Initial Post Procedure Thoughts - Marina Del Rey, CA

Like most i've suffered from axillary...

Like most i've suffered from axillary hyperhidrosis since my mid 20's, but unlike most approximately 6 years ago I opted for the Micro ETS surgury. Unfortunately for me the results were less than satisfactory - not only did my axillary symptoms worsen, but it it actually triggered sweating in my feet, back of my knees, chest, and lower back. Following that procedure I was less than motivated to undertake any additional procedures. Fast forward to last week ... I stumbled upon this site and weighed the cost of adding to the already $10,000 invested in the ETS surgery - the reviews sealed the deal. I booked the procedure and finished round one this past Tuesday.

Like most my preparation was only slightly uncomfortable regarding the injections, but it i'm sure we'd all agree if the end result was successful I would have happily tolerated much much more.

What I didn't expect was the post procedure swelling - to be fair I had a client meeting and didn't start icing until almost 8 hours later, big mistake. The swelling was akin to having a lemon shaped water ballon under my arms and felt as if they were burning. So much so I decided to take the following day off of work.

[SEE ENCLOSED PHOTOS TAKEN 9 HOURS AFTER PROCEDURE]

At any rate i've not had any episodes of sweat since, but to be honest i'm attributing that to the fact that they are still swollen and constantly on ice. The true test will be once things return back to normal.

On the positive side, i had a fantastic experience with my Dr and the staff - they made the process extremely tolerable given the circumstances. I appreciated that both the Dr and prep nurse had the procedure performed and were able to give me a more accurate idea of what to expect.

I'll be sure to post updates as they occur - if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Day 6: Update

Since my initial post I thought I would update the community on my progress as it pertains to sweating and swelling.

Happily i'm able to report that i've not experienced any episodes despite the warming temperatures in souther California. My underarms are still very numb and have little to no feeling in some areas, which causes me concern, not because I care if I have sensation there, but rather the thought of if I do regain feeling will the sweating come along with it.

As for swelling, you can see from my initial photos that it was localized to the immediate underarm area. In following days it progressed to my chest, elbows, biceps, and even to my abdominal region. Was this natural or the result of the fact I typically carry a loaded backpack to my office and as such applied pressure and stress to my shoulders and underarms? Who knows ... but the swelling is reducing over time. I stopped ice treatment after the second day, but still take an OTC anti-inflammatory.

Anyway there is a quick update - if you have any questions please feel free to let me know.

On a positive note its been a bit awkward to fight the subconscious inclination to layer cloths, pick the black shirt, or stay in on warm days. Its a battle I enjoy fighting and hope it continues without incident.

Day 12

Thought I would provide a quick update as day 12 comes to an end. I'm fortunate to say that this far I've had no incident despite warm Southern California weather and intense workouts. The swelling is mostly gone and all that remains is a few clusters of bumps which remain under the skin - I'm told these will also fade with time. The only noticeable change for the worse is the return of a sore tight feeling when raising my arms - it's nothing horrific but noticeable none the less.

Fingers are still crossed but so far so good!
Carla Lovato

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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