What is Excessive Sweating?
Excessive sweating, otherwise known as hyperhidrosis, can be an embarrassing disorder that can have a negative impact on daily life. Sweat glands produce perspiration to regulate our body temperature when we are exercising, have a fever, are nervous, or when it’s hot out. 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.
There are a variety of treatments available including antiperspirants, medications, Botox® injections, iontophoresis, and even surgery. For excessive underarm sweating we recommend the miraDry® procedure.
Treatment with MiraDry®
miraDry uses a microwave delivery process to non-invasively 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 hyperhidrosis – 2 treatments needed
- Strong safety profile – minimal risks
- High patient satisfaction – results are immediate and long lasting
- No compensatory sweating
What to Expect During Treatment with MiraDry
When you come in for your treatment with miraDry, you can feel comfortable knowing there will be 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.
To learn more about miraDry and hear from one of our patients, check out our miraDry video above.
Treatment with Botox® Injections
Botox injections are another solution for palmar, plantar, and axillary hyperhidrosis. Botox works by blocking the chemical signals coming from the nerves that stimulate sweat glands. This interruption is effective in decreasing excessive sweating, but it is only temporary. Patients generally receive Botox injections every 6 months.