What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that is characterized by excessive sweating.  Sweating is a normal and important body function, but excessive sweating can become a serious problem. Here’s what you should know.

Why do you sweat?

White BikiniThe body uses sweat to cool itself down, especially when you are engaged in strenuous exercise or when the weather is hot.

What are the problems with excessive sweating?

While some sweating is normal, too much sweat can become a serious problem. It can permanently stain your clothing, it can make you uncomfortable in social situations, it can make you and your clothes smell unpleasant, and it can leave visible wetness under your arms which is embarrassing.

What treatment options are available?

Fortunately, there are a number of treatments available that can reduce excessive sweating. Some patients can benefit from using prescription anti persperant, and others may choose Botox injections to combat excess sweat.

Another effective treatment option is miraDry®. miraDry® offers patients a long term solution to excessive sweating. This FDA approved procedure is a non-invasive treatment that uses controlled energy to eliminate sweat glands underneath the arms.

The procedure itself requires no incisions, cuts, or harsh chemicals. Instead, the underarm area will be treated with local anesthetic to increase your comfort and then the miraDry® device will be placed on the underarm region. It will deliver precisely controlled energy to the targeted sweat glands in order to eliminate them. Because the sweat glands do not grow back, the results are permanent. The appointment will take about an hour, and you’ll have two treatment sessions spread about 3 months apart. You should be able to resume normal activities immediately after the procedure. Your doctor may recommend using ice packs or prescription medication to reduce minor pain.

This method comes with many benefits:

  • It is quick, non-invasive, and requires almost no downtime.
  • The results are permanent and you’ll notice a dramatic reduction in underarm sweat.
  • The treatment doesn’t use any toxic chemicals and there are no surgical incisions.

If you’d like to learn more about treatment for excessive sweating, schedule a consultation at Northcoast Laser Cosmetics.


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