Excessive underarm sweating, also called axillary hyperhidrosis, can take over your life, affecting your self-confidence, your wardrobe, and even your social life. Ulthera for excessive underarm sweating now offers hope to people who are looking to take control of this frustrating condition.

How Ultherapy works

Ulthera works by targeting the overactive glands in the underarm, using focused ultrasound energy, like that used in sonograms. This energy is directed into the layer of skin where the sweat glands reside, selectively destroying them and reducing their numbers, which in turn can provide a reduction in excessive sweating.

The patient lies on a comfortable treatment table, and a numbing solution is administered into the armpit. We then perform a series of passes with the Ulthera treatment head, crisscrossing the treatment area to ensure the even and complete targeting of the axillary sweat glands. The procedure takes about an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. Sweating is typically reduced immediately.

Ulthera for excessive underarm sweating represents the very latest advancement in treating axillary hyperhidrosis.

After the procedure, the patient can get right back to their busy day, as there is no downtime associated with the treatment. There might be some tenderness and bruising in the treatment area for a few days, but it should not interfere with the patient’s normal routine.

As this is a new procedure, the duration of its effectiveness has not yet been established, but results should be lasting, if not permanent. This treatment is a wonderful option for those looking for a way to bring their excessive sweating under control in a totally noninvasive, non-surgical way.

Benefits include:

  • Totally noninvasive procedure designed to reduce excessive underarm sweating in a single treatment
  • Uses proven, safe ultrasound energy, like that used during sonograms
  • There is no downtime with this procedure, so you can get right back to your busy life
  • Represents the latest advancement in treating excessive underarm sweating
  • Performed under local anesthesia in our offices

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during the procedure?

The patient reclines on a treatment table, and the underarm area is gently injected with a numbing fluid. When the underarm is numb, the Ulthera treatment head is moved in a grid-like fashion, crisscrossing the underarm with a series of energy pulses. Once under way, the treatment takes about one hour.

What happens after the procedure?

When the procedure is completed, you will be ready to get on with your busy day as there is no downtime necessary with Ulthera. Your underarm area might be tender, and there might be some bruising, but it shouldn’t keep you from normal activities.

Does it hurt?

The procedure is very well tolerated and most patients describe it as a one or a two on a pain scale of one to 10. During the procedure, the patient relaxes, talks with the staff, watches TV, or listens to music. There may be some soreness and tenderness in the area after treatment, but this usually only lasts for a day or two.

Is there downtime?

No downtime is required with this procedure — you’re free to get on with your day as soon as the treatment is completed.

Who is a good candidate for Ulthera for excessive sweating?

Anyone whose life is negatively affected by excessive, uncontrollable underarm perspiration is a good candidate for Axilase. In most cases, we see patients who find their sweating frequently interferes with their life.

If I plan to have it done shortly, what should I do in preparation?

If your treatment date is approaching you should immediately stop taking any products that can thin the blood including aspirin (or products containing aspirin), ibuprofen, vitamin E, fish oil, herbal supplements, or St. John’s Wort. If you smoke, you should stop immediately.

How much it cost?

AxiLase treatment typically costs around $2,500, depending on the size of the treatment area.

I’m from out of town — where can I stay?

Ulthera for excessive sweating is performed in our Livingston, N.J., and our Martinsville, N.J. centers. If you are traveling to New Jersey there are a number of hotels within just a few miles of both locations.

Medical Director at

Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.