Do you find yourself sweating through clothing within a couple hours? Are you embarrassed by obvious sweat stains at work or in social settings? Are you tired of applying deodorant several times a day? If so, you’re not alone–it’s estimated that 1 in 5 people sweat excessively, resulting in decreased confidence and a reluctance to engage socially for fear of people noticing their condition. Worcester Dermatology in Worcester, MA is proud to offer MiraDry, an easy, permanent solution to underarm sweating.
What Is MiraDry?
MiraDry is a non-invasive treatment that targets and destroys the sweat glands in your underarm area, drastically reducing the amount of sweat produced and eliminating those painfully embarrassing sweat stains for good.
It’s an outpatient treatment and requires zero downtime, making it a convenient treatment for almost every schedule. Best of all, it normally eliminates sweating in just one treatment, resulting in a complete life change overnight.
How Can It Help Me Stop Sweating?
While sweating is a normal bodily function designed to keep our bodies cool, hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a condition that causes your body to produce too much sweat. This typically affects your underarm region and can prove to be embarrassing in social situations due to appearance and odor.
In addition, it’s expensive, as it routinely destroys clothing with sweat stains and can only be effectively addressed by pursuing temporary treatments like Botox or costly surgery with significant risks.
In contrast, MiraDry is a simple, one-and-done treatment that uses electromagnetic energy to target and destroy sweat glands in your underarms. This prevents them from producing sweat and keeps your underarm area dry, your clothing stain-free, and your confidence intact.
What Is Treatment Like?
After your initial consultation, you are able to schedule your appointment. Your doctor will apply a numbing cream to your underarm area to ensure that you’re comfortable, then mark exactly where treatment will be focused. A hand-held device is used to deliver the electromagnetic energy, which generates heat and instantly destroys the sweat glands without harming the surrounding skin.
Treatment for both underarms generally takes 1 hour, and you’re able to return home directly afterwards. You may notice that your underarm area is a little sore after treatment. This is completely normal and typically subsides within a day.
Your doctor will give you any specific instructions on how to care for your underarms after your appointment. This usually includes avoiding exercise for 4-5 days after treatment, keeping the area clean by washing twice daily and avoiding deodorant for 2 weeks, and wearing a loose-fitting shirt to avoid irritation. For most patients, all sweating stops immediately after treatment.
Is It Safe?
MiraDry was FDA-approved for treating hyperhidrosis in 2011. In addition, it was FDA-approved to help permanently remove hair of all colors in the underarm area in 2015. It’s a preferred treatment method to options like Botox, which can incapacitate sweat glands for 6-7 months but require maintenance appointments, or gland removal surgery, which is costly, requires a significant recovery time, and comes with all the complications of a major surgery.
You may be wondering how destroying the sweat glands in your underarm area will affect your body’s crucial ability to regulate your temperature and keep you cool. Only 2% of your sweat glands are found in this area, which means that your body is more than able to produce enough sweat to cool your body when necessary.
How Long Does It Last?
Thanks to its ability to safely, permanently destroy the sweat glands in your underarm area, this treatment is classified as a permanent solution to hyperhidrosis by the FDA. Most patients experience a 100% reduction in sweat after treatment.
However, it’s sometimes necessary to do a follow-up treatment approximately 3 months after your first appointment if there are still active sweat glands. If this is necessary, the price of your second treatment will be significantly reduced.
Once your doctor has evaluated your results, you’re able to live the rest of your life with no more underarm sweat, no more embarrassing sweat stains, and no more excuses to avoid living your life to the fullest.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
This treatment isn’t only for those with hyperhidrosis. It can effectively treat the underarm area for anyone bothered by excessive sweating, tired of stains and odor in clothing, and tired of the sensation and smell of sweat being a constant presence in their daily lives.
It can be an excellent financial decision to avoid spending money on temporary treatments like Botox, a large amount of deodorant, and new clothing when your sweating ruins another favorite shirt.
This treatment is perfect for those who wish to avoid a surgical solution to sweating. It’s also a healthy, safe alternative to using deodorants with harmful or questionable ingredients daily. Your doctor can help you determine whether this treatment is right for you during your initial consultation.
You shouldn’t need to live life constantly wondering whether people notice the stains under your arms. MiraDry can offer you a permanent solution and ensure that you never have to think about sweat stains or unpleasant odors again. It’s time to say goodbye to sweat stains and hello to living your life–and raising your arms–with confidence.
If you’re ready to learn more, contact the experts at Worcester Dermatology in Worcester, MA to schedule your initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you!