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Burgess Plastic Surgery | Portland, OR Area

Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)

Hyperhidrosis is a condition of excessive sweating, beyond what is required for regulating body temperature. Specific body parts can be affected, such as the hands, feet, armpits, face, or the body in general. The problem can occur at different times of day, including the middle of the night.

In any case, hyperhidrosis is a potentially embarrassing disorder that can affect a person’s emotional, physical, and social well-being. Luckily, there are a number of treatment options available for this distressing condition, including topical and oral medications, surgery, and even Botox injections.

The onset of focal primary hyperhidrosis usually occurs during childhood or adolescence, and is often inherited. Secondary hyperhidrosis, however, is associated with disorders such as chronic infection, malignancy, neurologic and endocrine disorders, and spinal cord injuries.

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Treatment options for Excessive Sweating in Portland

There are several treatment options for hyperhidrosis, which may include topical medication, oral medication, or iontophoresis. However, Botox Cosmetics is being used more and more often as a treatment for hyperhidrosis and is FDA approved for this use. The same purified botulinum toxin that blocks the nerves to muscles in the face in cosmetic uses, allowing wrinkles to relax and disappear, works to block the nerves that trigger sweat glands.

How to Find a Solution to Your Sweating Problem

The treatments for hyperhidrosis are numerous, and each comes with advantages and disadvantages. At the office of Portland plastic surgeon Dr. Burgess, you can work together to determine the best treatment (or combination of treatments) for your specific case of hyperhidrosis.

If you are concerned about excessive sweating and are interested in seeking treatment, or are curious about the available treatment options, please call us at (503) 699-6464. We are happy to set up a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Burgess. She is board certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and the American Board of Surgeons, and is a member of the American Medical Association. Our office is less than 20 minutes south of downtown Portland in Lake Oswego.

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