Perspiration, also known as sweating or diaphoresis is the production of fluids secreted by the Seat Glands in the Skin of Mammals. Everyone sweats. This is a normal and healthy function of our body. But unfortunately, some people have a tendency to sweat excessively and at times when other people would not even begin to feel damp.
Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis can be an embarrassing medical condition that affects your personal and professional life, making it difficult to engage with others, perform certain tasks and wear certain types of clothing. Chronically sweating in particular areas of the body can be uncomfortable for many men and women, frequently leading to feelings of self-consciousness in the workplace, social settings, or even intimate situations.
Hyperhidrosis is a common condition that causes an abnormal amount of sweating to occur. Hyperhidrosis can affect the underarms, palms, and feet. Physical activities, temperature, stress, or nervousness are some factors that can trigger excessive sweating. Some hyperhidrosis patients experience sweating even when these triggers are absent.
While treatment for this condition can involve medications, prescription antiperspirant and even surgery, many have found botulinum toxin injections and laser therapy to be effective, minimally invasive and long-lasting treatments.
Botox has been used to treat hyperhidrosis in various parts of the body with variable success. Botox (botulism toxin) is derived from the spore forming bacillus Clostridia Botulinum. It works by blocking the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which is secreted by the sympathetic nerves in proximity to the sweat glands that reside in the skin. Acetylcholine binds to a receptor on the sweat gland which is than stimulated to produce sweat that travels along the sweat ducts, through pores onto the surface of the skin. Botox will irreversibly bind to these receptors, and prevents activation of the sweat glands by acetylcholine. Over several months, Botox gradually degrades, and sweating returns unless the treatments are repeated.
When Botox is used on the face, hands or feet, a common side effect is weakness of the small muscles in the area, for instance when used on the hands it could result in weakness of grip strength. Similarly the muscles of facial expression can be affected when used to treat facial sweating. These side effects disappear when the Botox degrades.
After the treatment, patients can resume normal activities immediately, but should refrain from intense exercise, use of a sauna, and other activities that may induce sweating. It usually takes about a week for Botox to take effect and reduce or eliminate sweating in the treatment area.
Because the injections are placed just beneath the skin’s surface, the product remains there and does not enter the bloodstream. Botox is a approved treatment for hyperhidrosis and clinical studies have proven that it is a very safe and effective treatment for individuals who suffer from excessive sweating.
A laser can be focused into a very narrow beam, enabling physicians to target specific body structures without injuring surrounding tissue. This makes laser therapy both powerful and precise – much more precise, in fact, than more traditional surgical tools. The heat from lasers also helps to reduce infection risks and to seal blood vessels to help prevent bleeding. Laser procedures can, thus, be done faster with quicker recovery than some other types of procedures, and most are performed in a doctor’s office on an outpatient basis – meaning you can go home, or even back to work, soon after your treatment is over.
For the treatment of underarm sweating, lasers are useful in that they can precisely target, heat, and destroy the sweat glands, which are primarily found in a specific layer of tissue under the skin of the underarms. Tiny incisions (often so small they don’t even require a stitch) are made in the underarms to allow the laser tool to be passed under the skin. The procedure usually takes less than an hour to complete.
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