Excessive sweating, medically known as hyperhidrosis, is a condition where the body sweats more than necessary for cooling. While sweating is a normal response to heat or exercise, hyperhidrosis sufferers sweat excessively even in cool, non-stressful conditions. This condition can affect specific body parts, such as the underarms, palms, soles of the feet, or can be generalised across the body. It is important to understand that hyperhidrosis is a medical condition and not just a cosmetic concern, affecting daily activities and quality of life.
Excessive Sweating: Overview and General Information
Surgical Procedure for Excessive Sweating
What is the Surgical Procedure?
Surgical intervention for hyperhidrosis can be performed with VASER technology. This minimally invasive procedure aims to disrupt the nerve signals responsible for excessive sweating.
Who is it for?
Surgery is often considered when other treatments have failed. It’s most suitable for those with severe hyperhidrosis, particularly affecting the underarms.
Performed under sedation, the surgery involves making small incisions to access and interrupt the sympathetic nerves. It’s typically an outpatient procedure with quick recovery times.
Most patients experience a significant reduction in sweating within a couple of weeks. However, in some cases, patients might develop compensatory sweating in other body parts.
What to Expect
Post-surgery, you can expect minimal scarring and a brief recovery period. It’s crucial to follow post-operative care instructions for optimal healing.
Non-Surgical Procedure for Excessive Sweating
What is the Non-Surgical Procedure?
Non-surgical treatments include injectable treatments, which is a less invasive option compared to surgery.
Who is it for?
This method is suitable for individuals with mild to moderate hyperhidrosis and those who prefer a less invasive approach.
A series of injections are performed which temporarily block the nerve that triggers the sweat gland. This treatment usually takes up to 30 minutes. There is virtually no downtime following the procedure, although it’s not unusual to experience mild tenderness and, in some cases, light bruising in the injected areas.
Results vary between patients with typical results lasting from three to 12 months.
What to Expect
Non-surgical treatments typically require ongoing application or repeated sessions for sustained results.
Expected Results and Maintaining Results
Both surgical and non-surgical treatments, are likely to significantly reduce sweat production. While surgery offers a more permanent solution, non-surgical treatments are still effective options. However, repeat treatments will be required to maintain results.
Frequently Asked Questions
While often not linked to serious health problems, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional to rule out underlying conditions.
Yes, wearing breathable fabrics, maintaining a cool environment, and stress management can help.
Side effects depend on the treatment type, any possible side effects will be discussed at your initial consultation.
Consultation with an experienced physician is essential to determine the most suitable treatment based on your condition’s severity and lifestyle.
With over 20 years of experience, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands with us. For more information on both surgical and non-surgical options for Hyperhidrosis and to assess which option is best for you, contact us to arrange an appointment.
Dr. Glenn Murray (AHPRA Registration MED0001196978) Registered Medical Practitioner. General disclaimer: Patient outcomes can vary due to factors such as... genetics, diet, age, exercise, lifestyle, weight, and overall health. It’s essential to understand that all invasive surgeries come with inherent risks and require a recovery period and specific care regimen. Detailed information regarding surgical risks and complications is available here, but it is advisable to conduct thorough research and obtain a second opinion to ensure you are able to make an informed decision. Please note that the information provided is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice or establish a doctor-patient relationship. For real patient images, please visit our Before and After page. Please be advised that surgical outcomes vary, from patient to patient, and comprehensive research is crucial before making any decisions. This website contains imagery which is only suitable for audiences 18+.