Armpit Sweating (Axillary Hyperhidrosis)Axillary hyperhidrosis, is the medical term used for excessive armpit sweating . All human beings have some sort of armpit sweating but for about 1% of the population axillary hyperhidrosis involves extreme, dripping sweat in the armpit area. This type of excessive armpit(axillary) sweating is resistant to all types of deodorants and odor controlling medications. At times the excessive axillary sweating is accompanied by the more known entity of palmar hyperhidrosis or excessive hand sweating.
Axillary sweating or excessive armpit sweating as an isolated type of excessive sweating presents surgeons a somewhat complicated and difficult issue. The sweat glands in the armpit area are made of two types of sweat glands; Apocrine and Eccrine glands.
The Eccrine glands are responsible for the production of watery and clear sweat that does not produce odor. They are innervated by sympathetic fibers. The Apocrine glands are responsible for the production of more of the thick sweat which also is the cause of the odor in the armpits. Attempts to control excessive armpit sweating should always start with conservative measures (Sweat Block, Maxim, Drysol, Odaban, Drionic, Botox and others). In cases of severe excessive armpit sweating those measures are not always helpful.
Based on his extensive experience Dr. Reisfeld believes that a very thorough explanation is needed in order to help people suffering from excessive armpit sweating understand their surgical options.
Surgical Solution for Excessive Armpit Sweating
It should be understood that isolated surgical procedures for excessive armpit sweating provide great results but almost never provide a 100% solution. There are basically three main surgical methods to stop excessive armpit sweating. In the past excision of the skin in the armpit area provided a solution but it was associated with scarring and sometimes slight movement limitations. Even with this method the success rate was never 100%. The next method which is called axillary suction currettage provides an equal success rate to the older excisional method but with a improved recovery, extremely small scars and no loss of the hair bearing area.
Axillary Hyperhidrosis (Armpit Sweating) – Why ETS is not recommended:
Laser Armpit Sweat Treatment (New & Improved Method)
This breakthrough procedure is only intended for those who have already tried alternative methods without any success (see our alternative methods page). Learn more about sub dermal laser ablation. Minors under the age of 18 must have their parents contact us on their behalf.
Causes of Axillary Hyperhidrosis
As more experience is gained it seems that the combination of the sub dermal laser ablation (SDLA) and axillary suction currettage have the best results compared to either method by itself. To be clear Dr. Reisfeld has seen better results when he combines both methods to address armpit sweating. As a world leader in the field of hyperhidrosis Dr. Reisfeld is continually working on developing improved techniques for better results.
Recent observations have shown reduced success rates for patients of African American descent. More research needs to be conducted in order to better understand this phenomenon.
"I admire your impeccable professionalism and your utmost skill in the performance of this highly technical and precise surgical procedure. I have waited many years since I was a young girl to properly get rid of this problem. My knowledge as a dermatologist led me to the best procedure and to the best doctor." Ligaya.B, M.D. Read More From Doctor Ligaya
"I had the ETS surgery for palmar hyperhidrosis in 2003 and wanted to thank you and your staff for all of help. Taking a standardized test in the past was nearly impossible without handing in a sopping wet ScanTron sheet. Since my surgery date, I was able to take the paper and pencil medical school entrance exams. I applied to medical school and now I am a second year medical student in Ohio! This surgery changed my life."
"I would also like to thank all of your staff for such a pleasant experience. They were very friendly and helpful from the first time that I made a phone call to your office up to the time in the recovery room. Everyone made me feel very comfortable and well taken care of."
Read from several touching thank you letters Dr. Reisfeld has received over the years since 1996.
Other topics of interest:
Hand Sweating | Foot Sweating | Armpit Sweating | Hyperhidrosis Symptoms
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