Waving to a friend from afar. Hailing a taxi. Dancing at a party. People with normal sweat glands probably don’t realize how many everyday actions require raising our arms. But for someone with axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating), the embarrassment associated with these actions is impossible to ignore or forget. The constant wet underarm patches diminish a person’s confidence, and hiding them requires a vigilance that hampers the joy of spontaneity.
If you’re nodding your head right now because you know exactly what we’re talking about, then you’re about to get some good news. At Beatitude Aesthetic Medicine in San Diego, we can safely and effectively reduce your excessive underarm sweating with a powerful, non-invasive treatment called miraDry (also known as miraSmooth – more on that later).
How miraDry works
MiraDry delivers electromagnetic energy to the area of the underarm where the sweat glands sit. This process leads to localized thermolysis (chemical decomposition caused by heat) and deactivation of those overactive sweat glands. The technology, approved by the FDA to treat excessive underarm sweating in 2011, has been used safely in cardiology, oncology, urology, and other areas for many years. And because your underarms account for only 2% of your body’s sweat glands, there’s no need to worry about your temperature-control functions.
What to expect from your miraDry treatment
Prior to the procedure, Dr. Chang will examine your underarm so she can customize your miraDry treatment just for you. Then, she will inject a local anesthetic to help keep you comfortable during the procedure.
The special device Dr. Chang uses to deliver the electromagnetic energy to your underarm will simultaneously cool and protect the top layers of skin. The miraDry treatment will take approximately an hour.
Afterward, you may experience some soreness in your underarm area, but ice packs and mild, over-the-counter pain medication will help reduce your discomfort.
You will be able to return to normal activities or work immediately after the procedure. Dr. Chang may recommend that you refrain from exercising for a day or two, but otherwise, you can carry on with your regular activities.
Benefits of miraDry
The sweat glands in our underarms are different than those in, say, our hands, feet and face, in part because they are responsible for odor-containing sweat. So your miraDry treatment doesn’t just treat the wetness produced by the sweat, but also the odor! Benefits of miraDry include:
- Reduction of excessive underarm sweat
- Elimination of those embarrassing wet underarm patches
- Reduction of foul-smelling sweat
- Elimination of the need for harmful antiperspirants
It eliminates underarm hair, too!
MiraDry is also known as miraSmooth because of its unique capability to zap away underarm hairs of all colors. This means, yes, it’s even better than laser hair removal, which doesn’t work well on light-hair-light-skin or dark-hair-dark-skin combinations. In 2015, the FDA cleared the miraDry/miraSmooth device for permanent underarm hair reduction.
MiraDry/miraSmooth is the first device cleared for both unwanted underarm sweat and hair growth!
No more hiding
At Beatitude Aesthetic Medicine in San Diego, we are proud to offer miraDry because it means we can help eliminate the social embarrassment that’s kept you hiding for all these years.
Give us a call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Chang for a miraDry treatment today. Let us help restore your confidence so you can get out there and dance like you mean it.