Excessive sweating is a common problem that affects up to 20% of the adult population. When the best antiperspirant does little to ease your problem, you may feel helpless. Clothes are ruined by sweat stains, and sufferers frequently face embarrassment at work and among friends. Fortunately, there is a way to ease excessive sweating. Laser sweat gland reduction is a procedure that is very effective and longer lasting than previously used treatments such as Botox Cosmetic injections.
Sweat gland reduction is performed with PrecisionTx, a hand-held laser device that reduces the glands quickly and safely. Local anesthesia will be used to numb the area. Dr. Malek will make a very small incision in your underarm. A small cannula, or hollow tube, is gently inserted into the incision. Inside the cannula is a tiny laser fiber. This fiber delivers laser light that reduces the sweat glands in your underarms. The PrecisionTx system is very safe, precise, and FDA approved to deliver laser energy to carefully targeted areas. There is very little risk for complications, and the treatment is effective in approximately 80% of patients. The results of this treatment are permanent, so you will no longer need to worry about excessive sweating following sweat gland reduction.
Botox® Injections a safe and effective alternative to sweat gland reduction with PrecisionTx, having the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for “turning on” the body’s sweat glands. By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, Botox® “turns off” sweating at the area where it has been injected. Results start to be noticeable approximately 2 to 4 days after treatment with the full effects usually noted within 2 weeks. Dryness typically lasts 4 to 12 months but some studies have found it can last as long as 14 months.
The ideal candidate has realistic expectations for the procedure, is in good medical health, is aware of the risk and possible complications, and struggles with excessive sweating that cannot be controlled even by prescription antiperspirant. Schedule a consultation with us to know if this procedure is right for you.
Yes, as with any operational surgery scaring is unavoidable. Dr. Malek will be sure to place the incision in the most inconspicuous locations so that they can be well hidden in the natural folds of the body. They can also be minimized with proper care and recovery to the point that they may be unnoticeable.
You may experience a bit of swelling, bruising and soreness for a few days following sweat gland reduction with PrecisionTx. These problems should be mild, though, and can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Most people are able to return to work the following day, and they are able to resume most normal activities within a week or two. Healing generally takes approximately two weeks, and complications are rare.
Pricing varies based on body type along with combined procedures performed. Please call or schedule a consultation for more information.
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