Women don’t sweat, they glow. Yet, a lot of glowing under the arms in the armpit area is not as glamorous as it sounds, for women or for men. Axillary hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating can be a trigger of anxiety, particularly for those who have suffered from a lot of perspiration over the years. Rather than walking around with arms pinned to the sides of your body out of fear of stains, take charge with a miraDry treatment in Greenwich, Connecticut to stop hyperhidrosis in its tracks.
While prescription-strength antiperspirants may work as a stop-gap, they’re often filled with toxic chemicals that can do more harm than good. You shouldn’t have to trade sweat for burning and stinging under the arms. Plus, let’s face it: if you’ve ever suffered from intense perspiration, you know a swipe of deodorant doesn’t really cut it. Instead, there’s miraDry, a safe, convenient and permanent solution to dramatically reduce excessive underarm sweat with minimal downtime, so you can stop worrying and get back to living your best life.
Forget surgery, this permanent long term treatment works!
While there are surgical options available, you don’t need surgery to get rid of excessive sweating. Non-surgical miraDry quickly and eliminates perspiration by up to 90% after one treatment. Sound too good to be true? We’ll break it down for you.
To achieve amazing results, a trained specialist will trace out a guide in the underarm while you’re laying down comfortably. The miraDry handheld device is then placed on the drawn lines in the correct position to target the glands. When activated, the miraDry releases thermal energy that heats up deep under the skin and destroys sweat and odor glands, drastically reducing the amount you will sweat under your arms. At the same time, it cools the skin so that the heat is not noticeable to you. The miraDry treatment is administered in about one hour, just long enough to relax during a busy day.
Most patients discover that one miraDry treatment is enough to eliminate most underarm perspiration. However, if another treatment is desired, it can be conducted after 4-6 months.
A safe and effective choice
MiraDry is a very popular and very safe treatment for sweat reduction from the underarm sweat glands. It’s approved by the drug administration body, FDA, has minimal symptoms and there have been over 140,000 treatments given worldwide with an excellent safety record. While a cause of much distress, underarm glands only account for two percent of the two to four million sweat glands located on your body. That’s a very minor amount that won’t affect your body’s ability to sweat elsewhere, or its inherent need to cool down when you are overheated. You’ll be relieved to know that there is no compensatory increase in sweating anywhere else, yet your body will still be able to efficiently cool itself down.
As previously mentioned, the miraDry treatment is completely painless because the skin is numbed. Before the treatment, you will be given a local anesthetic under the arm so that there is no discomfort felt at all. Afterward, most patients return to their regular routine straight away. It’s best to avoid exercise for a few days after miraDry, but then you may resume as normal.
There may be some short-term localized soreness in the treatment area. Mild side effects may include temporary swelling, underarm swelling, some redness, minor numbness or soreness, muscle weakness, and thickening of the area under the arms that may last between 2 to 4 weeks. Some tingling or bruising may occur, especially after the treatment has taken place, but this will resolve. Some people may experience some tenderness or sensitivity to the touch in the treated area for a few weeks. In some circumstances, hair loss may occur but for most women, this can actually be an advantage! Eventually, the skin should return to its soft and supple pre-treatment norm. You can return to normal activities right away. Your physician will ensure that the comfort level remains high, as this is among the safest treatment options with minimal sensations.
A look at the alternatives: non-surgical and surgical
If you take a quick look at the alternatives, there are several options that work to reduce hyperhidrosis. While Botox is most known for its ability to smooth out wrinkles, it is a popular treatment to stop excessive underarm sweating. As an injectable, it works very differently from miraDry. Botox is injected in microdroplets just under the surface of the skin, right where the sweat glands reside. Instead of eliminating sweat glands, it only temporarily blocks the nerve signals on the sweat glands in your underarm area.
While Botox does reduce sweating by up to 80% to 100% on the first treatment, it also commonly reduces odor. A Botox treatment takes about 10 minutes but must be re-administered every 6 to 12 months to maintain results. Like miraDry, Botox is a safe FDA cleared treatment that is easily tolerated by the patient. Side effects are virtually zero, besides a few pinprick marks. Results are evident by the next day after treatment.
There is also the option of Sweat Gland Scraping, which is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which the surgeon removes the sweat glands. The surgery takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half, during which a microcannula, an advanced hypodermic needle is inserted under the skin to scrape and aspirate the sweat glands. This treatment is generally permanent and patients can go back to their normal routines the following day.
The results are in: clients love miraDry!
We’re so pleased that so many of our clients are loving the results of their miraDry treatments. Here’s what they have to say:
“No more living life around the type of color of shirt I have to wear out in public” – RealSelf Community Member, CA.
“I have literally gone weeks without having to wear deodorant! No sweat stains and no odor.” – RealSelf Community Member, CA.
MiraDry is the only permanent, non-surgical and painless option out there to safely and swiftly eliminate underarm perspiration. If you’re tired of having to wear black every day and constantly checking under your arms for stains, this could be the perfect solution for you.
The friendly and professional staff at Greenwich Dermatology will ensure that you’re completely relaxed before, during, and after your miraDry treatment. If you’re ready to say goodbye to constant underarm sweat, give us a call to set up a consultation to decide if miraDry is right for you!