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Excessive Sweating Targeted by New Procedure

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Everyone sweats but for some people the problem is so severe that they do not even want to leave their homes.

“It’s really emotional.  It’s stressful,” said Briana Bernyk, who suffers from sweating so severely that she even skipped her high school prom.

“I didn’t want to go through the whole hassle of picking out a dress, so I blew it off,” she told ABC's Good Morning America.

Bernyk, 20, of Massachusetts, sweats so profusely under her armpits that she often has to throw shirts away after one use and wears layers to better protect herself.  She also uses just one color in her wardrobe, black, in order to camouflage her ailment.

“From sweatshirts to fancy shirts, everything I have is black,” she said.

After trying topical solutions and even Botox to help lighten her sweating, Bernyk turned to what is being heralded as the latest fix for underarm sweating, a procedure known as miraDry.

“It’s not that they don’t sweat at all.  They just sweat like a normal person,” Dr. Michael Kaminer, a Boston-based cosmetic surgeon and the managing partner of SkinCare Physicians who performed the procedure on Bernyk, said of the results.

The nonsurgical procedure became available to patients in January after being approved by the Food and Drug Administration last year.  While the patient’s armpit is placed under local anesthesia, microwave energy is used to melt the as many as 33,000 sweat glands in the armpits to stop the patient’s hyperhidrosis, the medical term for excessive sweating.

The company behind the procedure, Miramar Labs Inc. in Sunnyvale, Calif., says, on average, the overall volume of sweat is reduced by an average of 82 percent and lasts for nearly one year, according to its website.

Some medical experts say they are waiting for longer-term, independent data on the procedure, which can cost between $2,500 and $3,000 for two sessions and is not covered by insurance.

For Bernyk and other patients, the results speak for themselves.

“Now it’s just exciting to go out.  I can wear what I want,” she said.  “Before I was nervous about going out…uncomfortable and always in a cover up….[Now] I can hold them [my arms] on my hips and I can fix my hair in public.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Can New Procedure Cure Chronic Underarm Sweat?

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(BRIDGEWATER, N.J.) -- It happens at the worst possible times -- during exams, at job interviews, on first dates -- and there's seemingly nothing that can be done about it.  The problem: excessive underarm sweat.

For some people, it's a minor nuisance on hot summer days or in stressful situations.  But, for others, it can be a lifelong problem they are unable to control.

Kris Marra has been struggling with hyperhidrosis since she was 12.  She says that she sweats profusely from her underarms; all day long, every day.

"When I'm nervous, it's the worst," she said.  "I'm pretty nervous socially, so a lot of times when I'm with a group of people, I'll be sweating.  When I'm in class I sweat.  The only time I'm not sweating is when I'm sleeping."

Sweating is a perfectly natural way to help cool the body.  But for the millions of people who suffer from hyperhidrosis, it happens all the time as their sweat glands consistently go into overdrive.

With remedies and prescriptions failing to solve Marra's problem, she's now ready to solve it for good with a new surgery called Axilase, a procedure that uses a laser to destroy the sweat glands.

Dr. Mitchell Chasin of Bridgewater, New Jersey, is the only doctor in the U.S. performing the minor surgery.  So far, only 20 patients have tried it, which, Chasin says, is better than Botox injections.

"It's performed in an office setting, takes about an hour to an hour and a half to perform.  Patients are treated with local aesthetic, leave the office feeling perfectly well," Chasin told ABC News.

The procedure, which costs about $3,000, is not for everyone.  People with diabetes, immune and clotting disorders are not good candidates for the surgery.

Not to mention that there are risks that come with Axilase, but they are the risks that are typical of most surgeries, including infection and bruising.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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