Reduce underarm sweat & odor – Permanently
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It works like this:
STOP-Sweat is a simple, local anesthesia office procedure that can be completed
in a little under an hour
The areas of glands are marked in the skin
Local anesthesia is injected to assure maximum comfort during the treatment
The sweat and odor glands are treated in the underarm
What Is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is an oft-times embarrassing disorder that affects 2 to 3 percent of Americans.
There are two forms of the condition: axillary hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating of the underarms, and palmoplantar hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating from the soles of the feet or the palms of the hands.
It’s an uncomfortable condition that can hurt personal and business relationships (“How can I shake anyone’s hand?”) It can prevent you from holding a pen properly. And it can be unsafe as well. Steering a car with sweaty palms can be dangerous.
Both males and females suffer from this condition and are often seriously embarrassed as a result. Men will stain dress shirts in work or social environments. Woman suffer from soilage of fine silk blouses and dresses.
Hyperhidrosis is primarily an endocrine issue that hits otherwise healthy people. No specific hormone is ever found to be abnormal in those who suffer. Studies have shown that people who suffer from hyperhidrosis sweat a lot during the day and evening. Weather is rarely a factor, although excessive heat can trigger symptoms.
Though none of the treatments listed below are cures for this disorder, many people with hyperhidrosis can achieve some modest good results and improved quality of life.
- Prescription strength antiperspirants that contain aluminum chloride hexahydrate.
- Oral medications (anticholinergics) reduce sweating.
- Botox. The anti-wrinkle medication has been approved in by the FDA for treating underarm sweating.
- miraDry. In this more radical approach, microwave energy is used to permanently kill sweat glands.
- Lasers can target and kill the underarm sweat glands.
- Surgical approach. A procedure called thoracic sympathectomy is often considered a radical approach if nothing else works.
- STOP-Sweat removes the sweat glands and disconnects the nerve supply. Local anesthesia is used in an office setting for a one hour procedure.
As you can see, options are numerous. Consult with your physician to see which treatment is right for you.
Hyperhidrosis Treatment Disadvantages
Aluminum can cause skin irritation over time, lose effectiveness, and stain clothing.
Oral Medications can lead to many problems such as; Dry mouth and eyes, blurred vision, constipation, urination issues, confusion, dizziness, and heart issues.
Botox requires a large volume, higher cost, and only short term relief
miraDry is more radical with microwave heating of the skin and potential skin injury
Chest surgery is very invasive and aggressive with very serious potential complications.
Excessive sweating of the underarms can be treated with options that have low risk to the patients. They are called local because the treatment is performed where the sweating occurs.
The STOPSweat is a minor surgical underarm technique which includes subcision to disconnect the small nerves, and suction curettage to remove the small glands from the undersurface of the skin. There is a scraping of the undersurface of the skin where the sweat glands are located. This is performed in a painless comfortable manner for the patient.
You will be treated in a clean comfortable reassuring setting. Cleanliness is a priority and all instruments are steam sterilized according to the highest standards. You may bring your own ear plugs and favorite music for reassurance during the procedure. If you arrive with a companion, a small amount of sedative may be given to you by mouth, but not enough to make you sleep. The area is marked with a pen. Dr Sadove is very gentle and uses a very small needle to inject local anesthesia slowly into the area. As at the dentist, you are awake, but not able to feel the treatment area. Sterile skin preparation liquid and towels are used as this is a sterile procedure. After the areas is fully without sensation, Dr Sadove makes a few very small holes in the skin of the axilla. He then inserts a very small diameter specialized instrument which separates the sweat glands from the tiny nerves that stimulate sweat production. A second specialized thin instrument is then passed back and forth under the sweat producing skin which sucks the glands in to the instrument and cuts them away from the skin so that they may be vacuumed into a syringe.
There is no cutting for removal of skin, other than a few tiny holes for access.
The gland cells that are removed do not regenerate. They are not able to regrow again in the future or produce sweat.
You will be sent home with a light gauze dressing in the axilla which you can remove the first day following the procedure and shower normally. Pain is usually easily controlled with acetaminophen. You may work at a computer keyboard the day after the procedure. Often there is a small amount of bruising and swelling which may require a week or two for more full resolution. No antiperspirants are applied during this period.
You will return to a checkup with Dr Sadove soon after your treatment.
Unfortunately, health insurance companies are not likely to pay for these procedures. Care Credit is available to our patients for financial assistance.
You surely will want a surgeon with vast experience of over 30 years like Dr Sadove.
Patients have excellent results. A paper published from Taiwant reported 90% good to excellent results. The old liposuction alone technique reported sweat reduction rates of 50%. When curettage was added the sweat reduction improved to 50% in other studies.
STOPSweat treatment is an excellent option for patients suffering from excessive sweating of the underarm.