Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a common disorder. Centre for Surgery offers three 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. At Centre for Surgery, we use the exclusive liposuction method known as ClearLipo™.
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.
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:
Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can be treated effectively with injections. The injections have been used to completely reduce or resolve 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.
If you are wishing to have a more permanent solution to excessive sweating, you may wish to undergo liposuction. At Centre for Surgery, liposuction is performed using the exclusive method known as ClearLipo™.
Unlike other forms of liposuction, ClearLipo™ does not involve the use of heat. This means there is a much lower risk of damage to your body both internally and externally. The first step involves injecting the area with a solution containing a local anaesthetic and a vasocontrictor. This minimises the risk of feeling any pain and discomfort, as well as any risk of bleeding. Next, small incisions are made and power-assisted liposuction is undertaken to aspirate fat globules. This method avoids any damage to the stromal network and blood vessels. A small cannula is then used to remove the fat cells. Finally, the remaining layer of fat is equalised with cannula probes. This allows fat to be transferred to other areas without needing to be re-injected. This allows you to have a smooth appearance without any lumps or rippling skin that can occur with traditional methods of liposuction.
For those who wish to undertake a non-surgical, long-lasting procedure, laser therapy is the right option. Centre for Surgery uses Fotona’s Nd:YAG lasers for hyperhidrosis therapy. This procedure involves locating where the sweat glands are. Next, an incision is made and a cannula with an optical fibre is inserted. The Nd:YAG laser is inserted and blasts the sweat glands, destroying them. A grating cannula is then used to remove the destroyed sweat glands.
This method allows for no damage to the surrounding area, leaves you with no scars and you will have minimal recovery time. You will only have to undergo one treatment, as the glands will have been removed.
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.
You may notice some swelling, numbness or tenderness with laser therapy, which will last around two weeks. You can resume your usual daily routine straight away.
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.
Fotona’s Nd:YAG laser is used to destroy the sweat glands, which are then removed from the body using a cannula. You will only have to undergo one round of treatment, as this should remove all of the sweat glands.
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.