Are you self-conscious about excessive underarm sweat?
For the millions of Americans who experience excessive underarm sweat, the daily battle to control the wet circles that persistently spot the underarms can cause not only embarrassment, but frustration. Profuse sweating can lead to socially awkward situations and the unsightly stains they leave behind can eventually ruin clothing.
Our bodies contain millions of sweat glands that produce moisture, a function that helps keep our internal body temperature in equilibrium. Two types of sweat glands, the eccrine and the apocrine glands, which are located just below the skin, are responsible for the secretion of underarm sweat. Under normal circumstances, enough sweat is produced to cool the body when it becomes overheated on a hot day or with exercise. Hyperhidrosis is the condition in which excessive sweat is produced by overactive sweat glands. Uncontrolled outbreaks of sweating occur when the body doesn't properly regulate the amount of perspiration being produced by the sweat glands.
MiraDry is a non-invasive, FDA-cleared treatment that can achieve significant long term reduction in underarm sweat. The sweat glands are safely eliminated through the delivery of electromagnetic energy. Dr. Forley recommends miraDry if your underarm sweating causes you to repeatedly apply antiperspirant or you have to change clothes frequently during the day.
Key elements of the miraDry system:
- A dramatic reduction in underarm sweat is possible without the risks and potential complications of surgery.
- Effective. The miraDry system provides immediate, long-lasting results. Most patients notice a reduction of underarm sweat after one miraDry treatment. Other treatments only disable the sweat glands temporarily, requiring upkeep to stay effective.
- Minimal or no downtime. Because the miraDry system does not require incisions and is performed under local anesthesia, the treatments cause little discomfort and most patients are able to return to their usual daily routine immediately after treatment. Exercise can be resumed within a few days.
When performing the miraDry procedure, Dr. Forley tailors the treatment for each underarm to ensure that the electromagnetic energy is delivered precisely to the sweat glands. Small injections of local anesthesia are used to numb the underarms in preparation for the treatment. As the energy is being delivered, you may feel some pressure and brief, mild heat sensations. A treatment takes about an hour to perform.
After the procedure, patients can expect to experience swelling and soreness, which will subside gradually. Any discomfort can be effectively managed with over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs. To optimize results, Dr. Forley recommends two procedures, scheduled 3 months apart.