Everyone sweats, and this is a really good thing. Sweating helps regulate our body temperature, contributing to maintaining homeostasis. But while sweating during exercise, in warm or hot temperatures, or even while eating spicy foods is normal, excessive sweating is another issue altogether. Read on about hyperhidrosis and the revolutionary treatment called MiraDry.
Excessive sweating affects over 37 million people in the U.S. This skin condition, medically known as axillary hyperhidrosis, is officially diagnosed when the patient reports sweating that is unrelated to body temperature or physical activity. Hyperhidrosis can manifest in any part of the body since sweat glands cover the skin almost everywhere. However, since there are more sweat glands in the soles of the feet, palms of the hands, armpits, and groin, these are often the sites of problematic axillary hyperhidrosis.
When this excess perspiration takes place under the arms, it can very often cause visible sweat stains. While this may be acceptable at the gym or the beach, it can be cause for embarrassment in the boardroom or at the podium. Besides, hyperhidrosis in the armpit area can leave clothing stained -- no matter how many times it’s washed -- and when it mixes with dirt and bacteria, it can produce body odor. While antiperspirants and deodorants can help, often even frequent application is not enough to solve the problem.
Fortunately, due to advances in cosmetic treatments, there is now a revolutionary procedure that can effectively treat axillary hyperhidrosis in the underarm area. The entire FDA-approved MiraDry treatment is completed typically in one hour or less, and the results last a lifetime. This cosmetic treatment uses proprietary thermal technology to eliminate the perspiration glands responsible for excessive sweating in the underarm area. The electromagnetic energy specifically targets the type of glands responsible for foul-smelling sweat, called apocrine glands.
Over 140,000 people have received the highly effective MiraDry treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis. During the procedure, the underarm is stamped with a temporary tattoo that helps the technician guide the instrument and apply the correct amount of electromagnetic energy to the site. MiraDry deactivates the sweat glands responsible for the excessive sweating in the underarms -- around 2% of the glands total. Therefore, the rest of your body will continue to perspire as is healthy and necessary.
One miraDry treatment is typically enough to produce lifelong results, but occasionally patients may need more than one treatment to fully solve their hyperhidrosis issues. The procedure itself is painless and requires little to no downtime. Minor side effects post-treatment might include slight tenderness, swelling, or redness for a few weeks. There may also be an altered sensation in the underarm area, but this also disappears gradually.
Suffering from hyperhidrosis or general excessive sweating? If you’re in the greater Washington, D.C. area, contact The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists who can talk to you about the MiraDry procedure and determine whether you’re a good candidate.