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Risk of Losing Sweat Glands

Dr. Vi Sharma has worked in the field of cosmetic surgery

He has a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Monash University; and former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice.

Excessive sweating or Hyperhidrosis is an incredibly common medical condition. Some studies show that it can affect as much as half the population on Earth. While the actual severity of it can vary from person to person, for most it is bad enough to want to get treatment. That is why so many people are turning to Melbourne Excessive Sweating treatment as their solution. These treatments promise to help address the issue of excessive sweating. However, the issue of this treatment comes in how it does so. Some people can consider the treatment options excessive and cause some potential side effects and risks to your health. This is why we want to take some time to understand what are these risks.

What is the Issue of Sweat Gland Removal

Sweat gland removal is a procedure that is used quite often by dermatologists and plastic surgeons to treat excessive sweating, as well as by dozens of other medical professionals. They have different ways in which they do perform this treatment. The most obvious one is a surgical procedure in which the doctor physically removes or cuts off your sweat glands from your nerves, leaving it unable to send signals to them. Aside from that, you also have radio wave and laser treatments that aim to burn off your sweat glands in specific areas leaving you unable to sweat anymore. These are all part of treatments to deal with excessive sweat and are some of the most prominent ones out there.

In all cases, the procedure is used to remove most/all of the sweat glands from the skin surface so that the person no longer sweats excessively. However, the actual reasons for removing sweat glands differ between various medical practitioners, and some argue that the procedure is not necessary at all. Even if it is necessary, many doctors also point out the adverse risks of this procedure once it’s done. While it does accomplish its goal of preventing any more sweating, it runs the risks of adverse effects.

Risks of Removing Sweat Glands

Heightened Risk for Heat Stroke

Probably the most obvious risk you will experience with this treatment is the increased risk for heatstroke. Although sweating is rather gross and uncomfortable, it is an essential bodily function. This is how your body cools itself off when it is too hot. Keeping your skin cool and moist like this, it makes your body less likely to succumb to high heat. That is why people say when you are in a hot place the danger isn’t when you sweating, it’s when you aren’t. This is because when you are no longer sweating, it means the heat is so bad it evaporates the sweat right away. During that time there is nothing left to keep you cool. At this point, you are much more likely to suffer from heatstroke. Well, that is exactly what happens without sweat glands, except now the heat does not need to be as intense for it to happen.

Heat Exhaustion

Another common issue people encounter is heat exhaustion. I think many people can agree that it is much harder to work under the heat. You can find yourself having a hard time completing tasks or getting tired much more easily. This is because your body is busy diverting energy on trying to keep you cool that you have less energy on your work. This can lead to a faster pulse and rapid breathing as your body is working overtime. Without sweat glands, this is a common occurrence and you will soon find yourself having to slow down often. You will often have to take breaks in order to cool down. However, this is no guarantee and you may have to seek a doctor’s help to treat you.

Dry Skin

One of the more mundane side effects of this treatment is the increased likelihood of dry skin. Although excessive sweating treatment Melbourne aims to improve skin health by reducing sweating, it can backfire. Too much or too little of anything can cause some issues. While sweating can cause skin irritation, none of it can leave your skin dry. This is because it loses its main way to keep cool. Instead, this can leave your skin feeling parched which affects its appearance. Now it is exposed to the full rays of the sun. While keeping yourself hydrated can help to a certain extent, you will need to do that much more often and with more water to maintain the effects.


Heat cramps are a very painful condition that can occur when the body is being deprived of the moisture it needs to stay cool. If this happens, the muscles become very hard and rigid, which can lead to muscle fatigue and possible muscle spasms. This makes it difficult for them to move as doing so can be painful and uncomfortable. After losing your sweat glands this can be much more common in your body. Without sweat, you have less ability to cool these areas. This affects areas such as your legs, arms, back, and abs. Though heat cramps are a very common problem, they are not something to be taken lightly. This can happen much more without the ability to cool yourself off.

Heat Headaches

Although this normally comes as a result of dehydration, lack of sweating can make the issue worse. This is because even if you manage to drink plenty of water, the issue here is that your body cannot unleash it properly. Without sweating you cannot secrete that water to your skin and head which means your head has to face the full glare of the sun on its own. When the temperature gets bad enough, this can trigger headaches and migraines in your body. With that, you will not be able to think properly or focus. This is why many people report having a hard time accomplishing tasks in the heat. Sometimes it can lead to nausea and confusion, making it difficult to remember things. A part of this plays a role in why people hallucinate in hot temperatures.


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About Dr Vi

Dr Vi Sharma is a renowned and highly trained cosmetic surgeon in Sydney, practising cosmetic surgery since 2012. He has a worldwide loyal patient base. He has a bachelor of medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University. Dr Vi Sharma is a former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice. Along with treating patients, he also provides training for doctors and nurses regarding aesthetic and cosmetic treatment modalities.

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