Reversibility of hyperhidrosis post axillary depilatory laser

Lasers Med Sci. 2014 Mar;29(2):717-21. doi: 10.1007/s10103-013-1404-4. Epub 2013 Jul 26.


Hyperhidrosis and bromhidrosis were lately reported as novel side effects of laser-assisted removal of axillary hair. The goal of our study was to evaluate the reversibility of these two side effects. An observational, single-center cohort study included over a 30-month screening period 30 patients with newly reported hyperhidrosis and/or bromhidrosis related to axillary depilatory laser. After 26 weeks of follow-up, each patient was assessed for spontaneous reversibility. A 12-week duration treatment with topical aluminum chloride was evaluated in patients with persisting hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis was assessed using the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale (HDSS). Spontaneous reversibility was observed in 20% of patients. In total, 23 out of 30 patients recovered normal axillary transpiration either spontaneously or after treatment. Mean HDSS score was significantly lower in the treated group. It appears that axillary hyperhidrosis and bromhidrosis, secondary to laser depilation, reverse either spontaneously or after using topical antiperspirant.

Publication types

  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Aluminum Chloride
  • Aluminum Compounds / administration & dosage
  • Aluminum Compounds / therapeutic use
  • Axilla*
  • Chlorides / administration & dosage
  • Chlorides / therapeutic use
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Hair Removal / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Hyperhidrosis / drug therapy
  • Hyperhidrosis / etiology*
  • Laser Therapy / adverse effects*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Aluminum Compounds
  • Chlorides
  • Aluminum Chloride