Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a common disorder. Centre for Surgery offers two highly effective options:
While sweating is a normal body physiological function, some people naturally sweat more or less than others. Those individuals who sweat excessively can cause problems and embarrassment with school, work and social situation.
Hyperhidrosis affects both males and females and can start at any age. Hyperhidrosis may be localised or generalised. Body parts such as armpits, hands, feet and groin tend to perspire more due to a high concentration of sweat glands in these areas.
If excessive sweating is limited to these areas it is called localised or primary hyperhidrosis. If the whole body perspires excessively it is called generalised or secondary hyperhidrosis, and this is usually caused by a systemic condition for example hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland).
Hyperhidrosis can be effectively controlled or treated now with anti-wrinkle injections as a temporary treatment required one or twice a year or with a minimally invasive procedure called liposuction.
If you feel you are excessively sweating and it is negatively impacting your day-to-day life, you may want to consider one of our non-surgical options.
Centre for Surgery does not offer procedures to those under the age of 18. You will have to have realistic expectations of what this procedure can achieve.
Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can be treated effectively with injections. The injections have been used to completely reduce or resolve excessive sweating. Severe underarm sweating is a medical condition involving overactive sweat glands. While sweating is a way your body regulates your temperature, excessive sweating far exceeds the body’s need for cooling.
Patients with excessive sweating:
Many patients have tried prescription antiperspirants without success, and for those patients, injections are a viable treatment. The injection is injected into the affected areas and works by blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops. Sweat does continue to be produced in other areas of your body.
In addition to the armpit area, anti-wrinkle injections can be used to treat excessive sweating in the palms and soles of the feet as well. To determine if injections are right for your type of excessive sweating, schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons.
The liposuction procedure can be used to treat Axillary Hyperhidrosis (excessive armpit sweating). Vibro-liposuction for underarm sweating uses mechanical vibration to treat the superficial layer of the skin where the sweat glands are located.
The underarm affected area is filled with a special saline solution called tumescent local anaesthesia which numbs the area and shrinks the blood vessels. This not only ensures minimal bleeding and bruising but also makes the area wet making it easier to break down the gland tissues.
A small Vibro-liposuction probe is used to transmit vibration, which breaks down the unwanted fatty sweat gland tissues without damaging the other tissues. The fat liquefies and dissolves into the tumescent solution. Small cannulas are then inserted through a small incision to gently remove the liquefied fatty gland and give a significant reduction in sweating.
The recovery period will vary depending on which option you chose to undertake.
Anti-wrinkle injections will have little downtime. In some rare cases, you may notice some bruising or swelling at the injection site, but this will fade with time.
If you undergo ClearLipo™, you may have to take a few days off work and can resume your normal day-to-day activities within two weeks.
At Centre for Surgery, we have two procedures available
The injections works by blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive the chemical signals, the severe sweating stops.
ClearLipo™ is a long term solution for excessive sweating by treating the superficial layer of the skin where the sweat glands are located.
The right option for you solely depends on your preference but you can also discuss this with one of our surgeons at Centre for Surgery during your consultation.