Sweating is the body’s natural cooling system which protects us from overheating.
There are two types of sweat glands located just below the surface of the skin: eccrine glands and apocrine glands. The eccrine glands secrete a clear, odorless fluid that helps cool the body. The body loses heat when this fluid evaporates into the air. The apocrine sweat glands produce a thicker fluid that helps decrease friction in areas such as the underarms.
When the fluid secreted by the apocrine glands comes into contact with bacteria on the skin, an unpleasant smell is produced, causing “body odor.”
There are several factors that can affect how much a person sweats, including gender, environmental temperature, anxiety, and the number of sweat glands a person has. Some people also have overactive sweat glands, producing much more sweat than what’s needed to cool the body. People with excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can produce up to four or five times more sweat than normal.
While the amount of sweat that’s considered normal can vary greatly from person to person, excessive sweating has a few telltale signs. For example, if you sweat while sitting calmly at your desk, if you sweat excessively from only one area of your body such as your armpits, or if you find yourself sweating even in cool temperatures. Try our self-assessment tool to see if you might be suffering from excessive sweating.
Yes. While both conditions are related to the body’s sweat glands, not everyone with excessive sweating has strong body odor, and not everyone with body odor suffers from excessive sweating. They are two separate conditions, but both can be treated effectively with Alma SweatX.
Alma SweatX is a completely new type of treatment for excessive sweating and body odor. It is a safe, painless, and clinically proven solution that can be performed in your physician’s office- without the use of drugs, toxins or surgical incisions.
Alma SweatX works by delivering precisely controlled thermal energy to the treatment area and deactivating the sweat glands. The surrounding tissue remains unaffected.
Only 2% of your sweat glands are located in your underarms, so the treatment does not negatively affect your body’s natural ability to sweat.
Before your first treatment, a special iodine solution will be applied to the affected areas to see where excessive sweating occurs. Once results are obtained, your physician will use a special applicator to apply thermal energy to the treatment areas.
For the underarm areas, the procedure takes about 10 minutes per underarm. No special preparations are needed before your appointment.
You may feel a warming sensation during the treatment, but it should be completely painless.
Improvement is often seen after only one treatment, though up to 4 treatments are recommended for optimal results.
Since the procedure is painless and there are no side effects, you can resume your normal activities immediately after treatment. You may need to come in for additional treatments at time intervals determined by your doctor.
Most patients notice a reduction in the amount of sweating immediately after their first treatment, with continued reduction visible in the weeks that follow. After the treatment series, your doctor will ask you to come in for a follow-up appointment to determine whether additional treatment sessions are needed.
No. The Alma SweatX treatment has no side effects and is pain free.
No. The treatment does not cause you to sweat more in other areas of your body, that is, there is no “compensatory sweating”.
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