miraDry® for Underarm Sweating
The application of antiperspirants is necessary to help us control sweating in the underarms; however, for many individuals, underarm sweat and odor can still present themselves no matter how rigorous we apply our daily hygiene routines. miraDry® is an innovative solution for controlling the effects of underarm sweating and alleviating concerns that odors and stains will occur at the worst possible time. This non-surgical treatment is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove sweat glands from the underarms. Available here at the practice of our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Okamoto, miraDry® is a quick, in-office procedure that can provide many patients with a permanent remedy for excessive underarm sweat.
What are the benefits of miraDry®?
miraDry® offers an array of benefits for patients who are ideal candidates for the procedure, including:
- Both sweat and odor glands are diminished
- Immediate and permanent results
- Non-invasive procedure that involves no surgery or cutting
- Little to no recovery time is typically necessary
- Once the sweat and odor glands are eliminated there is typically no need for re-treatment
- A potential reduction of as much as 70% in armpit hair
- The treatment can be completed in about one hour
- Reduction in the need for antiperspirants and deodorants
82% of the armpit glands are permanently destroyed with one to two miraDry® treatments. By comparison, typical antiperspirants only reduce sweat by 20-30%.
While sweating is an important function in order to regulate the body’s temperature, please note than only about two percent of the body’s sweat glands are in the armpits. The elimination of these sweat glands should not affect the body’s sweating elsewhere.
The miraDry® Treatment Process
miraDry® harnesses the power of thermal energy to destroy sweat and odor glands in the armpits while leaving surrounding tissues unharmed. Once a local anesthetic has been applied to the target area in order to minimize discomfort during the procedure, the miraDry® treatment is performed with little to no discomfort for most patients.
In most cases, only one miraDry® treatment is necessary for adequate sweat/odor control. Patients are reassessed at three months to determine whether a second treatment should be considered.
Most individuals who have miraDry® treatment are able to resume normal daily routines immediately after the procedure. Some level of redness, bruising, numbness, and/or swelling can be expected following treatment; however, these effects should fade within a few weeks. Some physical exercises and strenuous activities will need to be avoided for several days after treatment. During your initial consultation, Dr. Okamoto will discuss all aspects of the procedure and talk with you about what to expect during the recovery process.
miraDry® has followed a group of patients for two years and knows that results persist for at least this length of time. On this basis, we believe that it is quite reasonable to inform our patients that their results are likely permanent.
Do you have questions about miraDry®? Please contact us today for more information, or to schedule a consultation.