Surgery or BOTOX® for Excessive Sweating in Grand Rapids
Everybody sweats, but some people sweat more than others. In fact, some people sweat a lot more than others. Hyperhidrosis, the technical name for excessive sweating, impacts almost 8 million people in the United States alone. The phenomenon can go from being a frustrating inconvenience to a life-disrupting problem. An overabundance of underarm sweat regardless of the weather can create constant wet spots on shirts, necessitating frequent changes of clothes that add unnecessary hassle and discomfort to the day. Patients seeking relief from hyperhidrosis in Grand Rapids can find it at the Bengtson Center.
Dr. Brad Bengtson offers both temporary and long-lasting treatments to curb hyperhidrosis. The temporary solution involves BOTOX® injections, while the long lasting treatment involves in-office, minimal laser surgery. The end result of either treatment is fewer changed shirts, a boost in confidence, and the peace of mind that comes from knowing clothes will stay dry.
BOTOX® for Temporary Hyperhidrosis Relief in Grand Rapids
Long known as a wrinkle-stopping injectable, BOTOX® is gaining increasing attention for its other benefits, including the fact that it's also a sweat-stopping injectable. The active ingredient in the cosmetic that prevents forehead muscles from receiving messages telling them to contract is the same ingredient that prevents sweat glands from getting chemical signals that prompt them to produce sweat.
The effects from a treatment session will gradually improve over the course of a week. Shallow injections made into the underarm area can stop sweat from streaming down for four months up to more than a year. At this point, the sweat associated with your previous active hyperhidrosis will gradually return.
Patients who want to maintain dry underarms can return for follow-up treatments and enjoy the ongoing benefits of BOTOX®.
SlimLipo™ for Hyperhidrosis Relief in Grand Rapids
While BOTOX® offers an end to unwanted underarm sweating for months, SlimLipo™, a laser procedure traditionally used for fat removal, can reduce underarm sweating by up to 90 percent.
This method works by heating the overproducing glands, effectively destroying their ability to generate sweat and removing them from the system.
The laser used for heating is inserted through a very small incision, and the whole procedure can be completed in as little as an hour. The laser allows for precision, focusing energy directly at the targeted glands and preserving surrounding tissue.
Since doctors have observed that sweat glands don't seem to grow back, this has proven to be an effective long-term strategy in controlling hyperhidrosis.
Every hyperhidrosis treatment at the Bengtson Center begins with a consultation, at which the doctor will examine the patient, conduct an interview that includes a medical history and the patient's goals, and determine the most effective projected course of action. Injections for a temporary reprieve from the moisture may work well for one patient, while lasers to curb it may represent the best call for another.