How do I prepare for perspiration reduction surgery?
Your surgeon will provide thorough preoperative instructions, answer any questions you may have before your surgery, take a detailed medical history, and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for surgery.
In advance of your hyperhidrosis surgery, your surgeon may ask you to:
- Stop smoking before undergoing surgery to promote better healing.
- Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding.
- Hydrate before and after surgery for safe recovery.
- Discontinue any topical skin products that might increase your risk of complications from treatment.
Perspiration reduction treatments are usually outpatient procedures. Some treatments may cause discomfort after, and you may need someone to drive you home.
What can I expect the day of my perspiration reduction procedure?
Be sure to consult with your surgeon before your treatment so you have the most accurate expectations.
- You may have your perspiration reduction in an accredited hospital, free-standing ambulatory facility, or office-based surgical suite.
- Your surgeon will first offer you a topical numbing agent and clean the area with alcohol.
- The surgeon will perform an iodine starch test or another test to determine the affected areas and mark the areas most affected by excessive sweating.
- Following this preparation, your aesthetic plastic surgeon will follow a predetermined course of treatment, either non-surgical or surgical.
- You will most likely be awake during your procedure.
You likely can go home after a short observation period unless you and your aesthetic plastic surgeon have made other plans for your immediate post-treatment recovery.