Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Signs and Symptoms
- Visible sweating: When you are not exerting yourself, do you often see beads of sweat on your skin or have sweat-soaked clothing? Do you sweat when you’re sitting?
- Sweating interferes with everyday activities: Does sweating cause difficulty holding a pen, walking, or turning a doorknob? Does sweat drip heavily on to your papers or computer?
- Skin turns soft, white, and peels in certain areas: Does your skin stay wet for long periods?
- Skin infections: Do you get frequent skin infections on the parts of your body that sweat heavily? Athlete’s foot and jock itch are common skin infections.
What is hyperhidrosis?
This is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. Excessive sweating happens when a person sweats more than is necessary. Yes, it’s necessary to sweat. Sweating cools the body, which prevents us from overheating. People who have hyperhidrosis, however, sweat when the body does not need cooling.
Many people who have hyperhidrosis sweat from one or two areas of the body. Most often, they sweat from their palms, feet, underarms, or head. While the rest of the body remains dry, one or two areas may drip with sweat.
This excessive sweating can interfere with everyday activities. Hands can be so sweaty that it becomes difficult to turn a doorknob or use a computer. Sweat from the underarms often soaks through clothes, causing obvious sweat marks. Because the skin is often wet, skin infections can develop.
Botox® is also highly effective in the treatment of hyperhidrosis, or excess sweating. Many people suffer from overactive sweat glands of the hands, underarms, feet, and face. These medications are great options when traditional topical or surgical approaches to this embarrassing and uncomfortable problem have not been very effective. Now Botox® can be injected directly into the areas of sweating, producing a sweat-free environment for up to six months at a time.
Infini RF for Excessive Sweating
Hyperhidrosis is typically treated with Botox injections onset interval of more or less every six months.
Infini RF is a cutting-edge, non-surgical solution for hyperhidrosis available at Terra Atma Medi Spa. The Infini RF procedure is designed to destroy the sweat glands in the affected area by using advanced radiofrequency (RF) technology. The treatment is effective and completely non-invasive. Most patients will not experience any notable discomfort or downtime.
The Infini hyperhidrosis treatment begins with an application of the “Starch Iodine” test to the axilla in order to mark the specific areas of excessive sweating and apply a topical numbing cream for about 20 to 30 minutes covered under thin plastic wrap. The provider will then expose the affected area to Infini RF. The RF energy delivered through the device will cause heating and coagulation at the ends of its insulated needles. An expert will be able to perform the treatment at the right level in order to destroy the sweat glands in the targeted area. Multiple passes will be performed at varying levels in order to achieve more comprehensive outcomes. To treat both underarms, it will take about 15 minutes to treat affected area. No downtime is involved in this procedure. Results will start appearing in about one week and will be permanent because the destroyed glands do not have the ability to regenerate.
In about one month, the provider will perform a repeat procedure to ensure any remaining sweat glands are also repeated. The patient will not need any pain meds during or after the procedure.
In a single treatment session, a patient can expect to achieve about 50 to 75 percent improvement in their sweat condition. While many patients are satisfied with just one treatment, some may choose to undergo two to three treatments for more comprehensive outcomes. Another advantage with Infini RF over some other hyperhidrosis procedures is that Infini does not cause any hair loss, which is a beneficial aspect for male patients in particular.