Laser treatment of hyperhydrosis – Axillary sweating

Laser Sweat Ablation

is a local anaesthetic procedure to stop sweating from the arm-pits (axillary hyperhidrosis). The process involves making two 2mm incisions; then a laser is passed directly underneath the skin to destroy the sweat glands. The laser uses Nd-YAG laser light to destroy the sweat glands. Most people return to work the following day. There is some soreness for a few days or weeks and the risks are minimal. The process eliminates or significantly reduces the sweating in the armpits in 80% of people.

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Advantages of laser sweat treatment:

  • Local anesthesia
  • Out-patient procedure
  • Low risk, minimal side effects
  • Fast recovery time
  • Typically One Treatment Required

Consultation – Iodine and Starch Sweat Test

Patient assessment starts with a detailed consultation by Professor Gjurić and sweat test. To save time and expense for our patients, these are performed at the same visit. Iodine and starch will be used to find the area of maximum sweating and this will be marked on the skin. Photographs will be taken for later comparison.

Follow up

At the end of the procedure, you will be discharged from the clinic with dressings in place. Occasionally patients take some simple pain-killing tablets, although many of our patients find that they do not need to. Antibiotic are not used routinely. We ask patients to come back the next day to check the wounds and the skin. Most of our patients get back to almost normal life very soon after the procedure. Over the next few weeks, the bruising usually settles, but the skin often becomes thicker and more lumpy.

If any patients are unhappy with the result at 6 months, or if the tests show the procedure has insufficient result, then we would work with them to try to resolve the problem by touch up laser or botulinum toxin.