Sweating is a natural function that aims to regulate body temperature. It generally happens during activities that can increase blood pressure and raise your heart, causing your internal temperature to rise. Exercise, being in hot weather, hormonal shifts, and stress are all common triggers for sweating, which is generally manageable and ceases once the body gets back to a comfortable temperature.
Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone. Hyperhidrosis is a condition where people excessively sweat, often with no real cure, and it is not always related to overheating or exercise. Hyperhidrosis is caused by excessive sweat glands, generally in hotspots like the underarms, feet, palms, neck under the breasts, and upper lip.
It is triggered by overactivity in the nerves connected to the sweat glands that cause excessive sweating. For patients, this can be difficult to manage and cause them to sweat through or stain clothes and feel embarrassment or discomfort in certain settings, leading to social anxiety or mental strain. Sweat reduction treatments can be a huge relief for patients who struggle with hyperhidrosis in the Midwest and throughout Michigan, including Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, and the neighboring communities.
Is There a Cure for Hyperhidrosis?
For patients with hyperhidrosis, it can be a struggle. They may find that they sweat so much it drips uncontrollably or soaks clothes like socks and shirts within a short period. It can be distressing, especially for younger patients.
While there are ways to treat and reduce the cause and symptoms of hyperhidrosis, what works for one patient may not have successful results with another. Thankfully, there are many different options you can available to help address excessive sweating. At the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, we offer two treatment options for sweat reduction: Botox® injections and miraDry®.
When considering any type of cosmetic treatment, talking to an expert like Dr. Bengtson or any incredible team member can be a good starting point.
We will provide an honest and knowledgeable opinion on your aesthetic needs and how you can best achieve your goals. For patients seeking sweat reduction, we can discuss the pros and cons of the different options and weigh the best to suit your needs and lifestyle.
Botox® is mostly known as a facial injectable, but it also has FDA approval to treat excessive sweating. It is injected directly into the target area, such as the underarms, and can noticeably reduce excessive sweating within a week. This is not permanent, and the effects wear off after about 6 months and typically requires 100 units. Patients can set regular appointments to use this as a long-term treatment.
miraDry®, on the other hand, offers permanent elimination of sweat glands in the target areas. This means you will not sweat at all in the areas where it is administered. miraDry® uses powerful electromagnetic energy to target and destroy the eccrine glands and the apocrine, which produce the body-cooling sweat glands and fluids with an unpleasant odor, respectively.
For patients who have not found relief from other sweat reduction treatments, cosmetic solutions such as Botox® or miraDry® may offer incredible benefits.
By reducing excessive sweating, our treatments offer patients the ability to have an improved quality of life, where they aren’t constantly worried about sweating through their clothes or being in stressful settings. In addition to calming excessive sweating, the benefits of sweat reduction include peace of mind, improved comfort and confidence, and better hygiene!
There are two main types of hyperhidrosis that patients may have: primary focal hyperhidrosis, which causes the nerves responsible for signaling to become overstimulated, even without traditional triggers.
Stress and nervousness can increase symptoms, which can lead to a problematic cycle. This type of hyperhidrosis generally has identifiable underlying causes. Secondary hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating due to a medical condition, such as diabetes, thyroid issues, infection, low blood sugar, menopause, etc.
Seeing a doctor can help you rule out what type of hyperhidrosis you have and how to manage it. From there, you can determine if a cosmetic sweat reduction procedure will work for you. Candidates include men and women in overall good general health who have been cleared for a sweat reduction treatment. Schedule a consultation at the Bengtson Center to learn more about our procedures and whether you are an eligible candidate.
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