Sweating is an important way that your body regulates its temperature. Sweat glands produce perspiration to regulate the body’s temperature when we exercise, have a fever, are nervous, or when it’s hot out. Although it’s natural to sweat, some people experience sweating beyond the normal quantities. This is often called excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis.
What is Excessive Sweating?
Excessive sweating can have a negative impact on your daily life. Often, it can be embarrassing to sweat excessively in situations where it doesn’t seem appropriate. Even in situations where sweating is expected, it can seem like you sweat far more than your peers. For most individuals, antiperspirant is enough to control daily amounts of sweating— but for others, sweat is produced even when there is no reason for it, sometimes so excessively that it drips from the body.
What are My Hyperhidrosis Treatment Options?
There are a variety of treatments available including antiperspirants, medications, iontophoresis, and even surgery. Often, patients benefit from a combination of these procedures that fits their lifestyle and goals best. One of our most recommended options is miraDry®.
miraDry uses a non-invasive microwave delivery process to eliminate excessive sweating in the underarms. Using light suction, the sweat glands are brought closer to the surface of the skin where they are then destroyed by waves of energy. Once they are destroyed, they will not return, permanently reducing the amount of perspiration.
Some of the benefits of the miraDry system are:
82% average reduction in axillary (armpit) hyperhidrosis
Strong safety profile with minimal risks
High patient satisfaction
Immediate and long lasting results
No compensatory sweating
Only two treatments needed
What to Expect During Treatment with miraDry
miraDry treatments come with minimal discomfort and downtime. Prior to treatment, your underarms will be numbed to ensure a comfortable process. After treatment, you might experience normal side effects such as swelling and soreness that will diminish over the next few weeks. Two treatment sessions are generally recommended for optimal results with over 80% reduction in perspiration.
Excessive sweating can be difficult to manage and embarrassing to live with. It’s important to remember that you have effective options when it comes to reclaiming your lifestyle and feeling comfortable with your body. To meet with our hyperhidrosis experts and discuss your options for treatment, contact our Seattle offices by calling or filling out our online form.