There is now a way to permanently reduce underarm sweating without surgery! So whether you sweat excessively (hyperhidrosis), suffer from body odour (bromhidrosis), dislike the yellow stains on white clothes or white marks on black clothes, have sensitive skin that doesn’t tolerate deodorants or just don’t like to have the inconvenience of underarm sweat, miraDry® could be your answer.
For many, just one treatment is required, but for some, a small touch up treatment is needed after 3 months.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia after the sweating area is measured and a stencil is applied to mark out the area. These marks are temporary.
A special applicator is placed in a series of marked locations over the armpit. It sucks the numbed skin up until it meets a cooling plate which protects the skin’s surface. Microwave energy is then applied and this focuses specifically on the level where the large sweat glands sit in the armpit. These are irreversibly damaged. Sweat glands do not regenerate once they have been destroyed. Most people will therefore notice an immediate reduction in sweating.
There will be some swelling and discomfort when the local anaesthetic wears off, however most find over-the-counter analgesics and covered icepacks provide sufficient relief. Occasionally, some lumps or bands may be felt under the skin. These will gradually subside. Some localised numbness or tingling may also be noticed temporarily, fading over days to weeks. Some skin types may notice some temporary colour change. Some permanent hair loss may occur.
If you have some skin tags or large moles in the armpits, it is best to have these removed before the miraDry® procedure.