The laser procedure for excessive sweating is celebrating it’s sixth anniversary at The Whiteley Clinic today!
The procedure is known as Laser Sweat Ablation (LSA). It reduces underarm sweating to unnoticeable levels in approximately 80% of patients.
Professor Whiteley traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2008. He trained alongside a plastic surgeon called Dr. Blugerman who had already been performing a similar technique for over 10 years. This was called sub-dermal laser ablation (SDLA).
Professor Whiteley then introduced SDLA in to the United Kingdom. He performed the first procedure at The Whiteley Clinic in Guildford on 5th March 2009.
The procedure immediately generated a lot of interest and was widely covered in the media. The BBC included a feature on the first procedure in the health section of the BBC News Channel – which is still available to view today.
Richard Brydon was the first patient to be treated with the laser procedure for excessive sweating. At the time he was employed as a Restaurant Manager and was very self conscious of his problem, particularly when leaning over tables to serve customers. It also affected his social life and his choice of clothing.
Prof Mark Whiteley and his team performed several research projects to improve SDLA. The results of the research was the development of Laser Sweat Ablation (LSA).
The laser sweat ablation procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and takes about one hour.
Two small incisions are made in the underarm area and the dermis (which is the middle layer of skin) is separated from the subcutaneous fat. The sweat glands are removed by suction and then laser is used to make sure they don’t grow back again.
The laser is used down the patented Whiteley LSA Cannula that is essential for LSA to work properly.
There is a more detailed explanation and a video of the procedure on the The Whiteley Clinic website.
To date, Professor Whiteley has treated around 220 patients and most of the patients have described their results as ‘life changing’.
The Whiteley Clinic recently contacted Sophie, a patient who had her LSA procedure in 2009. This is what she said :
“LSA has truly changed my life. Since the procedure, I’ve not had to second guess choosing my wardrobe which is now full of grey clothes I couldn’t wear before. It’s given me the confidence to do my job, without having to worry about the thing that I spent years hiding underneath jumpers, three types of deodorant and tissue paper under my armpits! Thank you all at The Whiteley Clinic, especially to Professor Whiteley.”