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Excessive Sweating Treatments

Excessive Sweating Treatments

What It Is

Excessive sweating, also referred to as Hyperhidrosis, is a fairly common condition. It refers to abnormally increased sweating and/or perspiration. Your body naturally produces sweat as a way to regulate your internal body temperature. However, then the nerves that control the sweat glands are overly stimulated, it can result in the production of excess sweat. Although Hyperhidrosis is not life threatening nor dangerous, it can impact your self esteem and self-confidence. Many Hyperhidrosis patients attempt to mitigate the side effects by using antiperspirant and deodorant, however these over-the-counter medications simply do not work for the large majority of Hyperhidrosis patients. Hyperhidrosis can affect both genders equally. Although individuals can begin suffering from it at any age, it usually manifests at the time of puberty.

Excessive sweating is the result of overactive sweat glands. This usually indicates a problem with the body’s sympathetic nervous system. The condition can occur as a result of the following:

  • Genetics – hyperhidrosis is often an inherited ailment
  • Underlying medical condition
  • Nervousness or excitement
  • Certain foods and beverages
  • Medications

Treatment Areas

Although the condition can be generalized, it often affects localized areas of the body, such as the hands, feet or underarms. The chest, back, and hands can also respond to treatments effectively, depending on which method is being used.

How It Works

Hyperhidrosis can be embarrassing for those who suffer from it. If left untreated, it can have real social and emotional consequences. The good news is that there is help out there. Effective treatments include and are not limited to:

  • Miradry is the ideal 3-in-1 treatment for underarms that permanently reduces sweat, odor and hair after only 1 treatment
  • Injections of botulinum toxin A (Botox) used to prevent the release of chemicals that signal the activation of sweat glands
  • Topical antiperspirants and solutions containing aluminum chloride hexaydrate, such as Drysol
  • Oral medications such as beta-blockers
  • Surgical procedures to remove sweat glands and interrupt nerve paths

How to Prepare

The easy, 1-step MiraDry treatment is a very simple procedure that takes about 1 hour to complete. Before the treatment, a numbing cream will be applied to the under arm area to reduce your discomfort during the procedure.

During your consultation, please speak to a McLean Clinic health care specialist about the medications you are currently taking, which include prescription and non-prescription medication, vitamins, and herbal supplements and products.

Results

Shortly after receiving your treatment for excessive sweating, you will notice that your clothing is drier and within a month after your first treatment, you are expected to experience a reduction of 80% in excessive sweating. With the excessive sweating treatments, you will continue to experience sweating in untreated areas, as not all sweat glands will be treated after your session.

Results will vary depending on the type of procedure you opt for. The MiraDry treatment is 3-in-1, which utilizes laser technology to permanently reduce sweat, odor and underarm hair. The revolutionary technology will heat and destroy your sweat glands, odor glands and hair follicles for permanent results after a single session.

Botox Hyperhidrosis, on the other hand, is a temporary solution in the treatment of excessive sweating. By temporarily blocking the nerve signals to your body’s sweat glands, the Botox injections will prevent the production of sweat in the treatment area. Your results from Botox injections in the treatment of Hyperhidrosis are temporary, however, your results should last between 4 to 6 months. The results from the treatment are expected to gradually wear off and the rate at which this is done varies from patient to patient. After your first treatment, we will schedule a follow-up appointment as needed to help you maintain the best results.

Many private health insurance plans cover the cost of treatment for hyperhidrosis.

For more information on hyperhidrosis or to learn how we can help, call us today at 866-856-6091 to book your free consultation with our Nurse Injector.

Aftercare and Recovery

After the MiraDry treatment, you may experience mild tenderness, tingling, swelling, and numbness at the treatment site. This will resolve on its own within a few days or weeks.

With Botox Hyperhidrosis, patients report the treatment site feeling tender or sore in the first 12 hours. Those who had their hands treated may feel tired muscles or a feeling of heaviness, which will resolve on its own in a few days. Keep the area clean after your treatment.

Potential Complications

Potential complications from excessive sweating treatments are rare, but you may experience tenderness, swelling, and redness for a few days after your treatment, which should resolve on its own within a few days.

The McLean Clinic team will go through all potential complications associated with your chosen excessive sweating treatment during your consultation. If, for any reason, you experience any unexpected side effects or symptoms that concern you, please contact McLean Clinic to book an appointment to speak to your doctor.

Myths and Facts

It is important to understand that Hyperhidrosis is not curable. There is no treatment that will 100% solve your excessive sweating issues, but it can definitely be managed with the help of them.

Results will vary from patient to patient, however many people experience a 80% reduction in sweat production after their treatments. While great results can be achieved after a single session, follow-up appointments will be scheduled where necessary as some patients may need additional treatments to achieve the best results.