There are certain situations that make all of us break a sweat: a hard workout, a public speech, or a sweltering room can do it. If you’re suffering from constant underarm sweat, no matter what your situation or surroundings, you could have a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. Call the Rattinan Clinic in Bangkok, TH and to hear how Miradry can help you stop sweating.
Do We Need to Sweat?
Sweat is our body’s way of cooling us down. When we get hot, we sweat. The surrounding air circulates and evaporates the sweat on the surface of our skin, and that can prevent us from overheating in certain situations. The most common areas from which we sweat include:
- Soles of our feet
- Palms of our hands
If sweating occurs in normal amounts because of appropriate triggers like stress, exercise or temperature, it’s essential. There are only a few places on our bodies that don’t sweat:
- The surface of our lips
- Our outer ear canals
- Our nail beds
How Our Bodies Produce Sweat
We have over three million sweat glands all over our bodies. When we get hot, receptors in the part of our brain called the hypothalamus trigger those sweat glands to pump out a substance that is 99% water. The other 1% depends on the type of gland doing the work.
Eccrine Sweat Glands
These are the most abundant glands in our body and are what produce most of our sweat. They are most concentrated on the soles of our feet. This sweat is lightweight and odorless. Eccrine glands are triggered by exercise or environmental heat.
Apocrine Sweat Glands
These are the glands we associate with odor. They are located in the hair follicles under the arms, on the scalp, and in the groin area. In the animal world, this musky odor attracts a mate. In our world, it can lead to embarrassing odor. These glands produce a heavier, milky liquid that’s laden with fat, not just water and salt.
These glands are naturally triggered by exercise or heat but are also activated by our emotions. If we’re excited, nervous or scared we can sweat from these areas. The odor from these areas, particularly the underarm, is caused when sweat breaks down and combines with the natural bacteria on our skin.
Triggers of Sweat
It’s not as simple as heat, emotion or temperature. Our hypothalamus is engaged more than we might think. We do sweat in high temperatures, when we are physically active and if we’re in situations of high emotion, but you might be surprised by the other triggers that cause us to sweat.
Your brain can trigger your sweat glands when you ingest certain things. Some people are more sensitive than others to these stimuli. This kind of sweating is called gustatory and can be activated by:
- Spicy foods containing capsaicin (found most often in peppers)
- Sugar (can trigger too much insulin and change it to sweat energy)
- Caffeinated drinks
Medications and Illnesses
If you read the small print that comes with prescription medications, you may see that one of the side effects can be excessive sweating. Some of the most common meds that trigger a sweat response are:
- Over-the-counter fever-reducing drugs
- Painkillers, especially narcotics
- Synthetic thyroid hormones
Most sweating is not a signal that anything is physically wrong with us. There are, however, certain illnesses that may be a trigger for unexplained and sudden excessive sweating:
- Certain types of cancer
- Chronic pain or complex regional pain syndrome
Menopause is notorious for the hormone fluctuations that can cause the hypothalamus to overreact and force a woman’s body temperatures to fluctuate dramatically. The two most common causes for menopause related sweating are:
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
Women can seek hormone replacement therapy to help with the hormone fluctuations that can lead to hot flashes and night sweats.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating. This kind of sweating can happen all over the body or be localized to one or just a few areas. Most cases of hyperhidrosis start during adolescence when hormonal changes are present. An estimated 5% of the world’s population suffers from this condition, though most go undiagnosed because of a stigma about excessive sweating that keeps people from seeking help.
Most people who have hyperhidrosis have tried every remedy there is to eliminate or control their sweating, all unsuccessful. Common attempts to control underarm hyperhidrosis include:
- Prescription deodorants and antiperspirants
- Placing sweat pads under the arms
- Using powders and talc under the arms
- Home remedies
How do you know the difference between normal and excessive sweat? People with hyperhidrosis may sweat every waking hour of the day. Other symptoms to look for include:
- Constant dampness under the arms
- Sweat that regularly soaks through clothes
- Unpleasant odor
- A family history of hyperhidrosis
- Sweating that happens equally on both sides of your body
- Excessive sweating for at least six months
- Sweating constantly throughout the day but not during sleep
- Sweating that interferes with your daily routines or relationships
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you could have hyperhidrosis. This is not a medically serious condition and doesn’t pose a risk to you physically. The most serious physical consequence is the chance of skin infections, because when sweat mixes with bacteria, you’re more prone to developing an infection.
Causes of Hyperhidrosis
There are two kinds of hyperhidrosis: primary focal and secondary. Primary focal is the most common type of this condition and has no underlying medical explanation. While there’s no known root cause for this condition, we know it’s a result of an overactivity in the nerves that signal your sweat glands to produce sweat.
If you’re stressed or nervous, this condition can become even worse. The distress of being nervous about how much you sweat can cause you to sweat even more. This can lead to terrible emotional consequences.
Hyperhidrosis Emotional Side Effects
If someone lives with constant worry about how much they sweat, if they’re producing body odor that others can smell or are worried about how it looks when they sweat through their clothes, there’s bound to be an emotional toll. It’s not uncommon for sufferers of hyperhidrosis to experience:
- Fear of or reluctance to make physical contact with others
- Feelings of self-consciousness
- Social withdrawal to avoid embarrassment
- Constant distraction from dealing with sweat by wiping, changing clothes, etc.
- Worry about body odor
- Feeling forced into dark or bulky clothes to hide sweating
If you are experiencing this kind of excessive sweating, it can not only be discouraging and embarrassing but can take a toll on your interpersonal relationships, work performance and social activities. You don’t have to suffer from this kind of underarm sweating any longer.
What Is MiraDry and How Does It Stop Sweating?
MiraDry is an FDA-approved, non-surgical, non-invasive treatment to permanently stop excessive underarm sweating. It works by allowing us to apply a device to the skin on your underarms that delivers precisely controlled electromagnetic energy to the sweat glands causing your excessive sweating.
This energy gently heats the underarm area. This heat destroys and permanently eliminates those sweat glands while leaving the surface of the skin intact, cool and unharmed.
What to Expect From the Process
You’ll have an in-depth consultation with us to review your symptoms and get an accurate diagnosis. Once it’s decided that MiraDry is the best option to target your excessive sweating, you’ll make an appointment. There is no preparation other than to shave your underarms the day before your treatment.
During Your Appointment
When you arrive, we will sanitize your underarms and apply a temporary tattoo that acts as a roadmap to follow during treatment. You’ll receive a series of shallow lidocaine injections to the area to make sure you’re comfortable throughout the whole process.
About 20 minutes later, when your skin is sufficiently numb, your doctor will turn on the device and get started. The device will be placed on each side of your underarms for about 20 minutes per side. It is then that it delivers the energy needed to eliminate the sweat glands. Most clients report being comfortable and not feeling anything during the process. The device itself even has a cooling element to make sure you’re relaxed.
You’ll be given ice packs to apply to the underarm area over the next few days. Most clients don’t report any discomfort, so this is just to prevent any noticeable swelling. You can get back to your normal routine immediately. Your doctor may ask you to avoid exercise for a few days to give your body’s normal sweat response a rest.
What Results Can I Expect?
Because your sweat glands have been eliminated, they cannot grow back. Most clients experience an 80-85% reduction in the amount of sweat they produce under their arms. This brings them down to the level of sweat that most people experience and which can be controlled with over-the-counter deodorants and antiperspirants.
The results are immediate and permanent. These kinds of results give patients:
- Freedom in wardrobe choices, including light colors and sleeveless options
- A renewed confidence in social situations
- Eliminated fear of odor
- Confidence there will be no damp underarms or soaked clothing
- Confidence at work and speaking in front of others
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Some clients will experience the kinds of results they want after just one session. Typically, the ideal number of sessions is two. This will ensure that most missed sweat glands from the first treatment are targeted by the second. Talk with us about how many sessions you may need and plan accordingly.
You will not need to be re-treated once you reach your ideal results, because those sweat glands cannot grow back.
Don’t I Need Those Sweat Glands?
Although sweat glands are a crucial part of how our bodies regulate temperature, we have over 3 million of them, and only about 2% are located under our arms. This treatment will not negatively impact your body’s ability to regulate your temperature. You have more than enough sweat glands to continue regulating your body’s temperature on even the hottest days or throughout the toughest workouts.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Only your doctor can ultimately decide if this is the right treatment for you. If you’re an adult who is suffering from embarrassing excessive sweating and odor, this could be the ideal solution you’ve been looking for. Talk to us about all your concerns and other remedies you’ve tried.
Sculpt Your Newly Dry Arms
If you’ve been suffering from excessive sweating your whole adult life, you may have given up on wearing sleeveless clothing that will show off your arms. Now that you can, you might realize you have some work to do. If you find you have stubborn fat and loose skin on your arms that isn’t responding to exercise the way you’d like, talk to us about BodyTite Liposuction.
What Is BodyTite?
BodyTite is a radiofrequency assisted liposuction device that’s been approved by the FDA to target unwanted fat and loose skin. It is the first device of its kind designed to heat tissue from within and above to get transformative results. This device uses both an internal probe or cannula and an external electrode.
This treatment is minimally invasive and is known for accurately and uniformly eliminating fat from targeted areas of your body. BodyTite can be used on your:
- Bra line
- Love handles
- Chest wall
The Benefits of Bodytite
There are many body sculpting treatments and techniques available, so why choose this one? BodyTite offers many important advantages over other treatments:
- No visible scars
- Tightens skin up to 40%
- Requires only local anesthesia or mild sedation
- Short appointment times compared to more invasive procedures
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
Depending on your preference, we may only give you a local anesthetic or light sedation. During the treatment, we will make small incisions near the treatment site. A small wand attached to a tube will be inserted through those incisions. This wand will melt and remove fat from the area.
An electrode on top of the skin will be activated with radiofrequency energy to tighten the skin. We will monitor the temperature of your skin during the process to ensure you’ll get the best results possible.
You will see immediate results because excess fat will have been removed during your session. Your body will be producing new and more collagen. This production of collagen is what will lead to an overall tightening of your skin. Optimal results are seen between four and six months after treatment, though results vary between patients.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Most people are candidates for this treatment. The most successful outcomes are on patients with a small to a moderate amount of excess fat and skin laxity that has been resistant to diet and exercise. Only your doctor can decide if this is the right treatment for you.
Call for Your Life-Changing Appointment
If you’ve been suffering from excessive underarm sweating your whole life, you know how debilitating it can be. You don’t have to just grin and bear it any longer.
Call the Rattinan Clinic in Bangkok, TH and schedule your consultation today. We’re committed to providing our clients with the latest technology combined with our unparalleled experience to help them achieve all their aesthetic goals. We can help you, too. Call us today and start your journey to a happier and more enjoyable life!