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Vaser Ultrasound Can Reduce Underarm Sweating

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 20, 2010

Men and women who are embarrassed by the effects of underarm sweating may be able to reduce sweating with Vaser ultrasound treatments. The same technology behind the Vaser body contouring device is proving to be effective for reducing the occurrence of underarm sweating, and can be performed under light sedation. The Vaser procedure to reduce sweating takes approximately 25 minutes and can be performed on an outpatient basis.

The ultrasonic waves in the Vaser device are powerful enough to damage the sweat glands and stop underarm sweating completely. This procedure is performed quickly and efficiently, and there is no risk of damage to the surrounding tissues. The dead gland tissue can be removed with a scalpel and minimal incisions, and the area is stitched back up to heal shortly afterwards.

The Vaser treatment can stop sweating permanently, and once the sweat gland is removed from the underarm area, the individual will not be able to sweat normally from their armpits. The procedure  is currently available at select cosmetic surgery, dermatology offices and medical spas around the country, and is an off-label procedure. This means that it has not been evaluated or been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The treatment is designed solely  for patients who experience severe underarm sweating, and it could be an effective alternative to Botox treatments or topical prescription products.

Vaser technology has received a 95 percent approval rating from US physicians for the removal of body fat, because it can remove significant amounts of fat without harming the surrounding tissues, nerves and blood vessels. The ultrasound waves are powerful enough to break down the tissue and heat up the surrounding tissue to create a smooth, contoured appearance. Vaser technology has been proven effective for fat transfer procedures, removing lumps in the skin caused by steroid usage, and now, for treating excessive underarm sweating.


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Firefighters Use Botox to Stop Sweating Under Pressure

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 12, 2009

CB031574Botox continues to be one of the most sought-after procedures for wrinkle removal, but surgeons have started to use this injectable for a variety of other purposes.  Since Botox freezes the muscles and reduces nerve tension, the injection can be administered around the forehead to ease migraines,  in the wrist joints to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome, and even into the lower back to treat back pain.  Researchers have also found that Botox can reduce underam sweating, which is why many firefighters may be skipping the excess deodorant and in favor of a Botox jab.

Firefighters are prone to developing a condition called ‘hyperhidrosis’ or excessive sweating, which is often the result of the high stress they endure on a regular basis.  Firefighters can have a Botox injection administered directly into the armpits to paralyze the sweat glands. The effects are immediate, and some people experience a significant reduction in sweating after a few consecutive treatments. For those who experience excessive sweating in the trunk and from their feet, a combination of Botox and skincare products that contain deodorizing and moisture-absorbing ingredients can help.

According to Adelaide Herbert, professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, “As a safe treatment for excessive sweating, Botox is getting attention of late since the FDA has approved its use for patients as young as 18 years old. Though there are surgical treatments for sweating, there can be complications. Botox does not carry those risks.” (Source:

Botox has been approved by the FDA for hyperhidrosis, and may be a valuable solution for many firefighters experiencing the side effects of extreme stress.  Those that suffer from tension headaches and migraines may also be able to turn to Botox to relieve pain and reduce the effects of constant headaches. The average cost of a Botox injection is $400, and some cosmetic surgeons may extend a discount for patients who undergo several treatments over the course of a year.

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