Treatment

PRE-PROCEDURE

4-6 days prior to the practice

  • Please remove hair from both underarms 4-6 days prior to the procedure. By the time of the procedure, you will have small hair grown that will be useful to identify the area that needs to be treated.
  • In case you forget to shave your armpits, a reschedule is recommended. You will receive a new date to carry out the procedure.

The day of the procedure you need to wear:

  • A clean top with loose armholes.
  • Tank tops, camisole or sports bras for women.
  • Tank tops for men, who can also stay shirtless.

During the Procedure:

  • Duration of the procedure from 60 to 75 minutes.
  • Patients can bring a portable music player and earphones to listen to music during the process.
  • In the end, the doctor will explain the after-effects which include swelling and redness in the area that was treated, that can last a few days or weeks.
  • You will be recommended to apply ice for the first days and take mild pain medication to ease the swelling and ache, if necessary. 
  • It is important for you to keep the treated area clean. Use water and liquid soap. You also need to wear loose fitting tops for a few days following the procedure. Try not to shave, use deodorant or antiperspirants during this period.
  • Any rigorous activity, like working out, should be paused for a couple of days after the procedure.

POST-PROCEDURE

Congratulations! You made a great decision to stop excessive underarm sweating! Just keep a couple of things in mind:

  • Right after the procedure, you will notice a reduction in your underarm sweat. In some cases, patients experience a considerable reduction but not complete elimination of their underarm sweat. In average, patients reduce their sweat to 82% in just two treatments.
  • You may also experience a reduction of your armpit hair; there’s usually an average reduction of 70% of such hair in most patients.
  • Underarms and surrounding areas may feel numb for a couple of hours after the procedure. Don’t worry! It’s a normal side-effect.

For your recovery, it is recommended to:

  • Ice the treated area as soon as possible. To do that, wrap ice packs in a towel to avoid frostbite and continue applying the ice for the next few days. Swelling might last up to 2 weeks.
  • Use a non-prescription anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen, for example. This will reduce the discomfort and inflammation that patients usually experience for the initial days after the procedure.
  • While healing from the procedure, keep your armpits clean using liquid soap twice a day.
  • You may experience some sensibility in your underarms for up to two weeks. Please:
    • Don’t shave until the sensibility eased enough to a level that is comfortable for you.
    • Try not to use deodorant or antiperspirant for the first few days. Don’t apply on irritated skin.
    • Prevent irritation on your underarms by wearing a loose top for the following days after the procedure.
    • Stop any vigorous activity for a few days.
  • Prevent infections by applying an antibiotic ointment.

There are some other minor effects that may last a few weeks: inflammation in the arm and torso; numbness or tingling in the skin; bruising or redness in the armpit and surrounding area; bumps under the skin or darkening. These effects should eventually disappear. Partial hair loss might be long term.

Small blisters may develop in the treated area, although that’s not common. Keep those areas clean and apply an antibiotic ointment like Polysporin.

Call the doctor if you:

  • Experience signs of infection like increasing swelling, heat, pain or redness.
  • Feel considerable pain and can’t get relief using the pain medication recommended in this list.
  • Suffer redness, severe swelling, or bruising that doesn’t heal after two weeks
  • Sense any weakness in your fingers or arms.