A hot summer day can be especially uncomfortable for people who suffer from a condition called hyperhidrosis, or excessive perspiration. A new FDA approved procedure called “precision T-X” can finally help these patients stop sweating for good. Surgeons insert a laser fiber in the patient’s underarm through a small incision. The laser shoots energy and heat at the under surface of the skin, which reduces the number of active sweat glands. It only takes one procedure and research shows after six months 80% of patients have a significant reduction in sweating.
The minimally invasive treatment takes less than an hour. A local anesthetic is used so the patient is awake and can go right back to work if necessary. Side effects include a little swelling and bruising. The underarm laser costs around three thousand dollars and insurance does not cover it. About 5 percent of people in the U.S. deal with excessive sweating. Other treatment for this condition include botox injections every few months.