Lucky for all of those who are perpetually perturbed by pit stains, there is a new procedure called AxiLase that promises to put a halt to the sweat problem – for good.
While sweating is essential for cooling the body down, there is such thing as too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to sweat. Hyperhydrosis may be alleviated by topical solutions and prescription medication, but they’re not always an answer. Cue AxiLase, which is actually a minor surgery that involves a laser permanently destroying sweat glands. The procedure is performed in an office setting and takes about an hour to complete. All patients need is a local anesthetic and one or two days of downtime after the procedure is over. That sounds pretty simple, especially considering the fact that it’s a permanent solution.
Specific problem areas within the armpit are noted before the anesthetic is applied. A couple of incisions are made and the laser is used to zap away at the glands in question, which are then sucked out, along with excess fluid. Apparently, none of this hurts at all, though there is some discomfort post-surgery. Also, those who undergo the procedure must wear bandages for about a week and should not wear deodorant until the incisions are healed.
Currently, AxiLase is only used by one doctor in the United States, who charges about $3,000 for the procedure. And while this physician, Dr. Chasin, claims that it is “for people who have failed conventional therapies,” the AxiLase website states, “we see patients who find their sweating frequently interferes with their life.” That, coupled with the fact that Good Morning America did a segment on a 21 year old girl who just underwent the surgery, leads me to believe that you don’t necessarily have to exhaust all other resources before turning to AxiLase, nor do you technically have to be diagnosed with hyperhydrosis.
The price of the procedure is a hefty one, and people with diabetes, immune or clotting disorders should not look into AxiLase. But the only side effects are not particularly terrible and are typical for surgeries; they include swelling, bruising and infection.
An unrelated but just as wonderful benefit of the procedure, according to an article by the Daily Mail, is that AxiLase may “significantly reduce underarm hair.”
Because Dr. Chasin has only performed the procedure on twenty patients and because it is new to the United States, there aren’t any reviews I can reference – and there won’t be long-term reviews for some time. However, it looks like the AxiLase is certainly something that should be kept on your radar if perspiration pesters you.