Excessive underarm sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, can be significantly reduced with the miraDry system, a safe, FDA-cleared treatment for overactive sweat glands that is the result of over 5 years of research and development. Normally, sweat is produced as a mechanism to lower body temperature. However, 1 in 5 adults produce excessive amounts of perspiration, beyond what is physically required by the body, leading to embarrassing wetness that can have a negative affect on many daily activities at work and in social settings. The procedure involves the non-invasive delivery of electromagnetic energy directly to the sweat glands to eliminate them by a precisely controlled heating effect. Since only 2% of the 4 million sweat glands in the body are located in the underarms, there is no physical need to preserve the glands in this location if they present a problem. The result is long lasting since the glands do not regenerate.
The procedure involves numbing the underarms with tiny injections of anesthetic to maximize your comfort as the heat energy is delivered. Generally, two 1 hour long treatments are recommended with a three month interval between sessions to maximize the benefits. The results are evident immediately. There is minimal downtime with variable degrees of mild, localized discomfort and swelling and temporary changes in sensation. Exercise can usually be resumed after a few days.
Until now, all treatments for excessive underarm sweating have been temporary or involved surgery. With the miraDry system, Dr. Forley is able to offer you a long term solution to problematic underarm sweating with a simple, non-invasive procedure that has shown 90% patient satisfaction in multiple clinical studies. Please schedule a consultation if you are interested in learning more about this very effective new treatment for underarm sweating.
Written by Dr. Forley on December 28, 2013