downside of Botox treatment (the only downside in my opinion) is the cost (Botox is really expensive for the doctor and thus the patient) and the need for repeat treatments (about every six to nine months).

Some patients eventually elect to have a procedure where I remove the sweat glands through a couple of small incisions in the axilla but most of my hyperhidrosis patients include their Botox injections when planning their budget.  What Botox cost will save you bundle in clothing and dry cleaning costs and a real bundle in embarrassment.

Let’s do the math.  Underarm Botox:  $1500, lasts 6 months, costs about $8/day.  Dry arm pits:  Priceless.

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

 

Category: Botox, Hyperhidrosis, Non-invasive, Now That's Cool, Plastic Surgery | Tags: , , , , , ,

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