Laser Sweat Gland Ablation (SweatLipo)

If you are sick of changing your shirt halfway through the day, or afraid to lift your arms for fear of giant sweat stains, you might have a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis.

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating of the underarms, hands or feet caused by overactive sweat glands just beneath the skin. People with a mild form of hyperhidrosis may experience episodes of sweating when they are nervous or anxious, while people with the most severe forms may sweat constantly throughout the day. It can be an embarrassing problem to have, and quite costly if you think about having to change (and dry clean) several shirts every day of the week.

If you think you have hyperhidrosis, don’t sweat it (pun intended). There are two treatment options available for excessive sweating:

  1. Botox for Excessive Sweating of the underarms, hands, feet, and scalp. Click here to learn more.
  2. Fiberoptic laser sweat gland ablation (SweatLipo) for the underarms only. Keep reading below to learn more.

Dr. Nicholas Vendemia performs BOTOX and laser ablation treatments for excessive sweating for men and women in the New York metro area. We encourage you to contact us online or give us a call at 917-703-7069 to schedule a visit. Dr. Vendemia is a leading cosmetic surgeon in New York City with a reputation for custom care and excellent results.


How well does SweatLipo work for axillary hyperhidrosis?

Recent studies using the SLIM laser platform from Palomar Medical have shown that 91% of patients experienced a significant reduction in axillary sweating after a single laser treatment, and nearly 100% had a dramatic and seemingly permanent reduction within two treatments with a total follow up time of several years in many of the patients who participated in the study.


What does lipo have to do with excessive underarm sweating?

Nothing. Liposuction is not actually a part of the SweatLipo procedure. The “Lipo” portion of the title is only a reference to the fact that the fiberoptic laser cannula used for this procedure was originally developed for use in laser liposuction procedures like Love Handle Lipo™. These cannulas have been reverse engineered for the second useful purpose of laser sweat gland ablation, and therefore the procedure is sometimes referred to as SweatLipo.


Are the results from SweatLipo permanent?

The patients who participated in the most recent study using the SweatLipo Laser fiber have all been sweat-free since their initial treatment several years ago.


Can excessive sweating of the hands be treated with SweatLipo?

No. Laser therapy can only be performed for excessive sweating in the armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis). However, BOTOX for hyperhidrosis of the hands is still a great option for long-lasting sweat reduction.


Is laser sweat gland ablation painful?

No. The procedure can easily be performed under local anesthesia in the office, and takes 60-90 minutes to complete.


Is there any downtime after SweatLipo?

No. Most patients can go back to work and normal activities the very next day with only mild swelling and tenderness of the underarms with is easily managed with nonprescription pain medications like Tylenol or Motrin.


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For more information about laser sweat gland ablation for permanent treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis, please give us a call at 917-703-7069 or send us a message to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Vendemia.