Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) can take many forms, particularly affecting the hands, armpits or feet, as well as including facial flushing. Embarrassing and, at times, debilitating, excessive sweating is easy to remedy and its treatment can transform the lives of those who suffer from it.
For patients who experience excessive sweating in the armpits only, the most effective treatment are Botox injections. This is injected under the skin in the hair-bearing area in the armpits. The effects are immediate and significant. Since the effects of Botox wear off over time, injections should be done every 5 to 6 months. If you want something a little more permanent, liposuction can be used to remove the sweat glands entirely. This is simple day surgery and patients are often able to return home the very same day.
For patients with facial flushing or sweating of either the hands alone or the hands and armpits, the best long-term solution is a transthoracic sympathectomy. This is a simple procedure done via keyhole surgery (requiring only a tiny incision), which involves using heat to eliminate the nerves that supply the sweat glands. The effect is immediate and patients usually exit hospital the very next day.