We know through experience that the decision to have sweat gland suction is generally preceded by a long decision making process. With this information we would like to help you with this process, by advising you about the procedure itself and the possibilities and risks involved in this operation. This advice, does not however, replace the need for an extensive personal consultation with your surgeon who will thoroughly address your specific questions.
When is sweat gland suction useful?
What is the aim of sweat gland suction?
What do I have to consider before sweat gland suction (pre-operative phase)?
What do I have to consider after sweat gland suction (post-operative phase)?
What are the possible risks with sweat gland suction?
Which result can I expect after sweat gland suction and what are the chances of success?
Embarrassing sweating. Excessive sweating is for those affected, especially in the warmer months, extremely uncomfortable and can be noticeable through constant sweat marks on clothing or by body odour. Increased sweating in the armpit is an expression of a dysregulation of the body. Sweating also occurs in cases of hormonal dysregulation or in neurological diseases, but may also be present without any sign of physical illness.
The aim of sweat gland suction is to remove or reduce the sweat glands in the armpit, and therefore to reduce the sweating in this area.
Procedure. The procedure is similar to liposuction. First, a tumescent fluid is injected through small puncture marks under the skin. Then, using the liposuction cannulas, just below the surface layer of skin, the sweat glands are removed. The injection sites are then closed with fine stitches and a compression dressing is applied for the next 2 days.
Type of anaesthesia. This procedure is usually carried out under general anaesthetic.
On the day of the operation please do not use any oily shower or bathing products but normal soap or shower gel and your skin should not be moisturised. Shaving of the armpit area is also necessary. Information on general measures and the necessary preliminary examinations will be put together for you personally in a pamphlet which you will receive at your consultation.
For a few days after the procedure a dressing is applied and the stitches will be removed between 6 and 8 days after surgery. Showering is only allowed after the stitches have been removed. Swelling or a feeling of tension regularly occurs after surgery but these changes should not worry you and should disappear within a few days. Any residual swelling can be, to a lesser extent, present for several weeks as can a loss of sensation in the skin, although this will usually return to normal.
Physical exercise with increased movement in the arm area may only be done 2 to 3 weeks after surgery and external heat sources, such as those from saunas should be avoided for the first 4 weeks after surgery. Sunbathing, tanning beds and tanning lotions must be avoided until all scars have completely healed.
No procedure is without risk. The general risks of surgery include the possibility of bleeding, thrombosis and infection. Specific risks associated with this procedure are the impairment of blood circulation, skin necrosis and long-lasting skin sensation problems.
No more excessive sweating. Through sweat gland suction there is generally a great reduction in the amount of sweating in the armpit. The reduction is approximately 80%, which results in a “normal” amount of sweating.