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Forums / Treatments, health professionals and therapies / Social Anxiety and Facial Blushing - ETS surgery and Miradry

Topic: Social Anxiety and Facial Blushing - ETS surgery and Miradry

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  1. JaneS3
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    17 May 2020

    I’m a woman who has suffered from facial blushing for as long as I can remember, becoming particularly severe from my early-teens onwards. This has contributed to severe anxiety and depression throughout my childhood and adult life that has affected all aspects of my life. For me, nothing was more important for my overall health than eliminating my blushing. Especially when years of CBT, therapy and anti-depressants haven’t offered any long-term solution.

    I had ETS surgery done on just my T2 nerve. The sympathectomy is done keyhole, leaving two small incisions just under your armpit. So far, my results with ETS have been great. Part of me wishes I had more of my sympathetic chain cut (T3/T4), as I still get a heart-rate rise in social situations, and a slight blush in a small patch at the top of my left cheek, but ultimately I’m very, very happy. It’s totally surreal to go from having severe blushing multiple times per day to just not having it at all. It’s been very illuminating to see how ‘regular’ people live. When I exercise now my face stays completely unflushed and almost sweat free which is amazing.

    I had Miradry done for my armpit sweating which was also quite bad, particularly every time I got anxious. They say Miradry is more effective than sympathectomy for sweating. My results from Miraday were great. I still sweat a bit, but what I love is how it has killed almost all the large sweat glands in my armpits (which produce your BO). It’s been an 80% reduction at least in sweating and the odour I get is very manageable.

    All in all, if you suffer from facial blushing or sweating that severely impacts your social life, self-esteem and career then I recommend looking into these procedures. It's a lot to go through to overcome these issues, but so much better than a daily pill or expensive, ineffective therapy (in my opinion). Some people find the compensatory sweating they get after their ETS surgery made them regret it, as well as other possible side effects, so it really depends on how severe your issues are vs the potential for side effects and I’ve been lucky to have had no major side effects.

    Anyway, peace and love to any fellow sufferers.
    If you have any questions I’ll try to get back and answer them.

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  2. Just Sara
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    17 May 2020 in reply to JaneS3

    Wow! Thanks for this information Jane :) I'm sure people with similar issues will surely benefit from your experience and knowledge.

    I'm not sure what % of the population suffers these symptoms, but what you've written would definitely give them food for thought.

    I also go very red faced when exercising or playing sport; have done since my teens. People often comment about it asking if I'm ok. I'm 60 now though, so no point worrying as my sporting days are over.

    I hope the anxiety/depression has eased up since being repaired. Sounds like your a happy camper by how you've expressed yourself.

    So again, thankyou for your insight and caring.

    Sending kind thoughts your way;

    Sez

  3. EmeraldCove
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    12 July 2020 in reply to JaneS3
    Oh wow I am really interested to hear more about your experience with ETS surgery. I haven't come across many people who have had it in Australia. I would like to have the surgery for blushing but its been hard finding info around that as most people seem to have it for sweating. I am very fair and blush so easily, its been holding me back in a variety of settings, particularly professionally. I have to say I am quite afraid of the side effect of compensatory sweating from the surgery though.
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  4. Just Sara
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    12 July 2020 in reply to EmeraldCove

    Hi and a very big welcome Emerald! 😀 It's lovely to meet you...

    Unfortunately the original poster hasn't been back on the forum since mid May so it's unlikely she'll see your reply. Yes, this issue's a rare one so I'm sorry we don't have more info for you at this time.

    You're welcome to browse and hopefully find something of interest. We're a friendly bunch here so please join other threads, drop in to the Café and say hello, or create your own introduction thread for members to find you.

    I hope all goes well and the forum's a positive experience.

    Kind thoughts;

    Sez

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