Despite the fact that we are all, once again, freezing our asses off here in NYC, there’s big news in the world of sweat reduction.
ABC News and Good Morning America reported yesterday about a new laser treatment called Axilase, which can supposedly significantly and permanently reduce how much you sweat.
Before you throw away your deodorant, there are a few caveats. It’s used for hyperhydrosis, which is a condition in which you sweat excessively, and you have to have failed other more conventional therapies. So if your only issue is that you want to look cute at the gym and not sweat, you’re probably not a candidate.
There’s currently only one doctor in the country who’s performing it. Dr. Mitchell Chasin, located in New Jersey, has only treated 20 patients, so long-term effects of the treatment aren’t known, but initial results look promising. The laser treatment is performed in an office setting under local anesthesia; it takes about an hour and a half to complete.
In the past your choices for treatment were oral medications with bad side effects, electric currents, and more recently, Botox injections. Botox has good results, but it wears off after a few months and requires about 20 shots in each pit, according to MedicineNet. Ouch.
So what can you do if you don’t have a severe sweating problem, but would like to wear white silk this summer? Secret Clinical Strength antiperspirant/deodorant is a miracle product and comes in different scents and formulations and unlike prescription deodorants, you can get it at any drugstore. And if you have a situation where you absolutely cannot have sweat stains (let’s say you’re marrying Princess Di’s son) try Hollywood Behind the Seams garment shields. They’re basically like maxi-pads for your pits.
So, as they say, stay cool.