Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis) can be annoying and embarrassing, but there are several treatments which can help – including over the counter or prescription antiperspirants, or botulinum toxin injections. Other options include oral anticholinergics, or iontophoresis (safely uses electricity to pass medication or water through the skin). Surgery may be recommended in some cases.
Patients who have had no success with antiperspirants such as Driclor are entitled to a Medicare rebate for botulinum toxin injections. If you are deemed eligible by one of our expert dermatologists, the current out of pocket fee for the procedure is approximately $150.
On your first visit to Q Dermatology, your condition will of course be assessed to exclude any underlying medical problems.
You may wish to seek treatment if:
Your appointment is approximately 15 minutes. Ice packs are usually applied prior to your procedure, to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible. The injections are quickly performed, and you can return to normal activities straight away.
Our patients find the treatment begins working in the first week and can last up to six months. Medicare will assist in covering most of the cost of treatment up to three times a year, if you qualify (see below).
The first step is an appointment with a qualified dermatologist who can determine if you meet the Medicare criteria. This is to ensure that there’s no other medical problem causing the sweating, the sweating is severe enough, and that treatment with Driclor (aluminium chloride) has not been successful. Although Driclor is considered the strongest non-prescription antiperspirant available, it unfortunately does not work for everyone. Indeed, in many cases it can cause irritant reactions.
The Medicare rebate is only available to patients treated by accredited dermatologists with the qualification FACD. This means your out of pocket costs are significantly less than at cosmetic clinics offering the procedure.