Did you know that over 367 million people suffer from excessive, uncontrollable sweating? That’s more than 5% of the global population! While some people may not view excessive sweating as a serious medical condition, this disorder can affect a person’s self-esteem and quality of life, disturbing one’s social, professional, and home life.
For example, the International Hyperhidrosis Society shares a real life story from someone who suffers with excessive sweating:
“In an instant I can go from having a good level of self-esteem to feeling extremely self-conscious, insecure, anxious, and depressed. Excessive sweating is something you never truly get used to. It’s a constant frustration that can’t be forgotten.” -Paul M.
Underarm excessive sweating, also called axillary hyperhidrosis, is a condition where people sweat up to five times the amount that’s necessary to regulate body temperature, primarily in the armpit. This condition is uncontrollable, annoying, and embarrassing for many patients. Luckily, there’s miraDry: the solution for excessive underarm sweating. Keep reading to learn exactly what miraDry is and how it can help you put an end to your excessive underarm sweating.
What is miraDry?
miraDry was approved by the FDA in 2015 as a non-invasive procedure to treat underarm sweating without surgery. miraDry utilizes a handheld device to deliver precisely controlled electromagnetic energy beneath the underarm skin to the specific area where sweat glands are located, resulting in thermolysis (decomposition by heat) of the sweat glands. While the sweat glands are being eliminated through electromagnetic technology, the top layers of the skin are simultaneously cooled and protected. Ultimately, the sweat glands in the targeted underarm areas are eliminated, providing the patient with long-term results.
A 2013 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy examined the efficacy of miraDry by treating 11 Asian patients that were suffering from axillary (underarm) hyperhidrosis. At 7 months followup, 83.3% of the underarms treated with miraDry demonstrated a 2 point improvement in the four point Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale (HDSS), a rating scale developed by the International Hyperhidrosis Society to determine the severity of a patient’s condition.
A clinical evaluation published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery also had promising results that confirmed the effectiveness of the miraDry treatment. This study enrolled 31 adults with axillary hyperhidrosis who were treated with one to three procedure sessions over a 6-month period to treat both axillae fully. Similar to the study mentioned above, the efficacy of miraDry was assessed using the four point Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale (HDSS), as well as gravimetric weight of sweat and the Dermatologic Life Quality Index (DLQI), a dermatology-specific quality-of-life scale. At the 12-month follow-up visit, 90.3% had HDSS scores of 1 or 2, 90.3% had at least a 50% reduction in axillary sweat from baseline, and 85.2% had a reduction of at least 5 points on the DLQI. The authors concluded that miraDry provided efficacious and durable treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis.
The procedure typically lasts about an hour, and following each treatment you can expect to resume your daily activities on the same day with little to no downtime. The ideal candidate for miraDry® treatment will be 18 years of age or older, be in overall good health, and suffer from excessive underarm sweating.
New York board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jessica Krant can provide a detailed assessment of your unique needs to determine whether you may be a good candidate for miraDry®. If you’re bothered by excessive underarm sweating, contact Dr. Krant today to schedule your consultation.