Treatments for Excessive Sweating- Laser Sweat Ablation (LSA)

Treatments for Excessive Sweating- Laser Sweat Ablation (LSA)

For those who suffer with excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis) or smelly armpits (Bromihidrosis), life can be frustrating and difficult. Constant sweating stains clothes and can be an embarrassment both at work and in any social setting.

In the past, the only option open for many (other than invasive surgeries or harsh chemicals) was to inject BOTOX into the sweat glands to prevent sweating. Although this approach works, it is also temporary, lasting generally, not more than a year. It is also costly, since a full bottle of BOTOX Cosmetic is generally used to achieve the desired end result. Now, however, there is a new & promising cosmetic treatment for underarm sweating called Laser Sweat Ablation (LSA).

Using a treatment very similar to that performed in Laser Liposuction, or Smart Lipo (Smartlipo); first, a local anesthetic solution is injected into the underarm. The solution helps to numb the site and shrink the blood vessels (to minimize blood loss and reduce bruising). Next, a small incision is made to allow the insertion of a hollow, pen-sized instrument called a cannula. The cannula contains a miniature laser that is used to liquefy the sweat glands and then drain them away with gentle suction.

The entire procedure takes less than an hour to perform with minimal discomfort. Following the treatment, a few patients might experience discomfort for a few days and require Tylenol or prescription pain medication, while others do not require any pain medication at all. The treatment will stop sweating immediately because the nerves that trigger sweating are no longer connected to functioning glands. The tiny scars heal up nicely and generally cannot be seen after a month or two. Patients can return to normal activities within hours of the treatment.

Laser Sweat Ablation (LSA) could transform lives that have been adversely affected by embarrassing sweating. Although research is pending to treat other areas, such as the chest, abdomen, back, legs and thighs, the treatment is currently limited to under the arms, where the skin is loose.  Hands and feet may not be treated with LSA, but BOTOX is a great treatment, lasting up to a year.

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