If embarrassing underarm outbreaks, stained clothing and constant antiperspirant application are a part of your life, then you may be a good candidate for the miraDry treatment.
The miraDry treatment is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure exclusively available in the DC Metro area at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery that uses electromagnetic energy to target and deactivate the sweat glands in the underarm. The treatment does not involve any incisions and is performed in one or two office visits.
Prior to treatment the underarm is numbed using local anesthesia, then the miraDry Handpiece delivers electromagnetic energy to the area where the sweat glands reside. The procedure itself only takes about 40 minutes.
· Non-invasive (no surgery or incisions)
· One or two treatments
· Physician-office procedure
· Minimal recovery time
What is the miraDry ® treatment?
miraDry is the only noninvasive, FDA-cleared treatment that will free you from the bothersome problems of underarm sweat. By eliminating the sweat and odor glands, you can feel confident that your underarms will remain dry in any situation.
Don’t I need sweat glands?
Not in your armpits! You are born with approximately 2 million sweat glands throughout your body. Your underarms only contain about 2% of those glands. After your miraDry ® treatment you will experience the many benefits of dry underarms, and you will continue to perspire normally elsewhere.
What is the treatment like?
You will be in a reclined position for about one hour. You aren’t likely to feel anything during the treatment since your underarms will be numbed prior to treatment. After treatment, you may experience swelling, soreness, tingling and numbness in the treated area. These sensations typically clear-up within a few days to a few weeks.
How does it work?
The miraDry system uses proprietary miraWave energy that targets and destroys sweat and odor glands in your underarm. Once those glands are destroyed they do not grow back so that means once they are gone, they are gone for good.
What results can I expect?
You can expect to have an immediate reduction in your sweat. Sweat glands don’t grow back so you should experience results that last. The amount of sweat reduction you desire should be discussed with your miraDry physician. As with any treatment, the results may vary from person to person.
How many treatments will I need?
You will see results in as little as one treatment. However, as with any aesthetic treatment, your physician will determine the best treatment plan for your desired results.
Is the treatment painless?
Since your underarms are numbed prior to treatment, most patients experience little to no pain.
Is there any downtime?
Depending on what your typical day is like, downtime can be minimal to none. Most patients return to regular activity (like returning to work) immediately. Exercise and vigorous activity is typically resumed within several days. You may experience discomfort in your armpits for several days post treatment.
Is it safe?
Yes, miraDry has been used in over 55,000 treatments worldwide with an excellent safety record.
Are there any side effects?
After treatment, you may experience temporary swelling, soreness, tingling and numbness in the treated area. These sensations typically clear up within a few days to a few weeks. There have been no reports of permanent side effects; however, some patients experience short-term altered sensation in the skin of their underarms or upper arms, which gradually disappears. Please consult with your physicians for all possible side effects and to see if miraDry is right for you.
If you are bothered by excessive underarm perspiration, the miraDry treatment may be right for you. Please contact the Washingtion Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery to schedule a consultation.