Sweating is a normal, albeit inconvenient, physiological response to stressful conditions such as heat, exercise, anxiety, or embarrassment. However, for the estimated 1-2 percent of the population who suffer from hyperhidrosis, sweating can become a stressor in and of itself. Hyperhidrosis, characterized by excessive and unpredictable sweating, is often localized to the hands, feet, or underarms and can cause significant emotional and psychological discomfort to those affected. Fortunately, a variety of therapies are available that can reduce or even eliminate your excessive sweating.
The Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence in Los Angeles is headed by Ali Mahtabifard, MD and Clark Fuller, MD, renowned thoracic surgeons with over 25 years of combined experience treating patients for excessive sweating. Having specialized in hyperhidrosis treatment and minimally invasive thoracic surgery, our physicians are highly skilled in the most advanced procedures available to permanently prevent excessive sweating.
For more information on how to stop excessive sweating or to schedule a consultation with a Los Angeles hyperhidrosis doctor, don’t hesitate to contact us at (888) 349-1398.
What Causes Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis typically develops during the childhood or adolescent years as the result of an overactive sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nerve chain, which runs down the back of the chest cavity, sends signals to sweat glands throughout the body to regulate sweating. It is believed that a genetic abnormality affecting the sympathetic nerves is responsible for excessive sweating, which is supported by the observation that many individuals with hyperhidrosis have a family history of the condition.
Prolonged and excessive sweating may also be a side effect of an unrelated medical condition, known as secondary hyperhidrosis. Conditions which can cause symptoms similar to hyperhidrosis include thyroid disorders, menopause, and glucose control disorders. In most cases, this type of sweating will not be localized to a specific body part as commonly seen in primary hyperhidrosis.
Treatment Options for Excessive Sweating
If you ever wonder “Why do I sweat so much?” rest assured that regardless of the cause of excessive sweating, your condition is highly treatable. Depending on the severity and location of your sweating and related symptoms, our doctors may recommend the following treatment options:
- Topical medications (antiperspirants)
- Botox for hyperhidrosis
- Minimally Invasive Hyperhidrosis Surgery (Thoracic Sympathectomy)
While medications, Botox, and iontophoresis may provide some relief for certain patients, they are often not long-term solutions for hyperhidrosis. The most effective treatment available for severe hyperhidrosis is a procedure known as thoracic sympathectomy, in which the sympathetic nerve fibers responsible for excessive sweating are permanently disrupted. If alternative therapies have failed to relieve your sweating, our surgeons can help determine your candidacy for a thoracic sympathectomy.
The miraDry procedure is a relatively new, non-invasive solution for individuals who suffer from axillary (underarm) hyperhidrosis but do not experience excessive hand or foot sweating. During the two-step treatment, the miraDry device is used to transmit electromagnetic energy through the surface of the skin to heat and eliminate sweat glands located in the armpit. This treatment is considered a permanent solution to excessive armpit sweating, as has been shown in clinical studies to reduce underarm sweat by 80 percent.
At the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence, our doctors realize that the decision to undergo surgery can be a difficult one. For this reason, we recommend a variety of conservative therapies to help prevent excessive sweating before hyperhidrosis surgery. However, as a one-time minimally invasive outpatient procedure, many patients choose to have surgery and are incredibly happy with their life-changing results. In fact, most wish that they had learned about this treatment sooner!
Contact a Los Angeles Hyperhidrosis Doctor
The Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence, directed by renowned thoracic surgeons Ali Mahtabifard, MD and Clark Fuller, MD, houses a team of hyperhidrosis specialists dedicated to the comprehensive treatment of excessive sweating. Our physicians have trained at some of the country’s most prestigious medical institutions and are leading experts in the use of minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of hyperhidrosis.
To find out if you have hyperhidrosis, or to learn more about the incredible treatment options available for this condition, contact a Los Angeles thoracic surgeon at (888) 349-1398 or fill out our online contact form.
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