Excessive sweating, specifically in the axilla (otherwise known as the Armpit area), can be devastating, leading to social embarrassment, as well as occupational, physical and psychological distress. Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating of any body part which can cause sweating even when it’s not hot. People who sweat excessively find that they can soak through their clothing or drip sweat. When deodorant and antiperspirants fail, it’s time to consider more significant and even permanent solutions. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Jacob Bloom in Chicago and Burr Ridge, IL utilizes two different modalities to curb that excessive body sweat. He utilizes neurotoxin such as Botox for temporary sweat reduction and for a more permanent correction Morpheus 8 radiofrequency microneedling. Before treatment Dr. Bloom will conduct a starch iodine test to identify and visualize the areas affected by excessive sweating and design a treatment plan.
How does it work?
Botox injections are a great treatment option for people with hyperhidrosis. You may be a candidate for Botox if your sweating fails to improve with prescription antiperspirants. Botox has been FDA-approved for people who sweat excessively from their armpits. It may also be used “off-label” to reduce sweating in other areas, such as the hands, feet, and face.
Botox works by blocking the small nerves responsible for activating your sweat glands. Normally, your nervous system activates your sweat glands when your body temperature rises. This is how your body automatically cools itself. In people with hyperhidrosis, however, the nerves that signal the sweat glands are overactive and do not regulate well with temperature.
When you receive Botox injections directly into the area of your body that commonly sweats, your overactive nerves are essentially paralyzed. When your nerves can’t signal your sweat glands, you don’t sweat. However, Botox only prevents sweating in the specific area where it’s injected. In addition, chemical elimination of sweating can be a great way to see if more permanent changes with Radiofrequency Microneedling would be worth long term sweat removal.
Morpheus8 is a fractional RF device with programmable penetration depth and energy delivery. The applicator is intended for use in dermatological and surgical procedures for electrocoagulation and homeostasis. The coated 24 needles can penetrate into the various levels of dermis and subcutis, where sweat glands coils are localized. This coagulates the tissue causing irreversible thermolysis of the glands structure. The Morpheus8 handpiece, gives the ability to treat multiple layer of subdermal tissue, provides an outstanding chance to address not only the superficial eccrine glands, responsible for sweating, but also the deep apocrine ones, responsible for the odor, in a multilayer sub-dermal pattern.
Why Choose Dr. Bloom?
Why select Chicago-native Dr. Jacob Bloom as your plastic surgeon? Because when it comes to something as important as your appearance, you want a highly-skilled, caring surgeon whom you can trust to make your health, your comfort, and your beauty his top priority!
Lead plastic surgeon at Bloom Plastic Surgery in Chicago, IL, Dr. Jacob Bloom is Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. His knowledge of today’s advanced surgical techniques, backed by his years of training in New York and Harvard University, enable him to develop customized treatment plans designed to match the unique goals of each and every patient, while delivering long-lasting results that will subtly—yet still dramatically—enhance your natural beauty. He has extensive experience in body contouring having trained in one of the first Body Contouring Centers in the country. He has authored several publications on body contouring techniques and has presented his work at international plastic surgery conferences.