The miraDry® procedure is a proven and lasting non-surgical treatment option designed to stop excessive underarm sweating, also referred to as axillary hyperhidrosis. The treatment works by delivering precisely-controlled electromagnetic energy directly to the area where the sweat glands are located under the arm, heating up sweat glands to eliminate them. The type of energy utilized during the procedure ideally treats underarm sweat because it causes maximum elimination of sweat glands with minimal impact to surrounding tissues. The non-invasive, FDA-cleared procedure results in an immediate reduction in underarm sweating following treatment that has also been proven to be long-lasting, since sweat glands do not regenerate
About Excessive Underarm Sweating (Axillary Hyperhidrosis)
Sweating is a means of helping the body maintain a consistent body temperature, but when the incidence of sweating becomes excessive, especially in the underarm area, it can cause embarrassment, anxiety, social isolation, and other negative personal and social consequences. Excessive perspiration occurs due to overactive sweat glands or sweat glands that don’t “turn off”, producing more sweat than is needed to cool the body while also continuing to work when they should be at rest.
Excessive underarm sweat is experienced by many adults and can negatively impact nearly every aspect of life. It is estimated that about 1 in 5 adults (ages 18 – 49) are impacted in some way by excessive underarm sweating, or axillary hyperhidrosis – this amounts to approximately 30 million people. Some of these people have been diagnosed with the condition by a medical professional, while many more suffer in silence. Market research studies have shown that about 89% of people say that excessive underarm sweat interferes with their daily activities. However, only about 5% of people who feel like they sweat too much have discussed the problem with a medical professional, and most don’t realize that the condition is treatable.
Treating Axillary Hyperhidrosis
There are a number of treatment options available for excessive underarm sweating. However, many are “temporary fixes”, designed to temporarily stop sweat glands from working overtime. These treatment options include prescription-strength anti-perspirants and oral medications, as well as injections of botulinum toxin A. Another more permanent solution is surgery, although it is invasive, and as with all types of surgery, includes inherent risks.
miraDry is a lasting, non-invasive, proven and FDA-cleared treatment option for diminishing the negative effects of excessive underarm sweating. The miraDry procedure works by delivering electromagnetic energy directly to the sweat glands in the underarm area, where the energy heats up and eliminates the sweat glands. The procedure is performed in the office and patients can typically return to regular activities immediately following the treatment. Results are noticeable immediately after treatment, and the results are long-lasting, since research has shown that sweat glands do not regenerate.
About the miraDry Procedure
The miraDry system eliminates overactive sweat glands by delivering electromagnetic energy to the area where the sweat glands are located under the arm and is indicated for individuals over the age of 18 that suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis. The electromagnetic energy, precisely delivered to the exact area where it is needed, heats up the sweat glands to eliminate them. The non-invasive procedure is done right in a physician’s office and takes about one hour to complete.
During the procedure, the patient lays in a reclined position with arms placed above the head to make the underarm area accessible for treatment. The underarm area is precisely marked and a local anesthetic is administered by injection with a fine needle. The miraDry system, which is a handheld device, is then used to deliver the electromagnetic energy to the precise locations necessary in order to most effectively eliminate sweat glands. Patients will feel slight suction from the vacuum in the handpiece, although most patients report experiencing little or no pain during the procedure.
Immediately following the miraDry procedure, the underarms are cleaned to remove any markings used during the procedure and ice packs are placed under the arms to reduce swelling. Most patients can return to regular activities immediately, although vigorous activity or exercise should be held off for several days. For the first few days, patients may experience mild discomfort in the underarm area, which can be treated with ice packs and a mild over-the-counter pain medication.
Results of the miraDry treatment are immediate and patients can expect to see a noticeable reduction in the amount of underarm sweating as soon as the treatment is complete. However, for the most effective results, it is recommended that a patient undergo two separate procedures utilizing the miraDry system, spaced three months apart. The second procedure is designed to eliminate resistant sweat glands or glands that may have been missed due to skin laxity or misalignments in the first procedure.
Benefits of the miraDry Procedure
The miraDry procedure has been shown to result in an immediate and dramatic reduction of sweating in the underarm area. In fact, clinical studies have reported that the procedure resulted in an average sweat reduction of 82%, based on measuring the weight of sweat produced before and after the procedure. These results have been proven to last, since sweat glands do not regenerate once they are eliminated, and benefits are achieved without the need for invasive incisions or cuts, as is done in surgical procedures to treat the condition. The miraDry procedure is quick, relatively painless and non-invasive, and requires virtually no recuperation time. Patients can typically return to regular activities immediately, although patients may experience some minor and short term discomfort and swelling.
The miraDry system was developed after more than five years of research and development and is cleared by the FDA for use in the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis in individuals over the age of 18. The effects of the system are backed by a major long-term study that was conducted by leading U.S. dermatologists. To date, over 6,000 miraDry procedures have been performed, with successful results.
Is miraDry Right For Me?
The miraDry system offers immediate, lasting results designed to reduce the incidence of excessive underarm sweat. Clinical study on the non-invasive procedure has shown an 82% average sweat reduction, with more than a 90% efficacy rate after 24 months. The procedure is non-invasive, requires only two trips to the doctor’s office, and results in virtually no down-time or recovery period following treatment with only minimal short-term side effects that may include localized swelling and discomfort in the underarm area.
miraDry is only approved for treatment of excessive sweating in the underarm area and is not used to treat excessive sweat occurring in any other location on the body. The procedure is only recommended for adults over the age of 18 and is not for people that use supplemental oxygen, have a heart pacemaker or other electronic device implant, or that are allergic to or have had problems with local injected anesthesia.
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