Sweating is a normal and healthy function of the human body. But if you’re sweating excessively and it’s interfering with your life, you might be wanting to look into your options. Fortunately, with a procedure called miraDry, you may be able to nip this problem in the bud once and for all.
Over 37 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from the skin concern known as axillary hyperhidrosis, which is the medical term for excessive sweating. While everyone might sweat in warmer temperatures, when exercising, or even while eating spicy foods, sweating is considered excessive when it’s unrelated to body temperature or physical activity.
Most often, this perspiration takes place under the arms. People with hyperhidrosis often have visible sweat stains on their clothing, which can be embarrassing and leave stains. When the sweat mixes with bacteria on the skin, there can also be an odor present, which can further interfere with the person’s life. For those who sweat excessively, there’s often the complaint about how frequently antiperspirant is needed too.
At one time, the only option for people with skin conditions like hyperhidrosis was to grin and bear it, doing the best they could with antiperspirants and always bringing an extra shirt. But with advances in technology, there is now a cosmetic treatment designed to fix this common issue for good.
The miraDry procedure can be completed in as little as one hour and results last a lifetime. Using proprietary thermal technology, this hyperhidrosis treatment fixes the issue of excessive sweating by eliminating the perspiration glands responsible. This electromagnetic energy targets the type of glands responsible for foul-smelling sweat, called apocrine glands. Over 140,000 people have received this highly effective treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis.
During the MiraDry procedure, your underarm is stamped with a temporary tattoo that helps the technician guide the instrument and apply the correct amount of electromagnetic energy. For most people, one treatment is enough to eliminate the sweat glands, but others may need more than one treatment to fully solve the problem. The procedure is painless and requires little to no downtime, though some people do experience slight tenderness, swelling, or redness for a few weeks following the treatment. You may also notice an altered sensation in the underarm area, but this also disappears gradually.
While MiraDry does deactivate the sweat glands responsible for excessive sweating, it only works on the 2% found on the underarms. Therefore, the rest of your body will continue to perspire as is healthy and necessary. The MiraDry procedure is non-surgical and FDA-approved. Results are immediate and permanent.
If you’re in the greater Washington D.C. area and suffering from hyperhidrosis or general excessive sweating, contact the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery today to set up a consultation. We perform the MiraDry procedure in our office and can determine whether you’re a good candidate for it.