There are several treatments available for excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, but most require several sessions to achieve an acceptable level of sweat reduction, and few offer permanent results.
A 924nm laser fiber can be used to permanently reduce the number of hyperactive sweat glands in the same way that it reduces the number fat cells during laser liposuction procedures. This is why you may sometimes see this procedure referred to as “SweatLipo”. There is no actual liposuction involved in treating excessive sweating, but the laser fiber that is used can be the same or similar in both procedures. We use the SLIM Laser platform at MAS, and have had excellent results with a procedure that is quick, comfortable, and has essentially no downtime.
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How well does the laser work for excessive sweating?
The SLIM Laser platform works extremely well for axillary hyperhidrosis. Recent studies have shown that up to 91% of patients can expect a significant and permanent reduction in axillary sweating after a single laser treatment, and nearly 100% have drastic reduction in sweating within two treatments.
Are the results permanent?
Yes. The patients who participated in the most recent study have all been sweat-free since their initial treatment several years ago.
What other treatments are available for excessive sweating?
- Topical Antiperspirants: Clinical strength anti-perspirants are definitely the simplest, least expensive option to treat hyperhidrosis, but the success rate with moderate to severe cases is fairly low.
- Botox: Botox is an excellent, long-lasting treatment for hyperhidrosis of the axilla (armpit) and hands. The procedure is nearly painless when performed properly, and takes only about 30 minutes. Most patients will notice an excellent response within 2-3 weeks after their treatment, and will only need to repeat the procedure once a year.
- Microwave Technologies: There are a variety of microwave technologies on the market that claim to offer permanent results, but the jury is still out on these treatments. Many patients claim that the treatments are painful, and need to be repeated several times in order to get results, but the technology is promising nonetheless.
How can I get more information about the SLIM Laser, or about other treatments for hyperhidrosis?
If you would like more information about laser treatments for axillary hyperhidrosis, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, feel free to call or text us at 917-703-7069, or send us a message though our website by clicking here.Nicholas Vendemia, M.D. Plastic Surgeon New York