I was listening to a public radio show in my car (so I only got a part of it) about blushing and its social consequences. I am a blusher so my ears perked up.
There is a surgery for that! It was initially intended to inhibit excessive sweating of hands and head, but it was discovered that it decreased blushing as well.
I did some reading up about this when I got home. Surgery, not surprisingly, is not the preferred method of treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy is the first line--to treat underlying maladaptive social misperceptions--such as people will pick on me if I blush. This idea needs to be replaced with something along the lines of:
"I may come across as a person who is shy, but other people will usually be happy to accept this and often will make extra effort to engage with me".
HA!HA!HA! I laugh at that! Obviously a therapy model developed by someone who does not blush ever! You blush, someone is going to point it out--like you cannot feel your face turning into a red hot poker. And then you blush more.
So, interesting to hear that there is a type of surgery called endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS). Lasers are used to disable the nerves that allow blood flow to the face. Your head will sweat less, your hands will sweat less, and you will blush no more.
No blushing and less sweaty palms sounds good until you hear about the other side effects.
Some of the main risks of the ETS procedure include:So I guess I will just go on being a blusher and putting up with the comments.
excessive (compensatory) sweating – as the cut nerves also control sweating in some areas of the body, the procedure can cause other areas of your body to sweat more
Horner’s syndrome – where nerve damage causes the upper eyelid on one side of the body to droop
pneumothorax – where air gets into the chest cavity and needs to be drained by inserting a temporary tube.