Easy Treatment for Drenching Armpit Sweating
Are you distressed by intense underarm sweating? Does it limit your daily activities? Dr. Solomon understands the problems caused by overactive sweat glands. A simple treatment he skillfully performs ends the torment. Here’s the pain-free remedy available to you.
Profuse sweating is medically termed “hyperhidrosis.” Perspiration exceeds what is needed to cool the body. Sweating is so severe, it interferes with everyday life.
See if the following scenarios are familiar:
- frequently changing clothes soaked by perspiration
- avoiding clothing styles or fabrics that highlight sweat
- skipping social gatherings due to self-consciousness
- carrying supplies to manage perspiration, such as extra clothes, sweat shields, and antiperspirants
There are two classifications of hyperhidrosis – primary and secondary. Each is managed differently.
Secondary hyperhidrosis has a medical source. It can reflect underlying disease, like diabetes, gout, or hyperthyroidism. It can be a symptom of a health condition, as in menopause or infection. Some medicines trigger copious sweating, such as those for depression, dry mouth, and high blood pressure.
Symptoms begin in adulthood. Perspiration is body-wide, arising any time of the day and night. Sweating also favors one side of the body. Due to the medical nature of these symptoms, they must be addressed by an internist or specialist doctor, rather than a cosmetic surgeon.
Primary hyperhidrosis is unrelated to disease, illness, or medications. In this case, perspiration is spurred by zealous nerves, revving sweat glands into overproduction. Onset is typically during childhood through the teen years. Since the condition tends to occur in families, it can be inherited.
Perspiration is localized to specific body regions, such as the head, face, hands, feet, and underarms, or “axillae.” Sweating affects both sides of the body equally. Episodes occur at least once weekly, and usually, not during sleep. If you have primary hyperhidrosis involving the underarms, Dr. Solomon can help.
Dysport and Botox are medications that deactivate the nerves that stimulate sweat glands. The drugs block nerve signals by chemical messengers called “neurotransmitters.” When sweat glands no longer receive these signals, intense perspiration stops.
Both medicines are derived from Clostridium botulinum type A, a bacterial secretion. To formulate the drugs, the secretion is purified from culture. Both Dysport and Botox are FDA-approved for profuse underarm sweating, termed “axillary hyperhidrosis.”
Whether Dr. Solomon uses Dysport or Botox for you, the procedure is the same. You rest comfortably on an exam table, your open underarms supported by the surface. After cleaning your axillae, Dr. Solomon maps the skin areas over your sweat glands. Next, he dilutes the powered drug with saline.
Then, with a very thin needle, the doctor makes shallow injections into each underarm. A numbing agent prevents any discomfort, so you feel no pain. The entire procedure takes approximately 30 minutes. Afterward, you can resume normal activities.
Within one week of treatment, sweating begins to decrease. The extent of sweat relief lasts an average of six to nine months. You can safely repeat the procedure as needed. Note that the medicine stays at injection sites, not spreading elsewhere through the body.
In 2004, Botox received FDA approval for relief of severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis in adults. Dysport was approved five years later, in 2009. Here are sample studies conducted on each drug.
In a 1998 study, 12 patients with axillary hyperhidrosis received Botox injections to both underarms. Each participant reported being sweat-free for periods of four to seven months. When the treatments were repeated, similar results were achieved.
A 2002 study evaluated the effect of Dysport for axillary hyperhidrosis in 10 patients. Each subject received 125 units of the medication per axilla. After roughly one week, sweating had virtually stopped in all patients. Effectiveness continued for periods of four to seven months.
Dysport and Botox differ slightly in structure, doses used, speed of effectiveness, and duration. However, both drugs yield the same result – sweat-free underarms for several months. Dr. Solomon will decide which medicine to use for your given situation.
With some advance preparation, you can help Dr. Solomon optimize your treatment plan. Write down your answers to the following, and bring your notes to the consultation.
- What was your age when you first noticed intense sweating?
- What body regions are affected?
- Do any family members have similar symptoms?
- Does perspiring interfere with daily activities?
- Do you have any medical conditions?
- What medications do you take?
George Solomon, M.D. has 21+ years of experience in corrective, aesthetic, and regenerative cosmetic techniques. Board-certified in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Solomon has trained with leading physicians from around the globe.
In addition to treating axillary hyperhidrosis, the doctor specializes in numerous cosmetic procedures, such as facelifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, fat transfer, arm lifts, breast augmentation, and hair transplants. Dr. Solomon also excels in non-surgical techniques, detailed here.
You can be confident of the care you receive at Solomon Cosmetic Center. Dr. Solomon thoroughly explains procedures and patiently answers questions. He wants you to feel entirely comfortable with your decisions. Testifying to the doctor’s skill and caring bedside manner, here are grateful comments by our patients.
Located in Palm Harbor, Florida, Solomon Cosmetic Center serves residents in greater Tampa, including the cities of Dunedin, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Citrus Park, Jasmine Estates, Largo, and Pinellas Park.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Solomon, please call us at 727-288-9988, Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There’s no charge for your initial visit.
Imagine being free of underarm sweating. Pit stains are history! Your clothing choices aren’t dictated by perspiration. You’re more confident and relaxed in social situations.
Hyperhidrosis treatment can transform your life. Choose the freedom that Botox and Dysport bring!
Note – The information shared here cannot replace professional medical advice. For concerns about copious sweating, contact George Solomon, M.D.
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