Excessive underarm sweating can be both socially and professionally embarrassing, not to mention costly when you consider replacing shirts and blouses. Fortunately, miraDry is an FDA-cleared treatment for this condition — called hyperhidrosis — that we offer at our Spokane, WA, practice. miraDry is a noninvasive treatment that delivers energy to destroy sweat glands under the arms.
How It Works
The heat energy delivered by miraDry targets the glands responsible for both sweat and odor. This technology heats up the glands without damaging the skin by using gentle suction to pull the glands closer to the skin’s surface.
We first numb the treatment area before beginning the procedure, to help you remain comfortable throughout the treatment. Once your underarm is numb, the physician places the hand-held device on the skin. The heat energy not only disables the sweat and odor glands, but also the underarm hair follicles, resulting in permanent hair reduction.
Watch this video to see how miraDry disables sweat glands, and learn more about how it works.
Good miraDry Candidates
Men and women can both benefit from miraDry, especially if they are self-conscious about their underarm sweat. The miraDry patients at our Spokane practice typically have 1 or more of the following traits:
- Wariness of chemicals and heavy metals used in anti-perspirants
- Embarrassment due to excessive body odor
- Excessive sweating during athletic activities
- Constantly having to buy new clothes to replace stained blouses or shirts
- Avoidance of professional opportunities that require public speaking
Additionally, the side benefit of permanent hair reduction in the underarms appeals to many of our patients.
“I have always run warm and been a sweaty person. Sweaty armpits can be very embarrassing and inconvenient. I’d like to give a detailed and personal report on my results of miraDry:
- I haven’t needed or used deodorant since the day prior to the procedure.
- In the past week I’ve been out in the boat several times (80+ degrees), at the drags (80+ degrees), working outside and just simply commuting by scooter. In all these circumstances I’d ordinarily drip from the pits. There was nothing!!
- Not only is there no odor, there’s no moisture. My new mantra has been, “miraDry is a miracle.” It has been truly life changing. “
— Actual patient, 56-year- old female
Most patients notice results after a single miraDry treatment, but a second procedure is often necessary to completely disable the sweat glands. You can return to work or your other usual activities after your procedure, but we recommend applying cold compresses to your underarms throughout the rest of the day.
“Miradry changed my life! For my entire life I have suffered from excess underarm sweat. I have ruined countless tops and dresses with stains and odor. I even resorted to wearing panty liners in my t-shirts. Since my treatment I have not had to wear antiperspirant and a whole new wardrobe world has been opened to me!”
— Actual patient, 31-year-old female
Is it safe to destroy sweat glands?
Sweating is a natural way for the body to cool itself, so many patients worry about disabling the sweat glands. Those glands under the arms, however, represent less than 2 percent of the body’s more than 2 million sweat glands. The body’s ability to cool itself isn’t affected at all by the miraDry treatment.
Will I need to take time off?
Most patients can return to their jobs on the day of the procedure. The exceptions are patients whose jobs require strenuous activities, which should be avoided for about 3 days after the treatment.
Is the treatment painful?
A local anesthetic is injected before the procedure to numb the treatment area. Some patients say they feel slight tingling or a tugging sensation during the treatment, which takes about an hour to complete.
View before-and-after photos of miradry®.