Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a condition that can have dramatic negative effects on peoples’ lives. Hyperhidrosis is the excessive production of the watery sweat, that can affect most areas of the body, but it is usually a major problem in one or two main areas. This sweat causes the damp patches on clothes and in severe cases, beads of sweat form and can drip down the body from the affected area. This sweat is produced by the Eccrine glands and its main purpose is to cool the body.
People suffering from hyperhidrosis from armpits, hands, feet or face or generalised to be sweating from all over the body, can find it extremely socially debilitating. Hyperhidrosis can lead to constant anxiety, changes of behaviour as sufferers try to avoid situations where they may sweat more or indeed whether sweating maybe noticed and can result in social isolation leading to failure to advance in relationships and careers.
Professor Mark Whiteley introduced Laser Sweat Ablation technique to the UK to treat patients suffering from Hyperhydrosis. As sweat is produced from the eccrine glands in the skin. Laser sweat ablation is aimed at destroying the eccrine glands and then removing them, whilst causing as little damage to the skin as possible.
As with all good medicine and surgery, Laser Sweat Ablation should only be offered to patients who are likely to benefit from it.
Therefore, whenever anyone considers that they might be suitable for laser sweat ablation, it is very important that we assess them fully before agreeing that it is the best thing for them.
This assessment starts with a detailed consultation and sweat test. To save time and expense for our patients, these are performed at the same visit- the sweat test being performed first and the results made available for the surgeon during the consultation.