Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
If you sweat more excessively than most people, you may have the condition Hyperhydrosis- which is simply over-active sweat glands.
Stop Excessive Perspiration / Sweating
It's unflattering and embarrassing to be constantly sweating more than everyone else. Aggravating underarm sweating leaves patches on your clothes. (Sweaty armpits aren't the impression you want people to remember you for.)
Stop Excessive Underarm Sweating
You don't have to endure Hyperhydrosis any longer, there are many options in treating excessive sweating: Antiperspirants, Botox Injections, Oral Medications, & Surgical Options, one of them will be the right fit for your needs and change your life.
With Our Sweating Treatments You'll Get
- Renewed Confidence
- Control Over Your Sweating
- Peace of Mind That your Getting the Best Care by the Best Doctor
The Best Doctor to Treat Underarm Sweating
Dr. Charles Crutchfield is one of the top doctors in Minnesota when it comes to cosmetic dermatology. Voted Top Doc by Mpls St. Paul Magazine for 7 years in a row! He specializes in the treatment of hyperhidrosis under the arms.
Utilizing a variety of medical interventions including topical medications, oral medications, and inject able Botox. We are confident that Dr. Crutchfield can successfully treat your underarm hyperhidrosis and restore your confidence.
Hyperhidrosis and Antiperspirant Treatments: A Discussion With Dr. Crutchfield
It's important to distinguish between antiperspirants and deodorants.
Deodorants are fragranced preparations that will mask odor.
Antiperspirants actually will reduce and/or eliminate perspiration. The active ingredient is aluminum chloride, whose exact mechanism is incompletely understood. It does form small plugs in the pores to help block perspiration production. It tends to be very effective, especially at higher concentrations. Anything stronger than 12% aluminum chloride is considered prescription strength and you need a physician's prescription to obtain it. The disadvantage at higher concentrations is that it is difficult to get aluminum chloride into solution so it usually comes dissolved in alcohol, which can be extremely irritating and drying to the skin.
I like the water-based preparations of 12% aluminum chloride applied twice daily. They tend to work very, very well. There are lots of new preparations on the market that are over-the-counter with 12% aluminum chloride in moisturizing and/or water vehicles that work well. One of the advantages for antiperspirants is they can be used anywhere that perspiration occurs. That includes hands, feet, underarms, forehead, and any other areas where perspiration is a concern. The disadvantage is it can be slightly labor intensive to apply twice daily, and there are some unsubstantiated health concerns about aluminum chloride but not enough that I would dissuade any patients from using it.
Botox Injections to Treat Sweating
We've used both Botox and Dysport with great success to treat cases of excessive sweating. They work on the nerves that cause the perspiration glands to secrete sweat.
How Long Will The Injections Lasts?
Usually these injections can last three to four months, and I have had several patients who come in three times a year for their treatment and they say that it is absolutely life changing. It's been one of the biggest medical advances in medicine with respect to hyperhidrosis since the invention of antiperspirants.
Does It Hurt?
The disadvantage is they are slightly painful and involve multiple injections, and there are certain sites that are very difficult to treat.
Can They Be Used Everywhere I Sweat?
Botox and Dysport injections work extraordinarily well under arms. It's a lot trickier to treat the hands and feet and almost impossible to treat other areas. Additionally, injections in the hands and feet are so painful, you need set up a nerve block so when you do the injections it is more comfortable. However, because it also affects muscles, one of the side effects is that it can cause weakness of the hands and feet. This is generally something that I don't recommend and only use it as near last resort. I have had some patients who have hyperhidrosis of their nose when they eat spicy foods, and we've treated gently with Botox/Dysport injections, and that has worked well. The advantage is that it is becoming more and more accepted and many insurances are covering it. Once again, the disadvantage is that not all insurances cover it and the treatment can cost upwards of $1000.
Oral Medications to Treat Sweating
The one that I use is Robinul. This medication can work extremely well, it has a good safety record, and it's been around for many years. The advantage is it works everywhere, so if the hyperhidrosis is involved on the scalp or back, it tends to work well there too. The disadvantage is sometimes it can make patients a little bit sleepy or give them a feeling of a dry mouth. The other advantage is that the tablets are scored, so if patients are getting sleepy or dry mouth, I have them take half a tablet. For larger patients, I might have them take a tablet and a half, depending on their response. But for the most part, this is a great starting point and patients tend to tolerate it very well.
Surgical Options to Stop Sweating
Sometimes when the hyperhidrosis is so profound and all the other discussed mechanisms don't work, surgical intervention has been used with success. Oftentimes the nerve that enervates the sweat glands, especially of the hands and feet, is severed causing reduction or elimination of perspiration in those areas. Many people have extraordinarily profound hyperhidrosis where they actually have to buy new shoes every month or so because the perspiration is degrading their shoes.
Sweating Treatments Summary
In summary, my initial approach to hyperhidrosis is to use a 12% aluminum chloride preparation twice daily to the affected areas with Robinul. If that doesn't work and the areas are amenable to treatment, then Botox/Dysport injections are indicated and they tend to work well. If that doesn't work, then I refer them to a thoracic surgeon for surgical options.
If you have additional questions, feel free to schedule a consultation and we can discuss all options.
About Dr. Crutchfield
Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. is the Twin Cities' leading and most experienced BOTOX® Cosmetic provider, having performed thousands of treatments. Dr. Crutchfield is a graduate of the Mayo Clinic Medical School and is a Board Certified Dermatologist. He has been selected as "Top Doctor" by Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine. Dr. Crutchfield performs all consultations and BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments personally. This is the premium level service you deserve and get at Crutchfield Dermatology. After all, we want you to "Look Good and Feel Great, with Beautiful Skin". Below are photographs and videos of patients that Dr. Crutchfield has treated, along with additional helpful information on BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments.
Patient TestimonialsI am 45 years old and had put a lot of thought into starting botox treatment. However, I didn't want to undergo a change to my natural facial expressions and was somewhat fearful of the procedure and possible side effects. After researching botox treatment, I made an appointment to see Dr. Crutchfield. During my initial appointment, Dr. Crutchfield and his nurse were very informative and answered all of my questions. I did not feel pressured to go through with treatment for my facial lines but did feel extremely comfortable. I have been very pleased with the results. The change was subtle yet extraordinary and was exactly what I had hoped to achieve. I would recommend Dr. Crutchfield's expertise to anybody who may ask what I've done to improve the reflection I see in my mirror.
WONDERFUL experience!!!!!! Review of Crutchfield Dermatology by jazzrae The staff was wonderful and Dr. Crutchfield is just lovely! I saw him for some cosmetic work- botox and restylane for an all over syringe-based face lift. He was very courteous and very good with the needle and my pain was minimal. I've had no bruising and very little swelling and the results are AWESOME! I really think that his talent with the needle is why my recovery is such a piece of cake. I look like I aged backwards ten years! He gave me a fair quote and offered a discount if I chose to have the work done that day. I did. While having the work done he felt he underestimated how much I really needed in the way of Restylane and gave me more for free. All in all, I saved money and got amazing work for it! I'm just giddy about it! I received a gift of champagne, Godiva chocolates, and a free Javani facial. I have to say that Dr. Crutchfield is indeed the Nordstrom's of dermatology--- or maybe even the Tiffany's! I'm hooked for certain!:) Pros: Awesome Results/Awesome Customer Service Cons: A bit of a drive from Mpls but near MOA-shop on the way:)
I'm 45 years old and had been thinking about doing Botox for quite some time, and I just decided to go in for a consultation. I didn't feel any pressure whatsoever to go through with it, but after talking it over with the doctor and nurse I felt very comfortable and went ahead with it. I was very pleased with the outcome. It was a subtle yet not-so-subtle change. It was perfect. It was everything I was hoping for.
Dear Dr. Crutchfield,
I can not thank you enough for all of the hard work and time you devoted last week to making me look better! I really appreciate everything that you have done. You have made me feel like "25" again - (I wish)!
I look forward to the next appointment. Many, many thanks, again!
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