Sweating on a hot day or while working out is expected, but if you find that your underarms become excessively sweaty regardless of your circumstances, you may be suffering from a condition called axillary hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating is more than just uncomfortable or embarrassing, it can make a person avoid social situations or job opportunities, and even stain and ruining clothing. Fortunately, there are safe and effective treatments available to eliminate hyperhidrosis.
Treating Excessive Underarm Sweating with miraDry®
One of the most revolutionary treatments available for hyperhidrosis is a microwave system known as miraDry®, which uses electromagnetic waves to safely and effectively dissolve sweat glands in the armpits. The results are permanent and will eliminate the issue of over-sweating for good. The procedure involves applying a cooling agent to the underarm. The miraDry® device causes only a warming sensation or mild discomfort, which the cooling agent helps reduce.
The procedure can take up to one hour and will typically cause mild swelling, tenderness, and redness in the armpit and upper arm. For full effects, patients may need a series of two to three sessions over a period of months. The procedure is safe and non-invasive, successfully dissolving the targeted sweat glands and leaving the surrounding skin and muscle tissue unharmed.
The human body has roughly two to four million sweat glands that are used to regulate temperature and prevent the risk of over-heating. Removing the few glands that exist in each armpit is not harmful, and the procedure has been FDA approved.
Botox Injections for Hyperhidrosis
An alternative treatment for excessive underarm sweating is Botox injections. Botox is a neuromodulator, which means it blocks the electrical signals that stimulate muscle movement. Botox is most famously used to reduce wrinkles by paralyzing muscle tissue in the face, but can also be used to treat migraines, muscle spasms, and sweating in other areas of the body, as well as the armpits.
By injecting Botox into the sweat glands in the underarms, patients will experience a marked decrease in sweat production for about six months. Botox is a temporary option for alleviating excessive sweat and can be repeated or “touched up” in order to maintain the results. Each session will require injections in each of the armpits with very fine needles to ensure minimal discomfort.
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If you are considering undergoing a non-invasive treatment that will significantly reduce or eliminate sweating, get in touch with dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Ava to learn more about which treatment is right for you. Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, it is crucial to work with a board-certified dermatologist who has extensive experience treating your particular skin concern, such as the expert team at Ava MD in Santa Monica. Our compassionate dermatologists and staff are here to provide the care and treatment you need.
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