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Subdermal Laser for Axillary Hyperhidrosis - Pilot Study is Promising

By: Hratch Karamanoukian, MD and Raffy Karamanoukian, MD

July 30, 2008

Subdermal (Under the Skin) Laser to Treat Axillary Hyperhidrosis Has Been Shown to be Successful in a Pilot Study

Researchers at the Clinica Goldman of Plastic Surgery, Porto Alegre, Brazil have investigated the clinical effectiveness of a subdermal (under the skin) 1064 nm Nd-YAG laser to treat axillary hyperhidrosis.

Objective improvement was measured with iodine starch test and planimetry in 17 patients in a seminal pilot study. The study was conducted between 2002 and 2007. The lead author of this study, Dr. Goldman reported that the “treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis using the 1,064-nm Nd-YAG laser has the advantage of [being] a minor invasive procedure without leaving large scars and [not] causing temporary impairment. The laser proved to be effective and safe. Although the laser treatment has shown promising results in this pilot trial, further studies are necessary for final conclusions”.
Dr. Karamanoukian’s comment – this is a novel study which may have significant utility in the future. Dr. Golman has used laser technology in a novel way to treat hyperhidrosis of the axilla, which is a debilitating condition for many in the U.S.
For more information about hyperhidrosis contact Dr. H Karamanoukian at and Dr. Raffy at
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For more information about hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) , as well as surgical and non-surgical hyperhidrosis treatment options, contact Dr. Karamanoukian at The Center for Excessive Sweating, a National Center of Excellence for Hyperhidrosis Treatment by email or by phone at (716) 839-3638.

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