Dr Davin Lim answers this question in the following manner. If you are reading this, chances are you suffer from very severe underarm sweating. Severe axillary hyperhidrosis (sweating) can impact on your work and social life. You would have trial, and failed over the counter anti-sweating lotions, including Driclor, Rexona and others.
You are now left with only a few other options, apart from miraDry.
- Sweat stopping treatments. This works great in 90-95% of cases, cost between $420 to 550 dollars- if performed by a specialist, and last between 4-6 months. It is safe, and has great safety record. Visit www.sweatfree.com.au for more information and find out where you can get this done in your state.
- ETS surgery, maybe a viable option if you also suffer from sweaty hands. This treatment is considered last resort, as compensatory or rebound sweating can be common. Speak to your GP to recommend a vascular surgeon to discuss more about ETS for sweating.
- Surgery to sweat glands. This procedure was performed 20-30 years ago, and is now never performed. Liposuction for underarm sweating, combined with laser was reported in the early 2000s, but now has been replaced by miraDry
- CBT or cognitive behavioural therapy. This is an excellent method of treating sweating of all forms providing there is an emotional component involved. Specialist often combine methods such as sweat stopping treatments and miradry with CBT for anxiety related sweating. A psychologist provides CBT.