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Acta Dermatovenerol Croat. 2005;13(4):212-8.

Surgical treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis with liposuction equipment: risks and benefits.

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Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, University of Medicine, Wrocław, Poland.


Axillary hyperhidrosis poses a serious problem to the affected patients. So far, the conservative measures employed seem to be disappointing, operations with axillary skin excision, undermining and/or skin reconstruction may cause secondary functional and cosmetic problems, whereas botulinum A toxin injections need to be repeated frequently. The aim of this study was to establish the safety, efficacy, and durability of subdermal (subcorial) suction sweat gland curettage in the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis. So far, the method seems to be devoid of possible risks and drawbacks. In the last 4.5 years, 15 patients with axillary hyperhidrosis were operated on with the use of liposuction tools. First operations were performed in general anesthesia, then in tumescent anesthesia. The procedure of suction curettage was performed with the use of 3- to 4-mm wide liposuction cannulas. The patients were closely monitored during early stages of the healing process; then they were evaluated at 1 and 3 months, and finally at 1-4 years of the operation, when they were asked to assess the effects of the operation. Four patients had recurrence of the disease within 3 months; three of them were reoperated on, with good result. At 1-4 years of the operation, all our responders (ten of 15 patients) stated that the disease had completely subsided. The following complications were observed during the process of healing: hematomas, transient skin unevenness, and partial skin flap necrosis. In conclusion, subdermal suction curettage seems to be superior to botulinum A toxin injections by the effect durability, and to the surgical methods with skin excision and undermining by the probably lower complication rates.

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