Woman Tries Extreme Measures to Stop Excessive Sweating
Looking at Jane Manay, you would never guess that she has a medical condition that is making her life miserable. She suffers from hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating.
"It's something that's beyond my control," said Manay. "It's embarrassing and more disgusting."
In the Hollywood classic Broadcast News, actor Albert Brooks sweated profusely in a memorable scene as a news anchor on camera. But Manay says, the condition is unbearable.
"I'm constantly sweating," she said.
Manay, who lives in Keary, New Jersey, showed INSIDE EDITION the extra shirt she always packs and dashed into a restroom to make a quick change while we were filming.
"I tried everything you can think of," exclaimed Manay.
She would run her wrists under cold water to cool her body down and would pat her underarms to soak up sweat. Because of her medical condition, anti-perspirants aren't effective.
The 28-year-old says her boyfriend didn't know what to make of it.
"My boyfriend said am I going through menopause," said Manay.
She was so desperate she was willing to undergo a new surgical procedure.
Laser surgeon Dr. Mitchell Chasin says excessive sweating affects millions of Americans and can be extremely debilitating.
"This is not excessive vanity," said Dr. Chasin.
While Botox offered a temporary solution, he says a new procedure is both painless and permanent.
"The cure is immediate," explains Dr. Chasin.
He began by using a vapometer to measure moisture. A normal reading is a 5 or 10. Jane's reading? 451 under the right arm and 600 under her left arm.
Dr. Chasin then applied a starch-iodine solution which turned black, revealing her sweat zone. Then it was off to the O.R.
Dr. Chasin said, "Women don't like sweat on themselves. They don't like sweat on others."
"That is true. We don't like sweat," agreed Manay.
Manay was outfitted with protective glasses. Then Dr. Chasin prepared the axilase laser which he inserted under the skin. Her underarm lit up red as the laser zapped the sweat glands. She received only local anesthesia and was awake through the entire procedure.
"I feel nothing," said Manay during the procedure.
The dead sweat glands are then liposuctioned out. Forty-five minutes later the procedure is over.
"I feel good," exclaimed Manay.
Her boyfriend is as thrilled as she is. "She's happy, I'm happy," he said.
So, did it work?
"It changed my life," Manay said.