An estimated 2 to 3 % of the population suffers from Severe Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis-the medical term for severe sweating. At the Asarch Center for Dermatology, Laser & Mohs Surgery, we are proud to offer the LAAP Sweat Gland Treatment, developed by Dr. Richard Asarch. What is Hyperhidrosis? Commonly an inherited condition, excessive sweating can be embarrassing and debilitating on a social, functional and emotional level if left untreated. Patients may sweat 4 to 5 times more than normal, far exceeding what is necessary to regulate body temperature. Hyperhidrosis may affect the entire body, or it may be localized to the armpits, palms or soles.
The cause of Hyperhidros is not known, however it is assumed that it is a hereditary condition and may occur in childhood or start later in life. An increase in air temperature, exercise, fever, anxiety, or spicy food may cause and increase in sweating. Sweating usually reduces at nighttime, but can continue throughout the day.
Hyperhydrosis can be treated with prescription antiperspirants or even Botox injections to minimize the sweating. For more severe cases, a new treatment using laser ablation of the underlying sweat glands is now available at the Asarch Center.
The LAAP procedure is a minimally invasive laser ablation of the sweat glands in the axillary (armpit) area. Performed under local anesthesia, the LAAP procedure requires minimal downtime and eliminates the need for bi-yearly Botox injections. Best yet, a single LAAP treatment typically results in a 75 percent or greater reduction in sweating. A second treatment can be performed, if necessary.
Early studies utilizing Microfocused Ultrasound for the treatment of Axillary Hyperhydrosis have demonstrated a very effective non-invasive treatment. One or two treatments have resulted in a 70–80 percent reduction in sweat production. Although this is a non-invasive procedure, it does involve the use of a local anesthetic.
The Asarch Center values each and every patient. Our team of medical experts receive specialized training in their respective fields to provide our patients with the most up to date treatments, procedures and the highest standard of care.