Being a professional in today’s business world requires confidence and finesse. Sometimes, embarrassing moments can occur, like sweaty hands or armpits, at the wrong time, especially during a meeting or presentation. If you are like many Americans who suffer from excessive sweating when there is no cause, you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Hyperhidrosis is not life threatening; it primary affects the quality of life than longevity. However, it can have a physiological effect which can cause skin infections secondary to maceration of the skin.

There are three basic forms of hyperhidrosis

There are three basic forms of hyperhidrosis: emotionally induced; localized; and generalized. Emotionally induced hyperhidrosis typically affects the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and the armpits. Localized hyperhidrosis typically affects the palms, armpits, groin, face, and the area below the breasts in women, while generalized hyperhidrosis may affect the entire body.

Non-surgical treatment solutions

Sweating is necessary and a natural process for thermal regulation to cool down the body, i.e. hot summer days or exercising. However, there are people who suffer from excessive sweating which can negatively impact their personal and professional life. Lifestyle modifications may help in some cases, like wearing natural fabrics and avoiding alcohol.

There are some over-the-counter antiperspirants that can help control the sweating. Doctors sometimes will prescribe Drysol, which is a 20% grade of aluminum chloride hexahydrate solution like antiperspirant that is applied at night to block the sweat pores.

Another popular treatment available that is not permanent is injections of botulinum toxin (Botox). Botox stops the excessive sweating by preventing the transmission of nerve impulses to the sweat glands. This treatment must be repeated every three to 12 months.

How we treat axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating in the armpits)

Beyond Beautiful offers patients a surgical procedure that treats axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating in the armpits) by surgically removing the sweat glands from the undersurface of the dermis.

Unlike other treatments, sweat gland removal is both permanent and safe in that it leaves the surface of the skin unharmed. More than 80 percent of the patients see a permanent often near complete reduction of perspiration in the area.

The procedure will take no more than 60 minutes. It is carried out under local anesthesia and patients can drive themselves home. During the three- to five-day recovery period, a compressor dressing will be applied to avoid collection of fluid where the sweat glands used to be. As with any surgery, there may be swelling and bruising and postoperative care instructions have to be followed to avoid any potential complications such as infection.

Get back your confidence. Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Khattab.

If you’re ready to learn more about hyperhidrosis, contact us today for your complimentary consultation. Beyond Beautiful is located at 23365 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 102, in Torrance, CA. Since 1988, we have been providing excellent care to patients from nearby Torrance, Long Beach, Redondo Beach, and beyond.


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