Which Machine Should I Choose?
Which iontophoresis machine you select really depends on several key factors including: which area(s) of the body you require treatment, severity of condition, age, skin condition, skin type and of course, your budget.
As a general rule, we would recommend that you purchase a pulsed current machine as these machines provide a far more comfortable treatment at high power. The basic principal of iontophoresis is that you want to pass the maximum amount of current into the area being treated for the duration of your treatment session.
This will enable you to reach the current versus sweating 'breakover' point faster and more comfortably. Most patients will not be able to comfortably reach high powers in direct current.
If you have sensitive skin, are adolescent, or are treating areas in which the skin is thinner and therefore more sensitive to the current, a pulsed machine will enable you to operate the iontophoresis machine at effective levels with minimal discomfort. As an illustration, if you were to operate a direct current machine on your hands and found that 20v was uncomfortable, then a pulsed current machine may allow you to perform a session at 30v before you felt the same level of discomfort. This enables you to perform effective treatments and therefore have a higher chance of success.
We also only recommend the professional grade machines. These have the power and features to ensure the best chance of success. Our battery powered machine, although very capable is available as a low cost entry level option.
In most cases the following machines can be used in these commonly affected areas:
- Plantar Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the feet) : Recommend Pulsed Current but Direct Current machines can also be suitable for some patients.
- Palmer Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the hands): Recommend Pulsed Current only.
- Axillae Hyperhidrosis (excessive underam sweating): Recommend Pulsed Current only.
- Facial Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the face): Recommend Pulsed Current only.
- Truncal Hyperhidrosis Compensatory sweating, (torso and limbs): Recommend Pulsed Current only.
Many patients are able to use direct current machines without issues, even in expected sensitive areas such as the underarms. We only give this information as advice and the final decision is ultimately yours. If you wish to discuss machine selection then by all means please give us a call and we will try to guide you towards the right machine.