Profuse underarm sweating is a cause of much embarrassment and inconvenience. Fortunately a simple non-surgical treatment is available.
WHAT IS HYPERHIDROSIS?
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for sweating in excess of what would normally be expected. It affects up to 3% of the population and can affect both males and females. The highest prevalence is among adults aged 18 to 54 years old.
WHERE DOES IT OCCUR?
Sweat is produced by glands in the dermis layer of the skin and helps control body temperature by evaporating to keep the skin cool. Sweating normally increases with various factors such as higher environmental temperatures, exercise or stress.
Uncontrolled sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can occur in various parts of the body but especially the underarms, hands and feet. There is often a hereditary element to those who have hyperhidrosis.
WHAT PROBLEMS DOES IT CAUSE?
Excessive sweating can not only make people feel uncomfortable but it can also be a source of great embarrassment. It can result in the need for multiple changes of clothing, avoidance of certain clothing such as white shirts, the need for frequent showers and much higher laundry and dry cleaning costs.
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
The most popular longer term treatment option for excess underarm sweating is the use of a series of tiny microinjections of a solution that blocks the sweat glands from producing sweat.
The same product used to treat wrinkles is also used for hyperhidrosis. The product works by reducing the activity of the sweat glands by stopping the nerve transmission to the glands.
This simple non-surgical solution helps people sweat at a normal rate for approximately 8 months. Sweating gradually returns after this time at which stage the procedure can be repeated. The procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes and there is no downtime with people able to return to their normal daily activities straightaway.
WHAT ABOUT SURGERY?
Surgical options are also available for those who suffer hyperhidrosis. This can include liposuction which is specifically designed to disrupt the nerves that control the sweat glands. However, whilst this can have an excellent initial result, the level of recurrent hyperhidrosis is unpredictable.
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