Most people do nothing about excessive underarm sweating and suffer silently. More than 4 million Americans suffer from this conditiion, also called hyperhidrosis. Some people try Botox injections, over-the-counter antiperspirants, oral prescriptions, topical agents, or other treatments to solve their excessive sweating problem.
A new plastic surgery procedure may actually fix this problem permanently. This technique, which shaves away underarm glands, may offer patients permanent relief. “The shaver technique is really the first long lasting solution for excessive underarm sweating that offers patients minimal scarring, unlike other procedures,” said Kenneth Murray, MD. “More than two years after surgery, the majority of patients experienced a complete elimination of their sweating problem and have gone on to lead more normal lives without having to hide this troubling condition.”
The new technique, which is only appropriate in treating excessive sweating of the underarms, is performed through a small incision using a rotating blade to cut away the excess glands while a suction device removes them.