What is Hyperhidrosis?
Many people have to deal with the embarrassing problem of producing excessive sweat. Overactive sweat glands can often cause a person to sweat uncontrollably. When the person cannot control their sweating with conventional deodorants or other methods, he or she may be a good candidate for laser surgery. Laser surgery can target the sweat glands and permanently resolve the issue.
The average person produces 1 ml of sweat in an hour. Others suffer from a condition called hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes a person to produce more sweat than the average person. The condition can worsen for some as they become older. The condition is prevalent in both men and women. People with the condition can produce as much as three times the normal amount in an hour.
Some people experiment with stronger deodorants to manage the condition. Others may wear armpit sweat pads to control the excessive sweating. A person can have botox injections administered or have their sweat glands surgically removed with laser surgery.
How does underarm laser surgery work?
The laser is used to treat the soft tissue and reduce the amount of liquid produced in the sweat glands. The laser removes the sweat glands completely. The sweat glands are removed by a process called vaporization, a process that burns the glands. Once the surgery is performed, the incision site is allowed to properly drain.
What can patients expect with laser surgery?
Patients can expect to have dryer underarms as a result of the procedure. Within days, the person will have completely recovered from the simple procedure. Very few complications are reported by patients who have had the laser surgery. The procedure produces no significant scarring. Patients are instructed to avoid shaving or wearing deodorant for several days. Within six months, the patient can begin to see a noticeable improvement in the amount of sweat produced.
When a patient has experimented with heavy deodorants and has seen no improvement in their underarm sweat problems, the laser surgery may be beneficial. The minimally invasive procedure has been performed on many patients successfully with no complications.