Excessive sweating is a not uncommon problem that can result in the need for frequent antiperspirant applications and even constant clothes changing. Known as axillary hyperhidrosis, it is an embarrassing and very problematic problem for those so affected. The historic treatments have been strong astrigents which often are minimally effective or with limited duration of effect. The introduction of Botox injections was a revolutionary treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis that is dramatically effective even though its effect are only temporary and fairly expensive.
The new miraDry treatment, however, offers a lasting non-surgical solution as an office treatment. The miraDry is a device that delivers electromagnetic energy, similar to a microwave, to the underside of the skin where the sweat glands reside. The device delivers controlled energy waves to permanently shrink the sweat glands. Because the device involves the creation of heat, the underarms must first be numbed.
Get lasting results with a quick, non-invasive procedure performed in your physician’s office. The miraDry procedure uses the only non-invasive technology that is FDA cleared to provide lasting results. The procedure uses precisely controlled energy to eliminate underarm sweat glands. Because the sweat glands don’t grow back once eliminated, the results are dramatic and lasting.
The miraDry technique involves two procedures that are spaced 3 months apart to achieve the best results. Because the sweat glands don’t grow back after the treatments a partial to complete reduction in overactive sweating is achieved. This is an FDA-approved device and treatment in which the clinical studies showed an average 82% reductionin sweating.
There is no downtime after ther procedure. Patients may resume all normal activities right after the treatment. There usually is some mild soreness and swelling in the treated areas which takes about a week to go away. Temporary numbness of the armpits is also common which will take longer than the swelling to go away. These are all expected reactions from a device whose effects are based on ‘microwaving’ the sweat glands.
Dr. Barry Eppley