If your sweat production is extreme, embarrassing or detracts from your daily activities, then you may have hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can sometimes be minimized using prescription-level antiperspirants or BOTOX® injections. Yet, antiperspirants only treat the symptoms of hyperhidrosis, while BOTOX® requires repeated maintenance treatments to be effective. Instead, our suburban Detroit office provides a safe, permanent solution for hyperhidrosis: a sweating treatment that uses laser technology to treat the sweat glands directly for superior results.
If you’re ready to learn more about permanently resolving your hyperhidrosis, contact us online to schedule a consultation to see if the PrecisionTx™ laser sweating treatment may be right for you.
Understanding Hyperhidrosis or Excessive Sweating
Sweating is an important function of the human body; the sweat glands operate as an internal cooling system that prevents the body from overheating. There are sweat glands throughout the body that secrete moisture to keep the skin’s surface cool. Although the exact number of sweat glands varies from person to person, there tends to be a greater concentration in the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet and the underarm and groin area.
The sweat glands are activated by a stimulus from the nerves that tells the body when it needs to cool down. In people with hyperhidrosis, the sweat glands overreact to these stimuli, and are permanently stuck in the “on” position. Hyperhidrosis can be diagnosed as a primary medical condition, which is known as primary focal hyperhidrosis. However, sometimes excessive sweating appears as a secondary condition due to a more pressing health concern or as a side effect of certain medications; in these cases, the diagnosis is secondary generalized hyperhidrosis.
For secondary hyperhidrosis, the symptoms may resolve once the cause of the excessive sweating is addressed, either by switching medications or addressing the primary health condition responsible. However, primary focal hyperhidrosis requires specific treatment at the source.
How Laser Sweating Treatment Helps
Most options for treating hyperhidrosis focus on just managing the symptoms, or may not be as effective in some areas of the body compared to others. Prescription antiperspirants may help relieve excessive underarm sweat, but aren’t practical for use in the hands and feet. BOTOX® injections are helpful for many of those suffering from mild hyperhidrosis, but more severe cases don’t respond as well. Additionally, repeated treatments are necessary to maintain the results.
PrecisionTX Laser Treatment
Laser treatment for hyperhidrosis offers the latest solution for safe, effective sweating treatment in any location of the body. Using the PrecisionTx™ – an Nd:YAG 1440nm wavelength laser – allows for more focused targeting compared to other types of lasers. When used as a treatment for hyperhidrosis, the PrecisionTx™ requires just a single session for ablation of the sweat glands to reduce underarm sweating. The sweat glands are destroyed by the targeted application of laser energy, causing a significant reduction in sweating without harming the surrounding tissue. The PrecisionTx™ also incorporates the self-controlling ThermaGuide™ sensor to internally manage temperatures at the treatment site, and cease treatment if tissue overheating is indicated.
The results of the PrecisionTx™ are permanent, and won’t require regular maintenance following your initial procedure by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Berkowitz. In very rare cases, a second treatment may be necessary to achieve the desired results, but the majority of patients are happy after just one session. A recent study showed that 80 percent of patients who received laser sweat treatment noticed significant sweat reduction in just two days, and 100 percent noticed an improvement after two weeks.
If you’re ready to visit our office in suburban Detroit for a new approach toward hyperhidrosis, our laser technology can offer a safe, effective and permanent sweating treatment. Contact us online to experience our personalized approach to beauty, and see why Michigan residents from Ann Arbor to Grand Rapids are traveling to Accents Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Spa.