For thousands of Americans, underarm sweating is a serious issue that leads to frustration, ruined clothing, and embarrassment. Hyperhidrosis is the condition that causes the body to produce an abundant amount of sweat, and underarm sweating in particular (axillary hyperhidrosis) can be upsetting due to its visibility. Hyperhidrosis can seriously affect those that suffer from it, causing them to plan and live their lives around the condition.
If you’re one of the thousands who suffer from hyperhidrosis, especially under your arms, Hotchandani Laser wants you to know that there’s a treatment option for your underarm sweating that can get rid of it almost entirely, with permanent results.
How it works
MiraDry is a treatment for excess underarm sweating and underarm sweat odor (axillary osmidrosis). The treatment uses precisely guided microwave energy to induce thermolysis in the sweat and odor glands in the underarm area, meaning that they essentially decompose from exposure to heat. While this can sound scary, miraDry is the only treatment device for axillary hyperhidrosis and osmidrosis that has been cleared by the FDA. It’s been proven safe and effective, with 55,000 treatments completed worldwide to date. The process is actually quite simple, and with the use of local anesthetics such as lidocaine injections, the procedure itself causes little to no discomfort—so you can just kick back and relax.
MiraDry works by eliminating the sweat and odor glands in your underarms through electromagnetic energy, and it claims to provide permanent results because the glands shouldn’t regrow once they’ve been destroyed. This promise of permanent reduction in the amount of underarm sweating you experience on a day-to-day basis can have a significant impact on your life.
The 3-step process
The miraDry treatment for underarm sweating begins by numbing the area that will undergo treatment. Typically, physicians administer lidocaine injections, and this is often the only discomfort you might experience during the procedure. (If you’re squeamish about needles, ask your physician if there are other options for numbing the site, and they’ll try to find the best one for you.)
Once the anesthetic has had time to kick in, the actual treatment will begin. The handheld device, once activated, will apply gentle suction to your skin, drawing the sweat and odor glands closer to the surface to allow for more effective treatment. Then, finally, miraWave technology sends electromagnetic energy beneath the skin to target and destroy the glands. To protect the top layer of skin, cooling treatment is applied to soothe it and minimize discomfort during the healing process.
Overall, the treatment will take one to two hours in your doctor’s office, including the time it takes for the anesthetic to take effect. While results vary, most patients experience a drastic reduction in underarm sweating and odor after just one treatment, some require a second treatment. Again, not everybody will react the same, but your physician can monitor your progress and decide on the best plan of treatment for you.
Are there risks?
As with any medical procedure, there is always the chance for something errant, such as a bad reaction. Overall, though, the FDA approved miraDry as a treatment for underarm sweating because it’s been proven to be both safe and effective, with minimal risks involved. The procedure is noninvasive and nonsurgical, so there’s little that can go wrong with it. While you might be concerned about the effects on your body (don’t I need to sweat?!), only 2% of your sweat glands are located under your arms, meaning your body has plenty of other sweat glands to use to cool itself off. In fact, it has such a minimal impact on your body’s system that compensatory sweating—the over-production of sweat in other areas of the body to compensate for the now inactive and deceased sweat glands—hasn’t been listed as a concern.
Another benefit of miraDry treatment for underarm sweating and odor is that there is little recovery time. After the procedure, you’ll likely experience swelling, redness, and discomfort for a couple of days, but with some over-the-counter pain medicine and the use of ice packs, this can be minimal enough that you can still carry out basic tasks (though you might want to schedule the procedure for a weekend, as your coworkers might look at you askew if your underarms are packed with ice). Tingling and numbness in the area can last a bit longer, sometimes up to a few weeks, but this shouldn’t prevent you from doing normal activities. Physicians will generally caution against exercise and heavy physical exertion for the first few days, though, to lessen the time it takes to heal and avoid further irritation of the area.
Your life will change
For someone who has been deeply affected by hyperhidrosis, osmidrosis, or general excessive sweating in the underarm area, treatment with miraDry can make a world of difference. No more stepping out of the office to make sure your antiperspirant is still working or sneaking into the restroom to apply more. No more throwing out or desperately scrubbing clothes stained with sweat. No more hiding from friends and social events for fear of embarrassment due to excessive sweating and odor.
Get your confidence and your life back. Schedule a free consultation with Hotchandani Laser to see if miraDry is the answer to your underarm sweating problems.
Change your life by consulting Hotchandani Laser about miraDry today.