What is Sub Dermal Laser Ablation (SDLA)?
SDLA is a relatively new treatment procedure for those who suffer with hyperhidrosis. SDLA stands for Subdermal Laser Ablation. This procedure was originally used for those with excessive armpit sweating, but is a treatment which can also be used to treat excessive sweating of the feet, armpits chest, stomach, back, groin, thighs, and legs. SDLA is considered to be a minimally invasive treatment option.
Sub Dermal Laser Ablation Treatment Technology
The most up-to-date SDLA treatment technology uses the Sciton powerful Prolipo Plus system in which two laser wavelengths are simultaneously blended together. Because the two different wavelengths are blended together, the long term outcomes for the patient will be more favorable. This is because using the blended wavelengths will more precisely target the sweat glands that are causing the problems with excessive sweating. The procedure is considered minimally invasive because the only incisions necessary will be two 1.5 mm circular incisions. Once the incisions are made, the surgeon will then insert a tiny fiber optic, which is only 1 mm in diameter. This is where the laser energy will be directed.
Sub Dermal Laser Ablation PROS and CONS
Subdermal Laser Ablation is a treatment option that offers several advantages to those who are suffering from hyperhidrosis. The patient will be able to remain fully awake during the procedure, and this is due to the fact that only a local anesthesia is used. This is also an outpatient procedure, which means that the individual will not require an overnight stay following the procedure, but will be able to return home on the same day that the procedure is performed. The procedure itself only takes about 55 minutes to complete. Recovery time will typically be minimal. After the surgery, the patient will be able to resume normal activities such as exercise or work the following day. Subdermal Laser Ablation is considered to have relatively few side effects, making it less risky than some other hyperhidrosis treatment options. Because the patient will only need two tiny incisions, there will be very little scarring, and it will be essentially unnoticeable for most people. Patients who have SDLA done will typically only require one treatment, which is an improvement over some other options such as Botox. For those who do suffer with hyperhidrosis, however, the most important advantage of having an SDLA procedure done is that the excessive sweating and its accompanying problems will be significantly diminished. Another advantage is that the results are immediate, which means that a reduction in the sweating and foul odors will be instantaneous. Subdermal Laser Ablation may be an excellent alternative for those who may not be good candidates for other surgeries such as the Micro ETS procedure.
Potential side effects of Subdermal Laser Ablation include numbness of skin, reduced hair, blistering of the skin, mild bruising, shoulder movement limitation, and brachial nerve injury. Fortunately, these side effects are not common to most patients, and are more of a rare occurrence. This is a relatively new treatment option, so there is not a lot of data available about the long term outcomes for those who have undergone the procedure. There have been many patients who have undergone this Sumbdermal Laser Ablation surgery and have had successful outcomes.