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Treatment of Menopausal Hot Flushes

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A recent study has demonstrated the use of anti-wrinkle injections can be effective in reducing the severity of menopausal hot flushes.

How do anti-wrinkle injections work in this condition?

The exact mechanism is not known and is thought to be similar to that as occurs in the treatment of hyperhidrosis. It results in the prevention of flushing and excessive sweating.

What does the treatment involve?

The areas affected by hot flushes can be extreme and extensive. However, treatment is limited to areas of the face; posterior head; neck and upper chest only.

Multiple minute amounts of solution are injected into the treatment areas. You may feel stinging during the procedure. This can be minimised by ‘icing’ the treatment area for 5 minutes prior to injection.

There is no or virtually no discomfort after treatment.

You may get some pin-point bruising after treatment, which resolves in a few days.

You can resume normal activities after treatment.

How soon after treatment do hot flushes reduce?

You may notice an initial reduction in symptoms after 4-5 days; but full effect of the treatment will not occur until around 14 days after treatment.

How long does the treatment last?

It is effective for 3-6 months. Most patients’ symptoms have returned to pre treatment levels after 6 months; although symptoms seemed to be less severe. Subsequent treatment can occur at this time.

How much does the treatment cost?

The cost for complete treatment is $1,300 +GST (Total cost $1,430)

There is no Medicare rebate for this treatment.