miraDry is a treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis and axillary osmidrosis that was cleared by the U.S. FDA in January 2011. The procedure is widely available in Europe, Asia, and North America. Axillary hyperhidrosis refers to excessive underarm sweating, and axillary osmidrosis refers to foul-smelling sweat; the two conditions often complement each other. The miraDry procedure is normally performed on people who suffer from acute social embarrassment stemming from the above two conditions.

miraDry Eliminates Underarm Sweat Glands

The miraDry procedure is the only non-invasive FDA-approved treatment that provides a permanent solution for excessive underarm sweating. The technology is designed to eliminate the sweat glands in the armpits with the assistance of miraWave energy, which is a form of electromagnetic radiation.

miraDry’s purpose is to eliminate sweat production in the underarm area by destroying the sweat glands in that region. The technology uses a process known as thermolysis to remove the sweat glands. The sweat glands will not regenerate once they have been destroyed, so the effects of miraDry are more or less permanent.

The device eliminates about 2% of the total sweat glands in the body. Clinical data obtained by the University of British Columbia in 2012 showed the average sweat reduction among the patients observed was 82%. miraDry has soared in popularity as it provides a near permanent solution, something which no other treatment can offer.

The technology is specifically used to eliminate underarm sweating, as it has been designed to the specifications of the underarm’s physical attributes. It may be optimized to treat other parts of the body in the near future.

Procedure Details

miraDry normally consists of two treatments that are typically performed three months apart. Sometimes, a third treatment may be needed. The first treatment will take about 90 minutes, while any other treatments will only take around 60 minutes.

The patient first lies with their arms folded behind their head. The underarms are numbed before the procedure begins. Ensure that your underarms are properly numbed, as otherwise the treatment can be painful. Shots of lidocaine are normally given to patients to the numb the region to pain.

miraDry then heats the tissues present at the dermal-hypodermal interface of the underarms, where the sweat glands are present. The technology uses a surface-contact applicator to the heat the tissues. The energy pulses are administered in a grid-like pattern per placement site, and there is also light suctioning of the skin to increase effectiveness of the treatment. If you feel any discomfort during the pulse process, quickly alert your doctor, who will inject more lidocaine for further numbing.

After Treatment

You should be able to resume normal activities immediately after the miraDry treatment. Ideally, patients should wait at least a week before resuming regular exercise.

Directly after the procedure, there will be zero sweat in the area. A little sweating will return in a couple of weeks. If no discernible results have been observed after two treatments, ask your doctor to perform a starch iodine test before opting for the third treatment. This should be done to determine the origin of the sweat.

Schedule a Consultation

Come in for a miraDry consultation to learn more about this unique and effective treatment. Dr. Chase Lay, an experienced facial plastic surgeon, will be happy to answer your questions and get you started, so contact us today for an appointment.