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AxiLase Q&A: When it’s appropriate and why it’s superior

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Sometimes, clinical strength and even prescription antiperspirants aren’t enough to keep underarms dry. In recent years, women have been turning to Botox injections in an effort to stave off excessive sweating. While the results are effective, they’re also temporary.

Enter AxiLase.

It’s a laser treatment that requires small incisions on both sides of the armpit. The area is filled with a numbing fluid and passed over with a laser that destroys sweat glands. Using a gentle suction, the glands and fluid are removed from the treated area, resulting in a permanent reduction in underarm moisture. The following are some commonly asked questions about the procedure that may help you determine whether the solution is appropriate for your needs.

– What are the benefits of the procedure compared to using deodorant or other antiperspirants?

AxiLase does far more than cover up odor or plug sweat glands, making it a much more intensive treatment for underarm wetness. Sometimes, people with hyperhidrosis, the clinical term for unpredictable or excessive sweating, do not get adequate relief from their condition by using antiperspirants alone, making alternative solutions necessary in some cases.

– How do I know if I have hyperhidrosis?

The main symptom of the condition is excessive sweating. However, you may be more likely to develop hyperhidrosis if you have anxiety problems, diabetes, are going through menopause or are experiencing a number of other chronic conditions. A physician can conduct a test for the condition, so it may be a good idea to visit your healthcare provider if you suspect that you have hyperhydrosis.

– What does pre- and post-treatment care involve?

Before undergoing an AxiLase procedure, you should discontinue any medications that may thin your blood, such as aspirin, vitamin E, ibuprofen and fish oil. Additionally, smokers should avoid lighting up prior to the treatment. Afterward, you will need to rest for two days, and should consider having a friend stay with you for the first night following your procedure. For one week, you will need to wear compression dressing over the affected area.

– Can other body parts beside the underarm undergo AxiLase?

No. However, hyperhidrosis is known to affect the hands and feet, so it may be a good idea to consult your healthcare provider regarding excessive sweating in these extremities.