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Laser Sweat Ablation Introduced in Britain

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 21, 2009

CB107680Keeping underarm sweating under control is a challenge for many teenagers and adults who are experiencing extreme stress or hormonal changes.

Firefighters, law enforcement professionals and other individuals who work in highly stressful environments are prone to developing overactive oil glands that produce excessive sweat under normal temperatures.

Deodorant typically doesn’t mask the problem, but laser surgery may soon be a valuable alternative for many.

Laser sweat ablation procedures have been introduced in England and are showing promising results. The laser is used to burn away sweat glands beneath the skin so the body simply cannot produce the excess oil. The procedure costs $8,000, and recent tests made it just an hour-long treatment.

The operation was successfully completed in Britain, and may soon make its way to Australia. The doctor who performed the procedure say that patients who have undergone the treatment are only experiencing minor problems, and any risk of the liquid accumulating in the armpit area can be resolved very quickly.

People who suffer from hyperhidrosis, a condition where they sweat more than the average person, account for up to 3 percent of the population. They may turn to Botox to temporarily stop the overactive sweat glands from producing oil, but results from this are short-lived. Laser sweat ablation (LSA) offers a permanent solution for reducing the production of sweat, and is a relatively painless procedure.

The laser burns away the sweat glands and layer of tissue sitting right under the skin’s surface, and according to the doctors that perform this procedure, works for 80 percent of patients. However, it is important to note that the sweating process varies significantly by individual, and the body may still try and reduce its core temperature by releasing sweat elsewhere; people who can no longer sweat ‘normally’ from their armpits my experience an increase in sweat production around their face, from their palms, or the backs of their knees.

(Source: smh.com.au)

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