Cutting to the Sweat of the Matter, Surgeon Ends Sweat in One-of-a-Kind Procedure, Titanium Clips Included - No Sweat!

Share Article

The Days of Sweaty Palms, Sweaty Feet, Sweaty Face, and Sweaty Underarms - Medically Recognized as Hyperhidrosis - are Over According to Surgeon Farshad Malekmehr, M.D.

Did you know the medical condition for excessive sweating is called Hyperhidrosis? Did you also know there is now available a one-of-a-kind surgical procedure offered by Los Angeles-based Farshad Malekmehr M.D. to end all sweat? No sweat! "Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is a common disorder affecting many people," states Dr. Malekmehr.

"Sweating is often uncontrollable, embarrassing and not anticipated. Normal sweating is needed for thermal regulation, however with people suffering from hyperhidrosis, the sweating exceeds the body's need for physiological thermal regulation."

While there are various forms of treatment available for hyperhidrosis - whether it is sweaty palms (palmar hyperhidrosis, the most common form), sweaty face (facial hyperhidrosis), sweaty underarm (axillary hyperhidrosis), or sweaty feet (pedal hyperhidrosis) - Dr. Malekmehr provides the most effective way to remove severe hyperhidrosis with a treatment called Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathicotomy (ETS).

ETS is an outpatient procedure that interrupts the overactive sympathetic nerves which cause excessive sweating and facial blushing. In the clipping technique of ETS, a titanium clip is placed across the nerves to decrease the conduction through the sympathetic nerves.

Has this happened to you? Facial Blushing (erythrophobia), a sudden reddening of the face which happens in response to certain social situations; quite embarrassing for most. Facial blushing has been associated with an overactive sympathetic nervous system, and has been treated effectively with ETS. "Facial blushing could be stimulated by either speaking to another person, giving public presentations, or simply being in a crowd," says Dr. Malekmehr. "These individuals are aware of the blushing but cannot control it which can be highly embarrassing and a handicap in attaining their social and career goals." Sufferers also experience prolonged facial heat and a bright red glow that may be misinterpreted as a sign of illness.

Hyperhidrosis is an inherited problem that has been seen in almost every ethnic group. People don't get used to living with hyperhidrosis but they continue to suffer throughout their lives from it. Hyperhidrosis can have severe physiological consequences such as cold and clammy hands, dehydration, and skin infections secondary to maceration of the skin. Hyperhidrosis can also have devastating emotional effects on one's individual life.

Hyperhidrosis also has severe negative psychological consequences. Unfortunately friends and relatives of affected individuals, including even most doctors, usually do not understand the tremendous negative impact this condition can have on one's life.

Until now, little has been known about social phobias and anxiety to this degree. Social phobia is a common disorder affecting 10% of the population. It is described as an unreasonable fear of public scrutiny. Social phobia has a complex etiology and has been treated with various forms of medications and psychotherapy. However, ETS has recently also been used in the treatment of physical signs associated with social phobias.

As demonstrated in the following figure (see link below), ETS breaks the sweat cycle by preventing the physical signs induced by cognitive symptoms:

Although ETS does not directly affect the cognitive aspect of social phobia, many patients who have undergone the procedure have seen improvement in their lives due to a decrease in these physical signs and a consequent break of the social phobia vicious cycle.

As Dr. Malekmehr further explains, "Affected people are constantly aware of their condition and try to modify their lifestyle to accommodate this problem. Hyperhidrosis can be disabling in professional, academic and social life, causing daily embarrassments. Many routine tasks become impossible chores, which can psychologically drain these individuals on a constant basis."

Take the first step in breaking the sweat cycle and visit:

# # #

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Tany Soussana
Visit website