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Axillary Sweat gland removal for hyperhidrosis in Seattle

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Axillary Sweat Gland Removal according to Seattle Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating) is caused by an increase in the number and/or function of the underarm sweat glands.  Temporary treatment for this condition can include special antiperspirants and underarm Botox injections. Removal of the axillary sweat glands results in permanent decrease in underarm sweating. Patients who undergo this procedure are usually those who have failed non surgical treatment or who do not want the cost and hassle of ongoing Botox injections.

The procedure takes 1 to 1 1/2 hours and is done with the patient asleep. Two small incisions are made in the underarm area and a special curette is used to scrape away the sweat glands that reside just on the undersurface of the underarm skin. This area is very delicate and great care is taken to avoid any tearing of the skin. After the sweat glands have been removed, a small drain and dressing are placed.  Most patients take about one week off of a desk job. The drains are removed at about 5 – 7 days and the stitches are removed at two weeks.  The small incisions initially are red but they fade with time. Relief of excess underarm sweating is immediate!

Removal of the sweat glands in this area does not cause any problems with patients regulating their temperature.Underarm sweating contributes very little to body cooling with exercise or excess heat. Also, this operation does not result in increased sweating in other areas (so-called compensatory sweating) that is common with thoracic sympathectomy, which is another surgical treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis.

If you suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis, this just may be the answer to your problem. I would be happy to see you in consultation.  Give my office a call to set up an appointment.