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Laser Technique May Help Axillary Osmidrosis

Subcutaneous laser treatment used to ablate sweat glands in 17 patients

TUESDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Ablation of sweat glands using a pulsed neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet, 1064-nm laser system may help alleviate axillary osmidrosis, according to the results of a small study published in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Kota Ichikawa, M.D., of Tokai University School of Medicine in Kanagawa, Japan, and colleagues reviewed the use of laser lipoplasty with the SmartLipo laser on 17 patients (14 women and three men) who ranged in age from 19 to 44 years and had bilateral axillary osmidrosis.

Of 12 patients who were followed-up over six months, all were satisfied with the results, which were measured by effectiveness, odor and limitations on social activities, the researchers report. Moderate to mild hair loss was reported in all patients, but only two displayed any skin erosion.

"Further studies are required for basic research and long-term analyses. With adequate selection of patients, subcutaneous laser treatment can be a new option for treating axillary osmidrosis," the authors write.

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