Summary: Everyone sweats, but some of us sweat a lot more than others. This can be a problem, especially if the volume of sweat reaches such a high degree that it starts interfering with your daily life. Imagine having to change shirts five or six times a day—at work. Luckily, there are several treatments for excessive sweating—known as hyperhidrosis—that including Botox and surgery. It’ll be up to your plastic surgeon which is the best option for your personal condition.
Sweat Doesn’t Stink, But Sweating Can
We all sweat. It’s the body’s natural way of cooling itself. And, if we want to get technical about it, sweat doesn’t smell. Rather, it picks up odor as it passes through your skin (so, maybe that should say something about your skin? Let’s not think about that). But we don’t all sweat equally. Some people only sweat a very small amount, and small people sweat prodigiously. Like, a lot. The medical name for this is hyperhidrosis—essentially, producing too much hydro (water).
This can be a very debilitating condition, especially when it’s not activated by intense exercise. Hyperhidrosis can be triggered by stress and it can occur at random intervals. What worse, there’s no deodorant in the world that can effectively treat this problem, leading to underarms, hand, feet, and foreheads (among other areas) that cause severe anxiety for patients.
There are, however, medical options. Milwaukee hyperhidrosis sufferers have the option to seek out treatment from Milwaukee Plastic Surgery, where they offer several options—and these options will change slightly depending on where you’re looking for care.
- Botox—We’re used to thinking about Botox as something that makes wrinkles go away and makes you look younger. But there’s some evidence it may also paralyze those parts of your tissues that are responsible for sweating. While it’s approved by the FDA for this purpose, it’s not a permanent solution, as the effects will wane over a six week period, and the Botox will need to be repeated.
- Surgery—In cases where this doesn’t work, surgery may be required. During the procedure, a surgeon will make incision into the problem area (the armpit, for example) and “shave” the sweat glands. This dramatically decreases the volume of sweat output and, generally, shows excellent outcomes.
While there is not one surefire way to treat hyperhidrosis, it must be noted that this does not mean there is no treatment. If you suffer from this ailment you have hope, and should seek treatment, especially if the condition is negatively effecting your life. Hyperhidrosis does not have to be a permanent condition. Talk to your plastic surgeon today.