I, too, have had my underarm hair completely removed for 20 years now with electrolysis and I THINK
I have less sweating? but I still sweat, I don't know why you don't Lindy, but that's is great for you. Underarm odor is reduced because there is no hair to trap bacteria and degrade the sweat, which is a real plus. Not every sweat gland on the underarm can be effected with electrolysis by overtreating the follicle in the hope of destroying the sweat gland. We don't like to overtreat any hair follicle anyway. There is nothing you can do about the sweaty soles of your feet or the palms of your hands, in regard to electrolysis, because there are no hair follicles in these places to treat.
To explain futher, allow me to conduct a mini anatomy lesson. Don't fall asleep now.
We all have SUDORIFEROUS GLANDS
. Under this title, there are two glands that make sweat:
1. The eccrine
2. The apocrine
glands are found in vast quantities all over the body and they exist alone, meaning, they have no connection to the hair follicle. A watery, odorless substance comes from these glands.Apocrine
glands are found only in certain areas of the body like the underarms, anal and genital areas. They secrete their sweat into the hair follicle and do not stand alone like the eccrine glands. They are connected to the hair follicle.
The reason I gave that information is because electrolysis CAN BE HELPFUL for a condition called APOCRINE BROMHIDROSIS or "stinking sweat" or "body odor". No matter how clean these individuals are with Apocrine Bromhidrosis, they stink all the time, which is kind of hard on their social and work life. The underarms have the most active apocrine glands. Once these glands secrete and the liquid comes to the surface, it is odorless, but within an hour or so as it mixes the natural bacteria that is present on the skin, one starts to stink really bad. Electrolysis is helpful for this kind of sweat because the apocrine glands empty right into the hair follicle to get liquid to the skin surface. The eccrine glands(billions and billions everywhere) do not empty into the hair follicle, they stand alone outside the hair follicle. As for the apocrine glands, once the hair follicle is destroyed, their secretions have nowhere to go, so the body just reabsorbs the secretions and the smelly problem goes away. Perfect!
So, dear tembo, if apocrine bromhydrosis is your problem, electrolysis will help (maybe laser, too). If you are secreting lots of watery sweat everywhere, but especially on your underarms, electrolysis is not the supreme treatment of choice and it is doubtful that it works for this problem at most. I still sweat, but I never was a big sweater anyway. Snipping that sympathetic nerve under the axilla (armpit) is most helpful after you have tried all non-surgical options. Your physician should be consulted if you are having a serious problem with this. By your original post, I was assuming that you don't have an odor problem (apocrine glands), but rather an excessive sweating problem (eccrine glands).