While sweating is an important bodily function, it can be a major issue for some. If you’re sweating excessively, especially in areas that show on your clothing, it could be interfering with your life in a big way – from work to social engagements to holiday photos. Fortunately, there is a revolutionary treatment option you can consider.
Sweating is vital for our bodies to function optimally. This natural process helps regulate body temperature, maintain homeostasis, and rid the body of toxins. But if you’re sweating more than necessary, you might have a condition known medically as axillary hyperhidrosis.
Instances of perspiring that are considered normal and healthy include sweating in warmer temperatures, during intense physical exertion, or even while eating spicy foods. But hyperhidrosis happens in situations unrelated to any of these external stimuli. Typically, this excess perspiration occurs underneath the arms, and it can wreak havoc on shirts, sweaters, and outerwear. Not only that, but visible sweat stains on clothing can cause many hyperhidrosis sufferers to isolate due to embarrassment.
As if all of this wasn’t problematic enough, hyperhidrosis can cause strong body odor if the sweat mixes with bacteria on the skin. So excessive sweaters usually find themselves using antiperspirant frequently, which can be irksome and costly.
Thanks to advances in technology, there now exists a treatment specifically aimed at permanently fixing hyperhidrosis. Even better, it’s non-surgical, so little to no downtime is required! And it’s FDA-approved, so it’s safe for those struggling with hyperhidrosis. It’s called miraDry, and while the procedure works to eliminate excess sweat immediately, it also lasts for a lifetime.
MiraDry works by targeting the sweat glands responsible for excessive and foul-smelling sweat, known as apocrine glands. The procedure uses electromagnetic energy to deactivate these glands. This means that they no longer produce any sweat at all, much less excessive or badly smelling sweat. Full results are typically seen in just one treatment! Occasionally, however, some patients may need more than one treatment to fully solve their hyperhidrosis.
The MiraDry procedure is painless, but some people experience slight swelling or redness following the treatment. These very minimal side effects usually disappear in a few days to one week after the procedure. It’s important to note that MiraDry only works on the 2% of the sweat glands found on the underarms. This is a great thing – the treatment can target the responsible sweat glands, while the rest of the body will continue to necessarily, healthily perspire in appropriate circumstances.
If your doctor recommends against the MiraDry procedure for your specific hyperhidrosis case, don’t worry. Other treatment options exist, including Botox injections or minimally invasive surgical procedures.
If you want to find out more about MiraDry and see whether you’re a candidate for the procedure and you’re located in the greater New York City area, contact Vanguard Dermatology today for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists. We can talk you through the best treatment option for your hyperhidrosis condition.