Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating, which can debilitate and can cause embarrassment in many patients, especially in hot weather. Sweating of the Axillae, palms, and soles is most often due to stress. Diffuse sweating is usually idiopathic but should raise suspicions for cancer, infection and endocrine disease. Diagnosis is obvious, but tests for underlying causes may be indicated.
Other treatments for this condition are available from your local pharmacy and you should have explored these options prior to considering surgery. If however, they have not been suitable for you and the condition is damaging your self esteem the following procedures can be considered.
Injection treatment: blocks the nerve impulses to the sweat glands so that they produce less sweat. This treatment must be repeated every 9-12 months. This is the number one option when it comes to hands and foreheads, because it doesn’t leave any scars but also can be used to axillae. The procedure is done as outpatient without sedation or local anesthesia.
Surgery: Removal of some of the skin can be a good alternative. But this leaves a scar. It is in the axillae (armpit) this procedure is used. We remove 2/3 of the hairy area which reduces the sweating. In principal this procedure is permanent.
Liposuction: Can be a good alternative and it doesn’t leave any scars and in principal is also permanent.
A thorough evaluation has to be undertaken during the initial consultation to make the decision as to what is the best alternative. In case of surgery or liposuction the following information applied:
To get optimal results and avoid complications you should avoid stress, stay out of the sun, eat healthily, keep your weight within a normal BMI range, exercise regularly, and refrain from alcohol for 2 days prior to surgery and 2 weeks after surgery. Please refrain from smoking for at least 1 week before surgery and a minimum of 2 weeks after surgery as smoking can interfere with the final result.
Downtime following surgery
Heavy physical exercise and strenuous body movement or lifting must not be undertaken for a minimum of 4 weeks following the surgery. You can still move and do normal everyday things the day after surgery.
The final results will emerge between 3 to 6 months following surgery. There is very rarely disappointment in the patient’s perception of the success of the surgery.
Where to stay:
If you live some distance from the clinic we recommend that you spend one night in or near Oslo Plastic Surgery Clinic so that our caring staff are on hand to reassure you should any issue arise that will cause you concern. Oslo Plastic Surgery Clinic can highly recommend 2 hotels nearby to our clinic:
Contact us for more information and/or for booking the hotel.
We will require you to come to the clinic for a follow up check. With all surgery this is important as your surgeon needs to see how you are settling.
We do not recommend you fly for 48 hours post surgery. You may feel nauseous and tired in the hours following surgery. It is important to take your painkillers and drink enough fluids.
You may experience dizziness if you get up quickly from a chair or perhaps when you are lying in bed, so be sensible, take it easy and move slowly. This is quite normal following surgery and should pass within a couple of days.
Follow ups will be carried out at the clinic/alternatively through phone or video consultation:
1 day after surgery, after 1-2 weeks, after 3-6 months and finally after 1 year when our guarantee to you is completed.
Bleeding and infection are unusual and if they do occur they may need to be treated with a small operation and/or an antibiotic. If corrections are needed they will be scheduled free of charge within one year after your surgery. Anaesthesia allergy is extremely rare.