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Excessive Sweating New York City


Introduction to Excessive Sweating

Axillary shaving is a very effective procedure to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and bromhidrosis (body odor) of the armpit. This procedure addresses both types of sweat glands that are responsible for these embarrassing symptoms in social situations.

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What is Axillary Shaving?

Axillary shaving is often offered to patients who have failed conservative and medical treatments for excessive sweating and body malodor from the armpits. Common effective non-surgical treatments are antiperspirants, anticholinergics, and botulinum toxin injections. The effects of these treatments, however, are not long-lasting and require continual usage to prevent symptoms from returning, in addition to their various side effects. Axillary shaving has proven to be an effective, long-lasting, and minimally invasive surgical treatment for this condition.

Dr. William Lao is a top plastic surgeon specializing in axillary shaving in NYC.

Who are the Best Candidates for Axillary Shaving?

The best candidates for Axillary Shaving are anyone tired of consistently removing their body hair via manual shaving.

Dr. Lao has noticed the best results with patients who have darker hair and lighter skin. The laser can focus more on the pigment within the hair and not have the pigment of the skin competing with it. Unfortunately, his patients with blonde or lighter hair are not great candidates.

We do NOT recommend this procedure for you if you currently have any skin rashes, infections, open wounds, or are currently tanning.

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What are the Benefits of Axillary Shaving?

  • Body Odor Reduction – Underarm hair can create an unwelcoming odor. While you still might want to apply deodorant, the hair removal can help keep any stench more maintainable.

  • Increased Confidence – While underarm hair is completely natural, some of our patients prefer a clean appearance. Regular shaving can leave a stubble that many patients feel is unattractive. Axillary shaving can take away any of the embarrassment some of our patients may feel.

  • No More Ingrown hairs – Ingrown hairs are usually painful, swollen, and visible. This procedure not only saves you time in your daily/weekly preparation but also prevents ingrown hair.

  • Sweat Less – Your body hair will trap sweat underneath your armpits, which often leads to unsightly clothing stains. When you remove your body hair, the staining problem is lessened and the probability of excessive sweating is lessened.

What’s the First Step?

The first step is to get in touch. By filling out a contact form on our appointment page, a member of our team will get in touch with you to schedule a consultation. During your appointment, you’ll be able to meet one-on-one with Dr. William Lao.

Dr. Lao will complete a thorough evaluation of your armpits, provide his expert recommendations, and answer any questions you have. You should be as open and honest with Dr. Lao about your aesthetic desires, as great communication always leads to optimal results. Dr. Lao has been featured in numerous publications about his surgical techniques. If you’re happy with Dr. Lao’s recommendations, surgery will be booked.

Once the surgery is booked, our expert surgical team will provide pre and postoperative instructions. These guidelines are created to ensure patient safety and the best possible surgical outcome.

What to Expect on the Day of Axillary Shaving?

The procedure is often done for different reasons. In Asia, axillary shaving is mainly targeting the apocrine sweat glands that are responsible for the malodorous smell; whereas in America, this procedure is almost always done for excessive sweating, which targets the eccrine sweat glands. Surgery involves a small one-centimeter incision in a natural crease of the armpit, a revolving shaver then is used to shave off the sweat glands under the skin in the deep dermis and subcutaneous tissue. Procedure time is short and almost painless.

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Woman posing black lingere



Time: 30 min to 1 hour

General Anesthesia or Local Anesthesia


Ambulate the night of surgery

Shower 2 days after surgery

2 days off work


Minimize arm elevation for 3 weeks

Axillary Shaving Recovery

There may be some redness or swelling during the first few hours following your procedure. You can apply ice or a cold compress to alleviate any pain. You should try to avoid sunlight for about 6 weeks and use sunscreen daily to achieve the best results.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

Dr. William Lao is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is proud to have attended Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lao has over a decade of experience and has been listed as a Top Doc in the aesthetic magazine, NewBeauty. Dr. Lao prides himself on patient safety and his ability to connect with his patients, making him a perfect surgeon to address your excessive sweating treatment.

How Much Does Axillary Shaving Cost in New York City?

The cost of Axillary Shaving in New York City will vary on a number of factors. During your consultation with Dr. Lao, he’ll be able to provide his recommendations and go over all associated costs. We offer financing options, to help manage the payments for our patients.


Is Axillary Shaving painful?

On average, Axillary Shaving is painless, especially if you compare it to waxing. Your pain tolerance will dictate whether or not it “hurts”

What are the risks associated with Axillary Shaving?

Risks associated with Axillary Shaving are relatively minimal, however, there are some possible risks involved, such as:

  • Blistering
  • Changes in Skin Texture (very rare)
  • Crusting
  • Graying of Treated Hair (very rare)
  • Pigment Change (very rare)
  • Scarring
  • Skin Irritation

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Every surgical procedure and aesthetic treatment we offer is specifically tailored to satisfy the unique needs of the individual. When you come in for a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Lao, he can find the perfect aesthetic approach that provides you with your ideal results.

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Out-of-town patients

Dr. Lao has provided surgery for patients from almost every continent in the world. With such a wide range, patients frequently ask about travel arrangements for surgery.

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Patient Resources

We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.

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