Frequently Asked Questions about Hyperhidrosis Treatment
What are the results?
What is the recovery period?
What kind of anesthesia is used?
What are the risks of surgery?
What are side effects of surgery?
Compensatory sweating (compensatory hydrosis or reflex sweating) is the most bothersome side effect. Compensatory sweating is experienced as excessive sweating on the back, abdomen, thighs, and/or lower legs. This should be expected to a certain degree in all patients, and it ranges from mild to severe. 3% - 5% of patients will experience more severe compensatory sweating. Severe compensatory sweating or severe compensatory hyperhidrosis will make those patients unhappy. Severe compensatory sweating can be defined as very troublesome especially when it soaks through the clothing. It is a difficult situation especially in hot humid summer days. So far attempts to find a common thread among those patients who develop severe compensatory sweating has not yet yielded any concrete answers.
However, most patients who develop mild to moderate compensatory sweating say that they are not troubled by this extra perspiration and it is preferable to sweaty palms. On the other hand those patients who develop severe compensatory sweating will complain about this excessive extra sweating especially in hot humid weather or certain anxious situations. A short time after the operation, 3-1/2 to 4 days, some patients will have a temporary recurrence of sweating on their palms. This is a short-lived phenomenon that might last for half a day.
Dr. Lajam will discuss this with you before surgery. Don't be afraid to ask any questions you have.
Fouad E. Lajam, MD