*This article is for educational purposes only and accurate as of October 2014. It does not form medical advice and does not relate to any treatments performed at Advanced Dermatology. Whilst we have evaluated the machine, we do not perform MiraDry treatment.
Miradry is a treatment that was approved by the FDA in January 2011 to reduce excessive underarm sweating. This procedure reduces sweat by up to 82%. Excessive underarm sweating is known as axillary hyperhidrosis. Axillary hyperhidrosis effects about 1% of adults with men and woman being effected equally. Stress and anxiety can play a huge role in hyperhidrosis, and it is believe to be a neurological response.
How does Miradry work?
Miradry works by delivering a controlled electromagnetic energy under the skin in the underarm region. Prior to treatment, the skin will be marked to help guide the treatment. Local anesthesia will be administered to keep individual comfortable. A hand held device is used to eliminate the sweat glands, while the top two layers of skin are cooled and protected. These sweat glands that are eliminated will not grow back, and the results are seen immediately. The results last since the glands will not grow back.
It is recommended that two sessions be done, spaced out three months apart. Miradry has a typical cost of $2,500 to $3,000 for two sessions, however, the price can vary due to where the treatment is being provided and who is performing the procedure. Treatment takes about 40 minutes to do.
What are the benefits to Miradry?
There are many benefits to having Miradry treatment done. One of the biggest benefits is the procedure is long lasting. This means an individual will not have to have repeat treatments to keep from excessively sweating. The procedure is very safe to do, and is non-invasive, meaning no cuts or incisions. There is no downtime associated with Miradry, as an individual can resume their daily activities after the procedure is completed, and start exercising again within a few days. Using Miradry, there has been a high patient satisfaction.
How safe is Miradry? Is there anyone that should not use this procedure?
Miradry is a very safe procedure for adults age 18 and over. It does not penetrate the skin too deep, and the electromagnetic energy is controlled. There has not been any reported incidences of fat loss or leaving a patient with loose skin. If anything, the procedure will tighten up the skin a bit. Only about 2% of sweat glands are located in the underarm region, so the body will still be able to cool itself properly. The procedure has been proven to be safe and effective in over 6,000 individuals.
An individual is a good candidate for Miradry is there are embarrassing sweat outbreaks, frequently has to apply antiperspirant, or has stained clothing due to excessive sweating. Miradry is not recommended for individuals that have a pacemaker, who need supplemental oxygen, or have a resistance of intolerance of local anesthesia.
Miradry uses anesthesia. Does Miradry hurt?
While each individual is different, Miradry has little pain. Many patients give it a pain rating of 2, based on a 1 to 10 rating with 10 being the most pain. There may be some slight pressure on the skin, and it will be slightly pulled. There will also be a warming sensation, with an occasional hot spot that only last for a few seconds.
After the treatment, the physician or dermatologist may recommend a pain reliever. Ice packs may also be used to keep the individual comfortable. There may be some localized swelling or soreness, which is completely normal and will subside in a few weeks. There may be a short term altered sensation in the skin of the underarms, but this will gradually go away.
What results should an individual expect?
Most individuals will see an improvement in the sweating as soon as the treatment is over. Underarm sweat is reduced on average by 82%.
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