Precision Tx™ for Hyperhidrosis
Dr. Lucie Capek was the first plastic surgeon in the Albany-Troy-Saratoga-Schenectady area to offer the new Precision TX™ treatment for excessive sweating, otherwise known as hyperhidrosis. Utilizing new technology, the Precision TX treatment is the first one-time treatment for excessive sweating that provides lasting results.
Patients throughout the Capital District trust New York Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lucie Capek to treat their hyperhidrosis wherever they’re having concerns. Many of our patients also travel from New York City, Vermont, Massachusetts, and beyond to receive her skilled and compassionate care.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition where a patient experiences sweating beyond a normal level and in inappropriate situations. For example, patients with hyperhidrosis may experience sweating appropriate for intense exercise while doing normal activities. It can affect areas like the underarms, hands, or feet. Excessive sweating can lead to many side effects like skin irritation and being self-conscious in everyday situations (like when shaking hands).
There are generally two types of hyperhidrosis: primary hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis.
Primary hyperhidrosis is believed to be caused by the nervous system and nerve signals in the sweat glands and hair follicles of the affected area. A “faulty” nervous system can cause the body to produce more sweat than necessary. Where the nervous system normally switches the sweat glands “on” and “off” to produce sweat, primary hyperhidrosis means that the sweat glands remain in the “on” position.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is usually the product of an underlying medical condition or as a result of taking certain medications. Some common causes of secondary hyperhidrosis include diabetes, thyroid problems, or menopause (notorious for producing night sweats or hot flashes).
Precision TX for Excessive Sweating
Severe, excessive sweating is estimated to affect more than 4 million people in the United States. Excessive sweating can be embarrassing and distracting within everyday situations, often affecting people’s lifestyles and emotional well-being.
In the past, hyperhidrosis treatment options varied from topical medications, botulinum toxin injections (Botox), or oral medications that were notorious for their risk of side effects. Most people with hyperhidrosis simply learn to live with sweating or use additional pads to absorb sweat where they sweat excessively.
Precision TX is different. It utilizes a unique and focused delivery of laser energy to target and ablate the sweat glands within the treatment area, most commonly for excessive underarm sweating or axillary hyperhidrosis. This revolutionary, minimally invasive surgical procedure is the newest application for the Sidelaze800 side-firing laser by Cynosure, the makers of SmartLipo and Cellulaze. The design of the laser allows for energy and heat to be directed upward toward the undersurface of the skin, directly at the sweat glands (and hair follicles).
Good Candidates for Precision TX
Everyone has a sweating response to exercise, hot weather, or stress, but for those who relate to some of the following behaviors, it’s clearly more than just a natural occurrence:
- Bringing a change of clothes or other supplies with you constantly to help you manage the condition
- Changing clothes frequently throughout the day
- Using prescription powders or deodorants
- Thinking about your condition and how to manage it for many hours a day
If these hyperhidrosis symptoms describe you in any way, you can likely benefit from Precision TX’s long-term sweat reduction used to treat excessive sweating.
Nearly everyone in generally good health can undergo this condition, although Dr. Capek will still take a full medical history and physical exam before performing the procedure. She will discuss any underlying medical conditions, possible side effects, overall health, and what you can expect from your minimal downtime.
The Precision TX Procedure
Precision TX takes under one hour. It’s performed under local anesthesia and is easily tolerated, with minimal discomfort and downtime. After cleaning and sanitizing the treatment area, Dr. Capek will insert a tiny cannula with a laser fiber at the tip into the skin’s surface, directly targeting the sweat glands responsible for excessive sweating. By heating these sweat glands to a certain temperature with the laser, they are destroyed and no longer have the capacity to produce sweat.
Precision TX for Excessive Sweating Results
Six months after a single Precision TX treatment, patients reported up to 78% sweat reduction in their right underarm and 96% sweat reduction in their left. After treatment, patients can control sweating in the treated area through a standard over-the-counter antiperspirant.
For hyperhidrosis patients, Precision TX can be a valuable investment versus treating excessive sweating with prescriptions or learning to live with it.
Hyperhidrosis Treatment in Latham, NY
If you are one of the many who suffer from excessive sweating, please call our office or contact us online today to get started on the path to relief from your sweating.