Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis Surgical

Sweating is a natural phenomenon. The human body starts sweating whenever its temperature increases. Sweating is how the human body cools itself. It is also seen as a sign of nervousness.

It’s normal to sweat heavily in hot weather or during runs and heavy workouts. But sweating without any physical activity or excessive sweating is abnormal.

Excessive sweating happens due to a condition called hyperhidrosis.

What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition where a person sweats excessively, to the extent that it soaks a person’s clothes or drips off their hands. A person suffering from hyperhidrosis may sweat randomly, even in cold temperatures.

Fortunately, hyperhidrosis is treatable. BM Cosmetic, the best cosmetic clinic in Chennai, has the facilities and expertise required to treat this condition and improve the patient’s life.

Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis

As mentioned before, hyperhidrosis is characterised by excessive sweating. When a person sweats, they may experience one or all of the following symptoms.

  • Wet skin
  • Damp clothing
  • Sweat dripping off the cheeks or forehead

The problem with hyperhidrosis is that there are high chances of it leading to other conditions. Hyperhidrosis, when left untreated, can lead to

  • Itching
  • Inflammation
  • Body odour
  • Cracked or peeling skin on feet
  • Paleness or discolouration of the skin

The intensity of the symptoms will vary from person to person. Some may show symptoms once in a while, and others may experience sweating all the time. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, your best bet is to visit BM Cosmetic, an NABH-accredited aesthetic centre with the best cosmetic surgeons in Chennai.

Impact of Hyperhidrosis

Excessive sweating has the capability of ruining a person’s life. Constantly sweating all the time often causes major inconveniences for the person. It may be a reason for anxiety, causing the person to withdraw from activities in which they would have participated otherwise.

Additionally, hyperhidrosis can also cause embarrassment. People may find it difficult to do things as simple as lift their arms or shake hands.

Types of Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is classified into two types. They are

  • Primary hyperhidrosis
  • Secondary hyperhidrosis

Primary Hyperhidrosis

This type of hyperhidrosis is caused by defective nerve signals. The fault in the nerve signals causes the eccrine sweat glands to be hyperactive. Primary hyperhidrosis is often seen in the palms, soles, and underarms.

There are also chances that it may occur on a person’s face. Primary hyperhidrosis is the most common type of hyperhidrosis and affects people younger than 25. Primary hyperhidrosis is easily treated at BM Cosmetic, the best place for cosmetic surgery in Chennai.

Secondary Hyperhidrosis

Secondary hyperhidrosis happens as a reaction to the conditions listed below.

  • An underlying medical condition
  • The side effects of a medication
  • Menopausal hot flashes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Infections
  • Nervous system disorders

Medications like pain relievers, antidepressants, and medicines for diabetes or hormonal conditions can also cause secondary hyperhidrosis.

Hyperhidrosis – Triggers

Sweating is the body’s natural reaction when its temperature rises. An increase in body temperature happens in warm climates or during strenuous activity.

The two reasons aside, emotions like stress, fear, anxiety, or nervousness also cause a person to sweat. Additionally, consuming the following types also causes a person to sweat.

  • Spicy foods
  • Fatty foods
  • Sugary foods
  • Salty foods
  • Foods with high protein content
  • Beverages like coffee and alcohol

Procedure for Hyperhidrosis at BM Cosmetic, the Best Cosmetic Clinic in Chennai

Hyperhidrosis can severely impact a person’s life. They will find it difficult to socialise and wear the clothes they’re confident in. In such cases, an endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy at BM Cosmetic is the recommended procedure.

Home to the top cosmetic surgeons in Chennai, BM Cosmetic ensures that those suffering from hyperhidrosis can recover and lead a normal life.

Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy

Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) is a surgical procedure to treat hyperhidrosis. It is a minimally invasive procedure that treats excessive sweating in not just the palms but other parts of the body as well.

During ETS, a surgeon will cut off the sympathetic nerves, the nerves that control sweating.

Pre-Surgery Precautions

Like any surgery, ETS has a set of precautions one must follow before the surgery. This ensures that the surgery and the recovery go smoothly.

Before opting for an ETS at BM Cosmetic, the best cosmetic clinic in Chennai, make sure to follow the precautions mentioned below.

  1. The patient must inform their surgeon about any complications, like pregnancy.
  2. The surgeon must be informed of the medications, supplements, vitamins, and herbs the patient is taking, with or without a prescription.
  3. The patient is expected to stop consuming blood-thinning drugs like aspirin.
  4. The patient shouldn’t smoke and is expected to stop as it interferes with healing.
  5. The patient must follow the surgeon’s instructions on when and when not to eat or drink.

The ETS Procedure Done by the Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Chennai

The entire procedure takes anywhere between 1 and 3 hours. The following steps are followed during an ETS.

  1. The patient is given general anaesthesia. This puts them to sleep during the procedure.
  2. The surgeon makes 2 or 3 incisions under the arm on the side that is prone to excessive sweating.
  3. The lung on the side being operated on is deflated to prevent the movement of air during the surgery. This is done to give the surgeon more room to work with.
  4. An endoscope (a small camera) is inserted into the incision. The video from the endoscope is shown on a monitor in the operating room. The surgeon refers to this monitor throughout the surgery.
  5. Smaller tools that are used to perform the surgery are inserted into the incision.
  6. The surgeon finds the nerves responsible for excessive sweating using the smaller tools. These nerves are either cut, clipped, or destroyed.
  7. The lung is restored (inflated).
  8. The surgeon uses sutures to close the incision sites.
  9. The process is repeated on the other side of the body that is prone to excess sweating.

The surgeon will leave a small drainage tube in the chest. The tube must be left inside for at least a day.

Post Surgery Care

A patient who has undergone an ETS will have to spend a night at the hospital. The surgeon will recommend pain medication, as some pain is expected. Additionally, the patient has to follow the instructions mentioned below.

  • The incision site must stay dry and clean.
  • The incision must either be covered with bandages or a skin adhesive. The patient must take extra care when cleaning them.
  • The patient can shower or bathe only if their surgeon instructs them to.
  • The patient must visit the surgeon occasionally to make sure the healing process is going as expected. During these visits, the surgeon will also analyse whether the surgery was successful.

Hyperhidrosis is a condition that has adverse effects on a person’s life. In addition to the physical discomfort, the person may suffer from emotional distress as well. The effects of hyperhidrosis may force a person into new routines or clothing choices that they may not like.

Excessive sweating is treatable. You don’t have to suffer in silence. Book an appointment with BM Cosmetic, an NABH-accredited aesthetic centre favoured by celebrities for cosmetic surgery in Chennai.

As the best cosmetic clinic in Chennai, the 10-year-old clinic has technologically advanced equipment to perform any type of plastic and cosmetic surgery with pinpoint precision. Call +91 9952099620 and book an appointment today. We’re open 7 days a week and offer online consultations as well.

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