Sweat Gland Suction at Park-Klinik Birkenwerder/Berlin
Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) can strongly impede the social life of affected persons. Sweat gland suction is a relatively recent medical procedure that is used successfully in hyperhidrosis. It can significantly and sustainably reduce the amount of sweat produced.
Whereas normal sweating is a natural and important body function, hyperhidrosis impairs the quality of life of affected persons. Their bodies uncontrollably produce an excessive amount of sweat and this sweat production is independent of surrounding cold or heat or of time of day or year.
Stress is often considered to be the cause of hyperhidrosis but unfortunately successful stress management does not always lead to decreased sweat secretion. The efficacy of muscle relaxants only lasts for half a year up to a year and only the removal of sweat glands in the armpits through suction or excision offers a lasting solution for increased sweating. Our staff at Park-Klink Birkenwerder/Berlin offers both procedures.
However, a non-surgical treatment attempt should always precede a possible suction or excision of sweat glands.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for a personal consultation. Our surgeons will review, explain in detail, and discuss your options regarding »hiperhydrosis« at Park-Klinik Birkenwerder/Berlin.
The treatment of hyperhidrosis at Park-Klink Birkenwerder/Berlin
- Without anaesthesia, muscle relaxants are subcutaneously injected into the skin of the armpit and block the nervous excitation of sweat glands. This effect lasts for approx. half a year up to a year and there are no significant side effects. However, the medication is very expensive and thus this type of procedure is very costly.
- The surgical removal of the skin of the armpits is the most radical and most thorough solution. All skin containing sweat glands is removed and the ensuing defect covered by neighbouring skin flaps and closed by a zigzag shaped suture. In this procedure, poor wound-healing which may occasionally last for weeks can occur.
- The suction of sweat glands is less radical, but the risk of not completely suppressing sweat secretion is slightly higher. Specialised suction cannulas are inserted through two small incisions on both sides of the arm pit. They destroy sweat glands that are then removed with a special instrument for curettage. As half of the cells are located in the skin, a renewed though far smaller sweat secretion is to be expected after half a year to one year, which is the time it takes for destroyed nerve cells to recover.
What are the complications that can occur in sweat gland suction?
In sweat gland suction, the complications are lower than in their radical removal. Especially the scars produced are hardly visible.
Sweat gland suction can lead to haematoma and lymph secretion that might require a puncture.