If excessive underarm sweating causes you discomfort and embarrassment, you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from this medical condition called axillary hyperhidrosis. In Boston and across the nation, this type of hyperhidrosis can be so severe that it interferes with a person’s ability to function in society. But now we have a permanent solution: miraDry.
Quick and non-invasive, the miraDry System delivers precisely controlled microwave energy to the area where underarm sweat glands reside and eliminates those glands. Microwave energy has been used safely in medicine for decades. Because the sweat glands do not regenerate after treatment, the results are long-lasting. You can expect a reduction in sweating immediately after treatment, with little or no downtime.
The miraDry procedure uses the only non-invasive technology that is FDA cleared and clinically proven to dramatically reduce sweat and provide lasting results without the use of chemicals, toxins or surgery.
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If you are looking for a solution in or around Boston for excessive sweating, miraDry treatment from one of our talented team of medical professionals may be the answer. Request a consultation online, or contact us at (617) 731-1600 to schedule an appointment.
You can learn more about miraDry treatment for excessive underarm sweating from these answers to frequently asked questions.
The miraDry procedure is a quick, safe, non-invasive treatment that is FDA cleared to eliminate sweat glands under the arms. No surgery is involved. The handpiece of the miraDry System is placed on the underarm area and delivers precisely controlled, localized microwave energy to the region where the sweat glands reside. The result: elimination of the sweat glands in the targeted area. The glands do not grow back, so there is a dramatic and lasting reduction in underarm sweat.
The procedure involves no surgical incisions. To keep you comfortable, the clinician will begin by administering several small injections of a local anesthetic to the underarm area. Each treatment is customized, with the miraDry System handpiece positioned as needed, and lasts about 1 hour.
Typically, little or no downtime is required following the procedure. Your doctor will likely recommend a mild over-the-counter pain medication and the use of ice packs for a few days. You should be able to return to your normal activities right after the procedure, and you can typically resume exercise within several days. Some localized soreness or swelling is normal, but it typically clears within a few weeks. In some cases, swelling can be more significant, but in our experience, it always resolves with time.
Most patients report a dramatic reduction in underarm sweating. In a recent clinical study, the average sweat reduction was 86% after 2 treatments. You should see a reduction in sweat almost immediately after the first treatment. However, research has shown that 2 to 3 treatments, spaced 3 months apart, produce the best results. As with any medical procedure, results will vary.
The results are long-lasting because the sweat glands do not come back after they have been eliminated. Recent data shows that the benefits remain longer than 1 year.
Your body contains more than 4 million sweat glands, with only about 2% located in the underarms. Eliminating this 2% will not affect the body’s ability to cool itself.
As it is currently designed, the miraDry device can only be used to treat underarms.
If embarrassing underarm sweat is staining your clothing and antiperspirants are not effective, then you may be a good candidate for the miraDry procedure.
The most common alternative to miraDry, other than over-the-counter antiperspirants, is botulinum toxin (BOTOX®) injections. Although the botulinum toxin is a very effective treatment, results typically last only 4 to 6 months. Botulinum toxin injections are also used to treat excessive sweating of the palms and soles of the feet. There is some evidence that ultrasound may also be useful as a treatment for sweating.
At SkinCare Physicians, our doctors and staff are experienced in performing miraDry treatments to reduce excessive underarm sweating. To get started, request a consultation online.