Therapeutic Botox

More than just a cosmetic drug, Botox is proven to help with medical ailments. Schedule an appointment with us to see if these treatments are right for you.

Treatment of Hyperhidrosis with BOTOX® (Excessive sweating)

Hyperhidrosis is a troublesome problem that results in awkward social situations for those that are affected. For example, salesmen with sweaty palms are at a distinct disadvantage. Unfortunately, topical and oral medications, iontophoresis, and surgery have not proven to be efficacious in the majority of patients. By blocking the release of acetylcholine, which activates the sweat glands, Botox® injections can relieve excessive sweating, a life-altering procedure for those suffering from the embarrassing ailment. Previous treatments for excessive underarm perspiration — which is known as axillary hyperhidrosis—were often ineffective and short-acting, or were associated with significant risks. Studies have shown that 80 to 95% of patients respond to one treatment session (Naumann 2001; Lowe 2003; Naumann 2003). Along with a decrease in perspiration, injections can improve quality of life and decrease body odour for up to 7 months. A long-term study has shown that side effects are minimal and repeated injections over 16 months are safe and efficacious, with 50% or greater reduction in sweating seen in 96% of patients after the first treatment(Naumann 2003). Because the eccrine glands are innervated by sympathetic nerves that use acetylcholine as the neurotransmitter, BOTOX® is effective in temporarily reducing or abolishing sweat production in treated areas. Although hyperhidrosis is generally not considered a cosmetic problem, many patients will present to the cosmetic dermatologist for treatment of this embarrassing disorder.

Some third party insurance plans may cover the cost of the medication, however the injection costs are not a covered benefit.  Dr. Rheault can assist patients with their insurance needs.

What about BOTOX® for Migraine Help?

Therapeutic Botox received FDA approval for treatment of chronic migraines in 2010 and is effective in treating this form of headache. After a detailed medical history and examination, Dr. Rheault will discuss with you in detail how this therapeutic option could benefit you and allow you to regain control of your headaches.

Some third party insurance plans may cover the cost of the medication, however the injection costs are not a covered benefit.  Dr. Rheault can assist patients with their insurance needs.