miraDry® is a permanent lifestyle treatment for people who are unhappy with sweaty armpits. Imagine wearing any shirt or dress you want, without worrying about the color, fabric or whether it’s baggy enough to hide sweat stains. In addition, the embarrassing odor will also be gone. This completely non-surgical treatment uses heat to safely eliminate sweat glands. And once they’re gone, they’re gone for good! The sweat glands don’t grow back, so you’ll enjoy the lifetime confidence of dry underarms. To learn more, please call our Baltimore-area practice at 410-902-9800.
What is miraDry®?
miraDry® is a device that uses microwave technology to stop excessive underarm sweating, permanently.
Hyperhidrosis is a common condition that causes a person to sweat more than normal. It may be accompanied by strong underarm odor.
This device is FDA-cleared for reducing armpit sweat. Another great benefit is that you may never need to wear deodorant again, which is a product many people wish to avoid because of the chemicals it contains.
How Does MiraDry® Work?
MiraDry® uses thermal energy to eliminate sweat and odor glands in your underarms. The advantages of this treatment include –
- Immediate results
- Permanent results
The thermal energy creates heat, which penetrates below the skin to destroy targeted sweat glands and odor glands. The surface skin and surrounding tissue is unaffected. In fact, the device cools the surface skin, keeping you comfortable throughout the treatment.
The treatment itself takes only about an hour. It is completely non-surgical and completed with a handheld device. The miraDry® device gently draws the skin toward it, lifting the glands closer to the device. The device then delivers thermal energy to the targeted area.
Anesthetic is applied to the underarms so that you won’t experience any pain or discomfort. Temporary swelling, soreness, bruising and sensitivity are mild and will dissipate over the next several days.
This is a no-downtime treatment. Most people feel comfortable returning to work or other routine activities the next day. You’ll need to wait several days before resuming exercise. Mild soreness in the area is normal.
Who Is a Good Candidate for the miraDry® Procedure?
You may be a great candidate for a miraDry® procedure if:
- You have excessive underarm sweat
- You have to use antiperspirant several times every day
- Your clothing is constantly stained with sweat
- You have to change clothing throughout the day
- You are over the age of 18
Generally, miraDry® is best for those who have excessive sweating under their arms. It cannot be used to treat other parts of the body.
Eliminate Sweaty Underarms at our Baltimore-Area Practice
Most of our patients need only one miraDry® appointment to get the results they want. Most patients will become 75-80% sweat and odor free after just one treatment.
Treatment can be repeated if so desired for even more relief. Dr. Schuster proposes a treatment schedule during your one-on-one consultation at our office.
Are There Any Side Effects From miraDry® Treatments?
There are a few potential side effects that can occur after a miraDry® treatment. This includes underarm swelling, bruising, tenderness, redness, numbness, and tingling. However, most of these side effects fade within a week or so.
Are the Results From miraDry® Permanent?
Since miraDry® destroys overactive sweat glands, the results from the treatment are permanent. Once sweat glands are treated, they cannot grow back. In fact, many patients see an 80-90% reduction in underarm sweat almost immediately.
Is it safe to remove Underarm Glands?
While it’s true your body needs sweat glands in order to cool itself, removing the underarm glands does not affect cooling. The glands in your armpits are only a small percentage of total sweat glands, so their elimination is not problematic. You will still sweat elsewhere after miraDry® treatment, but will be able to say goodbye to “pit stains.”
Are miraDry® Treatments Covered By Insurance?
To determine whether your miraDry® treatment is covered by your insurance, you should contact your insurance provider. Generally, even with a diagnosis of hyperhidrosis, most insurance plans do not cover miraDry® treatments.
To help patients alleviate the cost of cosmetic treatments, Dr. Schuster offers financing through CareCredit™. This zero to low-interest rate line of credit can be used to pay for a variety of healthcare procedures and has several structured payment plans to choose from.