If you are part of the unlucky 20 percent of the population who suffers from excessive underarm sweating, also called hyperhidrosis, you have probably changed a few things in your life to cope with the condition. Odds are, you’re skilled at reading fabric labels, carefully avoiding heat-trapping materials like silk. You either look for high cotton content and sweat-wicking fabric or busy patterns and dark colors to help disguise the stains. You don’t leave the house without slathering on a thick layer of deodorant or antiperspirant each day, and you take a travel size with you in case you need to reapply. You might even avoid exercise or more strenuous physical activities altogether since they will undoubtedly cause you to sweat. All of these tricks merely mask the condition, but there is now a treatment that corrects the source of the problem without surgery or downtime: miraDry®.
What is miraDry®?
Using electromagnetic energy, miraDry® dramatically decreases underarm odor and sweat. This technology works by noninvasively removing the glands that lead to excessive sweating and odor. Before the treatment, local anesthetic is administered, and a grid is drawn on your underarm indicating where each sweat gland is located. Dr. Hiatt or one of his staff moves the handheld device over the skin, and the procedure is complete in as little as 90 minutes. After the first session, most patients immediately see an 80 percent decrease in sweat and odor. A second treatment may be required after about three months to achieve more complete sweat and odor control.
How does miraDry® prevent odor?
If excessive sweat is not an issue for you but you suffer from bad underarm odor, miraDry® is a viable, safe, and effective solution. Since miraDry® eliminates sweat glands, bacteria on the skin do not have a suitable environment in which to grow. Odor producing glands called apocrine glands are eliminated; therefore, unpleasant smells do not have a chance to develop.
Don’t I need sweat glands to help my body cool down?
The sweat glands under your arms are eliminated with miraDry® treatment, but this will not reduce your body’s ability to reduce heat. The glands in your underarms are just a few compared to the sweat glands in other areas of the body that do this job just as effectively.
Why choose miraDry®?
BOTOX® is another FDA-approved option for the treatment of excessive sweating, but it must be re-administered every six months. miraDry® is the only treatment that is FDA approved to permanently reduce excessive sweating. Following local anesthesia, there is no pain associated with the actual procedure, and patients report mildly tender and swollen skin after treatment that subsides spontaneously. Dr. Hiatt is proud to be one of the few to own and administer this advanced technology and provide his patients with the best option available for underarm sweat and odor reduction.
In a future blog post, we will discuss how miraDry® also removes about 50 percent of hair from the area, which makes miraDry® a truly versatile treatment!
If you are interested in learning more about miraDry®, please contact us today. Call (480) 844-1410 or fill out our online contact form for more information.