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04-26-12 | Posted by

One of the hottest beauty treatment categories on the scene is the taming of overactive sweat glands.  This trend began with A-listers getting Botoxed under their arms to avoid staining their couturier gowns on the Red Carpet. miraDry offers a variation on that theme with an innovative microwave technology that destroys your sweat glands in just two sessions.

So why do we sweat? It isn’t just some evil plan devised to ruin a silk blouse (or stain a wifebeater). When you get hot and sweaty,  the moisture evaporates and cools you down.  Emotions can affect the sweat glands too, which accounts for why you sweat up a storm when you get nervous, anxious, or flustered. When sweat makes contact with bacteria on your skin, it can produce an odor, which is where deodorant comes in handy. Antiperspirant stops sweating, while deodorant stops odor, but most of us need a combination of both and even that doesn’t always get the job done.

miraDry is a non-invasive solution to the common problem of excessive sweating, called hyperhidrosis. Here’s how it works. First, your underarms will be numbed with local anesthesia before the procedure because that is a sensitive area for most people. Your doctor can customize the procedure for your personal pit to locate the offending sweat glands to be knocked out. The miraDry system heats up the deep layers of the skin where sweat glands live. While the deep layers are being heated, the system protects and cools the top layers of the skin to prevent damage. As the sweat glands are heated up, they get destroyed. Because sweat glands don’t grow back once they’re obliterated,  results can be long lasting and even permanent. In case you were wondering if you might need those sweat glands in the future, no worries – your body has about 3 million of them.

According to Dermatologist Michael Kaminer, M.D. of Skincare Physicians of Chestnut Hill, MA, “We are now offering miraDry to our patients, and the response has been impressive.  Patients are drawn to the idea of eliminating troublesome underarm sweat…permanently.  They are finding the procedure to be easier than expected, and early results have been extremely promising. I definitely expect the demand to increase even more as summer approaches.”

Two procedures are typically recommended spaced about three months apart for best results and duration, and the treatment takes about an about an hour for both underarms. There can be some minor swelling, soreness or redness after the procedure, and the area may feel numb for a short time. Most people have no real downtime and  can go back to their normal routine right after the procedure, and go back to the gym in a few days. Localized soreness or swelling is normal, and typically clears within a few weeks.  In some cases, an additional treatment may be needed. A series of two treatments costs from $3,000 – $4,500 – but just think of what you’ll save on your dry cleaning bills.

“In a clinical study, the average sweat reduction with miraDry was 86%.  As with any medical procedure, results will vary by individual. Patients typically experience patchy and lighter hair growth in the treatment area after a miraDry procedure,” said Dermatologist Gregory Nikolaidis, M.D. of Westlake Dermatology in Austin, TX. For now at least, miraDry is only used under the arms, and not for sweaty hands and feet or other unmentionable areas, but we can expect to see more applications for this technology in the future.

So as the hot days of summer draw near, and the thought of temperatures rising causes extreme anxiety about your pits, don’t sweat it, microwave it with miraDry.

To find a miraDry doctor near you, visit miraDry.com

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