miraDry is one of the few permanent solutions for underarm sweating, also known as Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis. Unlike medications (which have side effects) or Botox injections (which wear off), miraDry leads to permanent reduction in sweat.
miraDry is FDA approved and takes approximately 90 minutes in the office. At our office, the entire procedure from start-to-finish is performed by the doctor. During the consultation the doctor will inquire about your medical history and perform a special test called the Starch Iodine Test, to see where you are actually sweating. Next, the underarm skin is numbed with local anesthesia; this is actually the most important step in the entire treatment since your comfort is our #1 priority. Finally, you are ready to start the treatment. Each armpit requires approximately 20-30 minutes treatment time, and you are able to lie on your back throughout.
Downtime varies but the average patient reports 3-5 days of mild soreness and swelling. These are normal and temporary side effects, and are relieved with over-the-counter pain medication and frequent icing of the area. Results are noticeable within 24-48 hours. There are no hard restrictions after the treatment however we recommend that you rest for 12-24 hours. It may be difficult to do upper body exercise for the week after the treatment, so if you’re an avid tennis player, for example, just make sure to schedule your treatment appropriately.
Hyperhidrosis is a diagnosable medical condition, and getting relief is possible with miraDry. In our experience, both men and women respond well; men in particular are excited about the “cosmetic” aspect of doing something that feels good for themselves, yet still treating a medical condition. By treating hyperhidrosis and all the stress, anxiety and embarassment that it can cause, miraDry addresses both medical and cosmetic concerns at once.
Runners and other athletes who feel that underarm sweating is a problem are also great candidates. Dr. Williams, creator of The Runner Lift, has found that runners have distinct dermatologic needs, from medical to cosmetic. Runners with hyperhidrosis do very well with miraDry and self-report significant improvements in their training and performance.
Finally, long-term data on miraDry shows that it also mildly reduces underarm hair. Women with blonde or very light brown hairs who previously failed laser hair removal or who want to reduce underarm sweat are particularly great candidates, and the treatment can be tailored for them.
For more information, or to read actual patient reviews and testimonials about miraDry, check out the miraDry page on RealSelf.