How To Stop Excessive Sweating

The miraDry Treatment

Understand what exactly is the miraDry Treatment, how it works to treat excessive underarm sweating and what are the results one can expect from the miraDry procedure.

What Is The miraDry Treatment?

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Developed by Miramar Labs from Sunnyvale, CA, the miraDry Treatment is a revolutionary, non-invasive and quick outpatient treatment aimed to provide a lasting solution for sufferers of excessive underarm sweating or primary axillary hyperhidrosis.

Excessive underarm sweating is caused by overactive armpit sweat glands that create up to four to five times more sweat than needed to cool the body. To stop this problem, Miramar Labs have developed an ultimate solution – the miraDry Treatment. This treatment method uses electromagnetic energy to cause thermolysis (decomposition by heat) of the sweat glands in the underarm area, thus effectively stopping and controlling the problem.

While miraDry is the first use of electromagnetic energy to combat excessive sweating, the technology has been safely used in other areas of medicine for years including cardiology, cosmetics, general surgery, urology, and oncology.

According to Miramar Labs, the human body has about 2 million sweat glands. Deactivating 2% of that present in the underarm region will not affect the body’s temperature regulating function.

How Does miraDry Work?

During the treatment session, the underarm will be numbed using local anesthesia. Then the therapist will hold a hand-held device against your underarm to deliver an electromagnetic energy to target and deactivate the overactive sweat glands. The procedure takes about 40 to 60 minutes and is performed in one or two visits. Patients will experience no discomfort during treatment however there may be some soreness at the underarms for a few days with mild to moderate swelling, lasting a week or two.

What Are The Results?

Miramar Labs assures that the patient will notice the positive effects of the treatment almost immediately after the procedure and results have been shown to be long-lasting after just two physician visits.

In fact, in a major long-term clinical study of 120 patients conducted by leading dermatologists across the United States, 70% of miraDry recipients said they saw a significant reduction in sweat and their sweating no longer bothered them after 1.5 years.

Where Can One Try The miraDry Treatment?

Currently, the miraDry treatment has just recently been approved by the FDA and physician training and commercialization is in process. Individuals who are suffering from excessive underarm sweating should be able to try miraDry (through trained physicians) by the end of 2011.

Individuals who are interested to try the miraDry treatment should first consult with your dermatologist to see if the miraDry procedure is right for you.

Other Treatment Options

Prior to miraDry, the following are the current sweating treatment for primary axillary hyperhidrosis.

  • Prescription antiperspirants can be ideal for those with mild cases of excessive underarm sweating and is recommended as a first time treatment. Antiperspirants work by plugging sweat ducts, which reduces the amount of sweat that reaches to the pores on the skin’s surface. Prescription antiperspirants may cause skin discomfort or irritation.
  • Botulinum toxin type A or Botox for short can provide temporary relief of excessive underarm sweating by blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that activate the sweat glands. This is done by multiple injections of the toxin in the underarms every 6 to 9 months. While this method is quite effective, it does not cure hyperhidrosis, and symptoms will return, requiring additional injections.
  • A final resort to cure the condition is endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy surgery, which is reserved for severe cases of hyperhidrosis that have not responded to other treatments. The surgery will disable or remove armpit sweat glands.

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