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I Am 13 and Am Going to Have Miradry Procedure?

I'm 13 years old and have been sweating profusely since I was 5. I saw a dermatologist and plan on having the miradry procedure sometime soon (next 3 weeks). I've found a few other dermatologists in the Chicagoland area who would do the procedure on me regardless of my age. I'm curious about a few things: 1. the pain (I know I'll have lidocaine). I have a low pain tolerance. 2. Down time I'll experience. I do taekwondo weekly and have very hard workouts.

Doctor Answers (6)

You will be fine....

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13! That's cool. I ve BOTOXed and miraDry 12 year olds- just as long as you are calm, cool and collected, with parental consent, we can either perform Botox or MiraDry for underarm sweating. In fact for treatments such as sweaty hands and feet, we even have 7-8 year olds. Iontophoresis is different though, so I wont digress, this procedure can be done if you are mature enough. 

We often give some mild sedation, such as 10 mg Temezepam, lots of local numbing cream, and the procedure is virtually painless. Lots of ice ice ice and some pain killers after the procedure, and you will be fine. 

Sometimes kids can be easier than adults with a low pain threshold.... my two cents worth.

Regards

Dr Davin S. Lim


Brisbane Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Miradry pain level

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Miradry is a tolerable procedure that requires local anesthetic to numb the skin of the axilla.  Patients will experience some downtime with armpit swelling, but this should subside relatively quickly.Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Minimal downtime after miraDry treatment

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MiraDry is approved for patients 18 years of age and older.  That doesn't necessarily mean that miraDry would be unsafe in teenagers younger than 18, but that it has not been studied in that age group.  MiraDry requires only local anesthesia, which consists of a series of lidocaine injections.  To enhance patient comfort, we numb the armpits with a topical cream to minimze the sensation of any needle sticks from the lidocaine injections.  MiraDry is associated with minimal to no downtime and patients may resume their normal activities on the same day of treatment.  Expected treatment side effects may include swelling and bruising.  A few, rare cases of temporary altered sensation have been reported, with all instances of altered sensation resolving on their own. 

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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If you want to do TaeKwonDo or whatever, you will know. There is no problem (contraindication) to do that and if you have no discomfort, you can do that. There is nothing you can do to hurt the procedure. But, it will be sore and I think for a week or so, you are not likely to want to do anything physical like TaeKwonDo. 

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