Hyperhidrosis is a relatively common condition which causes people to sweat excessively. The superfluous sweating may afflict your entire body, or it may only affect certain areas. Often, the affected areas include the armpits, palms of your hands, soles of your feet, face, chest, and groin area.
The good news is that this perspiration doesn’t usually pose a serious threat to your health, but it can be embarrassing. There are no guidelines to define what “normal” sweating is, but if you feel you sweat too much and your sweating has started to interfere with your daily life, you may have hyperhidrosis and be looking for an excessive sweating solution.
What Causes Excessive Sweating?
Your autonomic nervous system controls your sweating function without your conscious control. When operating correctly, your sweat glands produce perspiration which is transported to your skin’s surface. This occurs when the air temperature rises, if you develop a fever, during exercise, or if you are feeling nervous or anxious. In healthy persons when those factors are no longer an issue, the nerves that signal to sweat are put on hold and sweating ceases.
However, for a significant amount of the population who have hyperhidrosis, the sweat glands do not shut off and sweat even when the circumstances don’t call for it. Primary hyperhidrosis causes excessive sweating in the hands, underarms, face, and feet without any apparent reason. Secondary hyperhidrosis causes excessive sweating all over the body or in a larger area of the body and can be caused by excessive heat as well as a medical condition or medication.
Excessive Sweating Solution: Temporary or Permanent?
There are several solutions that are commonly sought after, including over-the-counter or prescription-strength antiperspirants that contain aluminium, medications called anticholinergics that affect the nerve signals to sweat glands, and Botox injections for underarm sweating, which can last for up to 3-4 months.
Surgery is usually only considered as a last resort for people with severe sweating in their hands and underarms. Surgery may involve removing sweat glands from the most affected area, otherwise, some people opt for a thoracic sympathectomy procedure, where a surgeon destroys the nerves responsible for sweating.
The antiperspirants are only temporary and medication for hyperhidrosis has some unfortunate and unwanted side effects. Whilst surgery is a long term solution, it also carries the risk of infection, is not always successful, and the associated downtime and aftercare is considerable.
miraDry: The Excessive Sweating Solution That Lasts
At PHI Clinic we pride ourselves on delivering the latest, safest, and finest treatments available with proven efficacy, paying particular attention to patient care and comfort. miraDry works by delivering precisely controlled electromagnetic energy to the underarm area, the pesky overactive glands are drawn nearer to the surface of the skin and then eliminated with effective and long-lasting results.
PHI introduced miraDry to the UK in January 2014 and we have performed hundreds of procedures since. miraDry is a safe, clinically proven and FDA-cleared solution for significantly reducing underarm sweat. It is a non-invasive, outpatient treatment and does not require any cuts or incisions. It takes approximately an hour to receive the life-changing treatment.
Although sweating is an essential part of our bodily function for controlling temperature and removing toxins, the underarm area has less than 2% of the body’s total sweat glands, and so miraDry is therefore completely safe and does not interfere with normal bodily functions.
miraDry Sweating Solution: What You Need To Know
Following your treatment, you may experience mild to moderate temporary swelling and discomfort in the treatment which may last for about a week. Mild numbness or altered sensation of the skin in the underarm area can last several months, but again this will subside in due course. miraDry is performed at PHI Clinic by our highly experienced aesthetic therapists and nurses following a detailed consultation process.
We recommend that most patients require 2 sessions, approximately 3 months apart, for optimal results, though this may vary from person to person. The award-winning PHI Clinic is home to an international team of the most respected and talented cosmetic doctors and clinicians specialising in non-invasive cosmetic treatments so you can be assured of the very best of patient care.
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