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Hyperhidrosis is a medical disorder characterized by excessive sweating, which is a common chronic condition that almost 3% of the population faces. Hyperhidrosis usually affects the underarm (axillary) sweat glands, but it may also affect the palms of hands or feet, or the whole body in general. This is not just an ordinary sweat problem--hydrohidrosis is characterized by sweating excessively at all times in varying external conditions. Sweat is the mechanism used by the body to regulate temperature. However, hyperhidrosis is defined when sweating significantly exceeds the body's normal requirement for cooling.
During young adulthood or adolescence is typically when people begin to develop this condition. The cause of the disorder is unclear, however, genetics may be responsible. Studies have shown that one-third to one-half of patients have a family history of hyperhidrosis. Heavy sweating may increase due to stress, emotion, anxiety, tension, certain types of food, or exercise, but often occurs for no particular reason.
Treatment for hyperhidrosis is dependent on the severity of the affected area and may require more than one method. Primary treatment methods for this disorder such as powders, ointments and electrical stimulation, may only offer temporary results that lasts just a few hours or sometimes up to a week. Surgical procedures such as endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS surgery) might be used to treat hyperhidrosis. Unforunately side effects of this procedure might include compensatory sweating on the thighs, abdomen, back and legs. Decreased heart rate and dry skin (particularly on the scalp, face and neck) are other side effects.
BOTOX Cosmetic injection is the preferred treatment method. It is a minimally invasive procedure to help treat patients with severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis that was insufficiently treated with topical agents. Results may be seen within the first week after treatment. Studies have shown BOTOX Cosmetic to be up to 90% effective and results can last up to 9 to 12 months before additional injections are required.
SmartLipo is another treatment method that offers the longest lasting solution to hyperhidrosis, and is usually considered when other methods of treatments are not successful. SmartLipo is the most effective method to remove excessive sweating. Sweat glands are inactivated by light energy from the laser fiber, therefore patients do not need to come back for repeat treatments. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia enabling you to return to your normal everyday activities shortly after the procedure. SmartLipo has proven to be 70-90% effective for hyperhidrosis and results last up to 3-5 years.