Sweat Gland Suction

Sweating serves to dissipate heat and is a natural body function.  The human body boasts about two million sweat glands. Sweat is odorless and clear and the secretion of sweat is regulated by the vegetative nervous system. In approximately 1% of the human population, this system works at a much higher level than required to regulate body temperature. This condition is known as hyperhidrosis and, especially in the case of axillary hyperhidrosis, can be permanently treated by removal of the axillary sweat glands.

The procedure:
Removal of the axillary sweat glands is a threefold process. It is an ambulatory, minimally invasive procedure that is done with local anesthetics (tumescent local anesthetic). Following the surgery, compressing bandages are applied.

The one or two small incisions (ca. 4-6 mm) heal quickly and become all but invisible. The patient can resume his normal activities right the next day. The results of the surgery become noticeable immediately as sweat glands cannot renew themselves once removed. The average patient should expect to miss no more than one day of work in having this procedure done. No negative effects are experienced by the body as a result of the removal of excessive axillary sweat glands.

Risks and possible complications:
The removal of sweat glands is one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures worldwide and is thus considered to be well-tried and proven. Nevertheless, just as with any other surgical procedure, the process is not completely risk-free even when done with the best possible care and optimal execution.

Apart from general risk such as healing disturbances, which are given for virtually any procedure, in individual cases an intolerance reaction or temporary numbness can occur. Generally this can be quickly treated with standard medical procedures.