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Treatments for Hyperhydrosis (Excessive Sweating)

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What Is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a common disorder which produces a lot of unhappiness. An estimated 2-3% of Americans suffer from excessive sweating of the underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis) or of the palms and soles of the feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis). Underarm problems tend to start in late adolescence, while palm and sole sweating often begins earlier, around the age 13 (on the average). Untreated, these problems may continue throughout life.

Sweating is embarrassing, it stains clothes, ruins romance, and complicates business and social interactions. Severe cases can have serious practical consequences as well, making it hard for people who suffer from it to hold a pen, grip a car steering wheel, or shake hands

 

What Is the cause of Hyperhidrosis?

Although neurologic, metabolic, and other systemic diseases can sometimes cause hyperhidrosis, most cases occur in people who are otherwise healthy. Heat and emotions may trigger hyperhidrosis in some, but many who suffer from hyperhidrosis sweat nearly all their waking hours, regardless of their mood or the weather.

Sweat gland removal or destruction is one surgical option available for axillary hyperhydrosis. There are multiple methods for sweat gland removal or destruction such as sweat gland suction, retrodermal currettage, and axillary liposuction, Vaser, or Laser Sweat Ablation. Sweat gland suction is a technique adapted for liposuction.

Westside Head & Neck offers a minimally invasive sweat gland ablation procedure using Precision TX, as well as hypderhidrosis treatments using Botox injections.  Botox injections are relatively inexpensive, quick and painless procedures.  They are, however, temporary treatments for hyperhidrosis and must be done on a regular basis.  Precision TX™ not only gives patients long term relief from excessive sweating, but the procedure is also easily tolerated under local anesthesia with no downtime, minimal discomfort, and no side effects.  Precision TX sweat glad ablation is the most minimally invasive long-term treatment for hypderhidrosis.

 

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Sweat Glad Ablation Treatment with Precision TX™.

PrecisionTx is a one-time procedure for sweat gland ablation for patients who are bothered by underarm sweating. PrecisionTx treatments are
minimally invasive and can be done in-office. These one-time, one-hour procedures make PrecisionTx ideal for patients who are seeking the best possible results with the least amount of downtime.

How Does Precision TX™ Work?

The unique Precision TX™ device targets the sweat glands in the underarm area and uses focused laser energy to ablate their function. This innovative and minimally-invasive treatment is the latest application for the Sidelaze800™ bi-directional laser (created by Cynosure®, the makers of Cellulaze™ and SmartLipo™).

Read this White Paper:  Treatment of sweat glands associated with excessive sweating with unique targeted laser energy through SideLaze800TM delivery system

 

BOTOX® Injections for Hyperhidrosis

BOTOX® (onbotulinumtoxinA) is injected into the skin to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis) when medicines used on the skin (topical) do not work well enough in people 18 years and older.

During the procedure at the doctor’s office, a small amount of BOTOX® is injected into the affected underarm area through a very fine needle. In a short appointment with your doctor, about 15 injections are made to the underarm area.   The actual procedure takes about 10 to 15 minutes and lasts up to 201 days or 6.7 months.  You should notice a significant reduction in underarm sweating within 4 weeks of your first treatment. If you do not see a significant reduction in sweating, you should contact your healthcare provider and request a follow-up consultation.

Keep in mind that BOTOX® treatment is not appropriate for all sufferers. You and your doctor will make the determination if it’s right for you.