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Excessive underarm sweating is the pits.
The medical term for this condition is ‘axillary hyperhidrosis’ and it can be unpredictable, embarrassing (bordering on humiliating) not to mention uncomfortable and expensive. Plus the dry cleaning bills really add up after a while.
It doesn’t have to be like this anymore. There are new ways to curb underarm sweating that are long lasting and some are even permanent. Just imagine being able to raise your arms, give a presentation, hail a taxi, without worrying about wetness or odor. The feeling is positively liberating!
Here are the solutions.
Miradry has been a complete life-changer for many who sweat a lot, says Gary D. Breslow, MD, Medical Director of The Breslow Center For Plastic Surgery in Paramus, NJ. The system employs microwave energy to zap the sweat glands under the arms without surgery. (Sweat glands do not regenerate, so when destroyed, they are gone for good.)
“Miradry is extremely effective for permanent reduction of underarm sweat,” says Breslow. “With one treatment, you can expect to see an immediate and significant reduction of sweat,” he says. Some individuals may need a second treatment.
It’s pretty close to painless, he says. “The underarms are numbed with a local anesthetic prior to having Miradry, so the treatment is very comfortable,” Breslow says.
Is Miradry for you? “Whether you sweat a tremendous amount or just a little, it is beneficial for anyone desiring a reduction in underarm sweat,” he says.
“You no longer have to replace shirts due to the permanent staining. There is no more embarrassment in social settings and they can feel much more confident on a daily basis.”
An added bonus? Miradry also reduces underarm hair at the same time.
Miradry costs around $2,000 per treatment.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved BOTOX (botulinum toxin type A) for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis that can’t be resolved with prescription creams or antiperspirants in July 2004. Botox injections temporally block neurotransmitters that stimulate sweat in the underarm area. “Botox requires treating the underarms with a series of injections performed twice yearly on average,” Breslow says. Cost varies based on how much product is used, starting at $600 and up.
Other treatment options for excessive underarm sweating include the use of electrical current (iontophoresis), oral medications that block nerve impulses to sweat glands and in some cases, surgery.
Antiperspirants matter … a lot. This came through loud and clear in a recent survey by Dove. The company asked 1,574 U.S. women which products in their beauty routine would make them feel the most confident, and deodorant was the clear winner.
Putting on deodorant before leaving the house is nearly:
- 5 times more important than washing their hair
- 8 times more important than putting on mascara
- 13 times more important than wearing lipstick or lip gloss
Without deodorant, 87 percent of women feel self-conscious, 67 percent distance themselves from others and 49 percent have gone back home to put it on.
To the rescue: Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant. Available in 15 fragrances, Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection plus NutriumMoisture to address other skin conditions in the delicate underarm area. It retails for $4.99 at most mass retailers.