About three percent of people suffer from excessive underarm sweating or axillary hyperhidrosis, a condition that makes their lives quite miserable. Those afflicted with excessive underarm sweating understand full well the embarrassment, hassle, and expense clothing constantly soaked with sweat brings.
Until now, treatment for this condition was either temporary, ineffective or both. Home remedies and aluminum-based antiperspirants are unreliable and messy. More recently injections of neurotoxins such as Botox into the armpit area have proven effective in reducing sweating for upwards of twelve to eighteen months in some patients. However, this treatment is uncomfortable and expensive, which may require 100 units of Botox or 300 units of Dysport and this can bring the cost to $1000.
A very innovative plastic surgeon in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dr. Guillermo Blugerman discovered that using a laser liposuction fiber under the armpit skin, heating the undersurface of the skin there inactivated the sweat glands on a permanent basis. This minimally invasive procedure offers a real alternative for those suffering from this condition.
What is the SlimLipo treatment for excessive underarm sweating? How is the procedure done?
The SlimLipo device is a laser designed to help improve the results of tumescent liposuction. Laser energy is passed through a very thin fiber to the target tissue, heating it to a specified temperature. In the procedure for excessive sweating, the area to be treated in the underarm is marked and infiltrated with local anesthetic. Then a tiny incision is made to introduce the fiber under the armpit skin after which it is passed back and forth throughout the treatment area heating the sweat glands there to a desired temperature. The sweat glands heated appropriately by the laser are permanently inactivated and cease to produce sweat.
Do I need sedation for this treatment?
SlimLipo for hyperhidrosis or excessive underarm sweating is about a 2 hour procedure and, we provide a very light, safe twilight sleep for no additional charge.
Is the procedure painful?
Other than the mild discomfort of putting the local anesthetic under the skin in the treated area, there is no pain either during or after the procedure. The numbing medication helps make the treatment very tolerable and many patients bring an ipod to listen to during the treatment.
What is the Recovery Time?
Recovery time is almost immediate. A light dry dressing is placed over the treatment site overnight to catch any local anesthetic that might drain. The tiny incisions to introduce the fiber heal quickly. Patients can return to regular activities within a day or so of the treatment.
How effective is the SlimLipo Treatment for Excessive Underarm Sweating?
For most patients, one treatment results in a permanent cure. For a few patients, an additional treatment is necessary for a complete resolution of excessive sweating. The tiny minority of patients with axillary hyperhidrosis who fail three treatments will not benefit further Cool Lipo procedures.