While excessive sweating--also known as hyperhidrosis--is a common enough condition, anyone who's dealt with it knows that long-term solutions other than the consistent use of products, such as medical-grade deodorant and antiperspirants, are hard to come by. If you or a loved one has been dealing with hyperhidrosis, a new solution is available now! Fractora, offered now by Dr. Jeanne Fitzsimmons at Anazao MD, is effective in the treatment of excessive sweating.
What Is Fractora?
Fractora is a minimally invasive skincare treatment that makes use of fractional coagulation and volumetric heating simultaneously. It's incredibly safe and requires no recovery period. The only active element of the process is the application of RF electromagnetic radiation via a wand with evenly spaced pins which at no point during the treatment penetrate the skin. These RF energies are used to affect parts of the skin below the surface without the need for a single cut.
How Does It Treat Excessive Sweating?
Although typically used to address surface-level skincare concerns such as wrinkling and sagging, the same RF energies involved in that process can also be applied to treat excessive sweating. Rather than stimulating the collagen and regenerative abilities of cells in the face, the RF energies are instead used to deactivate sweat glands in the area that is most difficult to manage in people with hyperhidrosis: the underarm area.
Where other long-term treatment options typically involve injections or the repeated application of products, using Fractora to treat excessive sweating usually requires only one therapy session and provides long-term relief.
Will This Treatment Work for Me?
If you experience excessive sweating in the underarm area, this treatment is for you! However, parts of the body other than the underarm area cannot be treated with this method, as the flat and even surface of skin in the underarm area is most ideal for the application of RF energy. A consultation with our skincare expert, Dr. Jeanne, will allow him to determine whether or not treatment will be effective for you.
How Long Does a Treatment Session Take?
One Fractora treatment session for hyperhidrosis typically takes as little as 45 minutes. This makes it extremely easy to schedule around lunch breaks or in between dropping kids off at school, and as the treatment requires no recovery time, you can get right back into your daily routine with no discomfort or aftercare concerns.
Will I Need More Than One Treatment Session?
Most people only need one session, however, depending on your skin type and how reactive your skin is to the treatment, you may be required to return for up to three additional treatments, usually spaced about four weeks apart from each other. This approach tends to achieve the best results for people with particularly difficult cases of hyperhidrosis.
How Long Will the Results Last?
The results achieved following just one treatment session are permanent and do not require continuous treatment to remain effective. This aspect of the treatment stands in stark contrast to other popular treatments for excessive sweating, like the injection of BOTOX, which achieves a similar result in deactivating sweat-producing glands in the skin.
With BOTOX injections, continued reapplication of the toxin to the skin is necessary roughly every 9-12 months indefinitely. Fractora is a significantly safer and more permanent option for those seeking a natural, easy, and less invasive way to treat their hyperhidrosis.
Does This Treatment Hurt?
As a minimally invasive procedure, the treatment process is painless, and only warmth and tingling in the areas of application should be expected. To ensure the comfort and safety of clients, a topical numbing cream may be applied to the target areas. It's an ideal treatment option for those who are seeking a pain-free alternative to other typically painful semi-permanent sweat reduction methods, with the perk of actually being permanent: no needles, no lasers, no pain, no recovery time.
When Can I Expect to See Results?
In the weeks following your initial treatment session, sweat production will decrease gradually until sweat production in the underarm areas reaches as much as an 80% reduction roughly two weeks after treatment.
Are There Any Side Effects?
After receiving this treatment, the only side effects you may encounter are a temporary hyperpigmentation of the treated areas. As the RF energies involved are completely natural and the skin remains intact during the treatment, there is little risk for any complications. Most people go straight about their day and normal life activities without any issues. However, a skin consultation is still necessary before seeking treatment to maximize comfort during treatment as well as ensure the utmost safety of your skin.
Stop Excessive Sweating at the Source
As frustrating and expensive as excessive sweating in the underarms can be, the solution is here. This treatment makes it possible to reduce sweating drastically, often to the point that any additional deodorants and antiperspirants can be removed from your routine entirely. With results that are permanent and pain-free, it's time to book a consultation with Dr. Jeanne at Anazao MD in Steamboat Springs to discuss your skincare needs and discover whether this treatment is right for you.