Why do we sweat?
When discussing how to stop underarm sweat, it is important to understand what causes sweating in the first place. Sweating is a natural bodily function which helps us cool down if we overheat. It occurs when the chemical acetylcholine travels through the spinal cord and into the eccrine sweat glands all over our bodies. Water and salt are extracted from the blood to the skin’s surface to reduce our body temperature.
Why do some people sweat more than others?
A common concern amongst patients is how to stop underarm sweat. It can be awkward and embarrassing in social situations if you notice you sweat more than the average person, and when your clothes become marked by it.
Although it is not life-threatening, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), can have a great impact on self-esteem and confidence, affecting approximately 1 per cent of the population. The sympathetic nervous system which regulates the body temperature is simply on overdrive in these cases, meaning sufferers of hyperhidrosis sweat a lot more than normal.
There is no specific gender, race or region which is more prone to this condition, but it is usually triggered in late childhood or puberty. It can be continual or be brought on in certain situations. Not only is it frequently uncomfortable for the individual, it often stains clothing, causes the hands to get clammy, and overtakes daily routine.
How to stop underarm sweat
There are many different antiperspirants and creams which claim to reduce underarm sweat, but these are generally only useful to those who sweat an average amount. They are rarely strong and effective enough for those who suffer with hyperhidrosis.
miraDry at PHI Clinic, 102 Harley Street, is a revolutionary non-surgical device which targets sweat glands in the underarms, decreasing perspiration by 80%. Most patients need 1-2 sessions of treatment to achieve the desired result, but as sweat glands do not regenerate, results are long-lasting.
Hyperhidrosis treatment at PHI Clinic
PHI Clinic was one of the first clinics in the UK to have miraDry, and we have performed more treatments than any other UK provider. Our fully-trained and experienced Aestheticians carry out the treatment, after the area is numbed by a Doctor or Nurse.
The procedure itself takes around 2 hours to complete, but varies from patient to patient. A consultation must be carried out prior to treatment, but there are very few contraindications to treatment to prevent the procedure from going ahead.
How does it feel?
After treatment, patients may be slightly swollen in the treated area, and will be sensitive to the touch for around two weeks. The procedure itself has not received any reported concerns of discomfort itself, as anaesthetic is applied before application. Our staff are on hand round-the-clock if ever you have any concerns or questions after treatment.
How do I schedule a consultation?
If you are interested in treatment for hyperhidrosis, please call a member of PHI staff on 0207 034 5999 and they will happily assist you with your booking.