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Axillary Sweating

Axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating) is a medical condition characterized by overactive sweat glands that often drench patients’ clothing. For many who struggle from significant axillary sweat and bad odor, deodorants, antiperspirants, and injectable treatments do little to help control the condition. Fortunately, Dr. Grazer offers an alternative treatment for those with excessive armpit sweating: retrodermal curettage. Retrodermal curettage surgery is often referred to as the “new-old” method because it is performed like liposuction. This procedure involves removing the sweat glands using suction to provide patients with dry armpits and improve their quality of life.

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Benefits

  • Resolves compensatory sweating
  • Provides long-lasting results
  • No follow-up treatments needed
  • Can eliminate chronic body odor
  • Allows patients to feel more confident

Candidates

Ideal candidates interested in undergoing retrodermal curettage surgery must be in good health and have realistic expectations of the procedure. Dr. Grazer will assess your condition during your scheduled consultation to determine if you can benefit from retrodermal curettage surgery.

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Procedure

Retrodermal curettage surgery is performed on an outpatient basis using twilight anesthesia to help minimize pain and bleeding. Incisions are created under the armpit along the chest wall. The tissues under both armpits are then scraped, and a specialized tool removes the sweat glands in a diagonal sweep. Once both armpits have been addressed, a dose of antibiotic fluid is injected into the incisions, which are then stitched closed.

Recovery and Results

Following your procedure, you will experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. However, these side effects should resolve after one week. Painkillers will be prescribed to you to help minimize pain. Shortly after your surgery, you will be asked to return for a follow-up visit to monitor the progress of your healing and address any concerns you may have. Make sure to avoid all strenuous activities for four weeks to allow your underarms to heal properly.

Risks and Side Effects

As with most surgical procedures, there are some risks involved with retrodermal curettage. These include:

  • Infection
  • Changes in sensation
  • Occasional skin loss
  • Fibrotic bands
  • Discoloration and hardening of the skin