Have you been embarrassed by your underarm sweat more than once? If hiding your profuse sweating and odor is a regular occurrence for you miraDry may be the perfect answer. Here are some of the facts about the procedure to help you decide if miraDry is right for you.
How Does miraDry Work?
miraDry is an FDA-cleared technology for permanently eliminating underarm sweat and odor. Whether you have an actual diagnosis of “hyperhidrosis,” which is excessive sweating under the arms or you just feel the amount of underarm sweating your body does is excessive, the miraDry procedure will eliminate all sweating and odor in the area.
The non-invasive miraDry process works by delivering carefully controlled electromagnetic energy via a handheld device to the underarm skin. The energy targets the precise area of the skin that is the home of the sweat glands in order to use heat to decompose them. This treatment is called thermolysis, and it is safe and comfortable as the outermost layers of the skin are protected and cooled as the process goes on.
What to Expect from miraDry
Your miraDry procedure will take place in one short hour here in our office. You’ll be comfortable thanks to local anesthesia, and you’ll experience little to no discomfort or downtime thanks to miraDry. The doctor begins by marking the area that is going to be treated, then numbing the underarms. Finally, the hand piece is placed directly on the skin and activated. Once the miraDry hand piece is activated, you might feel a slight suction sensation as the sweat and odor glands are brought closer to the surface. The treatment works thanks to innovative miraWave energy which is delivered by the hand piece, destroying the sweat and odor glands. While this is taking place, the area is soothed and cooled to protect your skin. After the procedure ice packs and a mild over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen is all most patients need to stay comfortable, and most return to work and other normal activities right after their procedure.
Common side effects of miraDry are minor, and typically include swelling under the arms, along with tenderness and/or redness for several days. In some rare cases tingling and numbness in the armpit or upper arm can occur for up to 5 weeks.
One of the reasons that patients love miraDry is that sweat and odor glands that have been decomposed by heat do not grow back. For this reason, the effects of the treatment are immediately noticeable, which is a highly satisfying result. The results are also permanent, since the glands don’t regenerate. Many patients need only a single treatment.
Aren’t Sweat Glands Important to Health?
Yes, but there’s no reason that you need them under your arms! Sweating is a critical body function because it helps you control your core temperature. However, when you treat the area under your arms with miraDry, you’re losing less than 2% of the sweat glands your body has. This has no practicable effect on your body’s ability to regulate your temperature, and you won’t find yourself sweating more in other places, for example, to “make up” for your lost underarm sweat.
MiraDry in Baltimore If you’re intrigued by the prospect of no more sweaty stains in the armpits of your clothing and no more embarrassing moments from lifting up your arms. We’d love to show you what miraDry can do for you. The simple, non-invasive treatment also does not require downtime or time off work to recover. If you are considering MiraDry or any other Baltimore cosmetic surgery procedure, contact us at (410)205-1846 to schedule an appointment or consultation today.