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Will MiraDry Distroy Apocrine Glands?

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In theory YES, it will

miraDry will target BOTH apocrine and eccrine gland as they lie in the same level. Electromagnetic energy destroys both these structures, whilst the cooling and suction protects the upper layers of the skin. 
As of today (sept 2014), miraDry is approved only for eccrine glands in Australia under TGA ruling. 

I am however asking miraLabs to provide resources so I can do a study on Apocrine gland dysfunction and destruction as conditions such as odour and HS can be treated. 

Stay tuned. 

DR Davin Lim 
Laser and Cosmetic Dermatologist
BRISBANE, Australia 

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MiraDry Is Effective for Both Underarm Sweating and Odor


Dear rasap,

miraDry uses electromagnetic energy to heat up and destroy both eccrine and apocrine sweat glands of the underarm. miraDry is effective for treating both excessive underarm sweating and odor.

Warmest wishes,

Larry Fan, MD

Larry Fan, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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MiraDry and Apocrine glands

The miraDry procedure utilizes microwave technology to selectively target and eliminate sweat glands in the armpits by focusing electromagnetic waves at a specific level in the body where sweat glands are located.  MiraDry is able to eliminate both eccrine (normal sweat) apocrine ("smelly" sweat) glands.  An added benefit of the miraDry procedure is that patients may see decreased hair growth in treated areas as sweat glands are typically seen in association with hair follicles.  

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
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MiraDry destroys apocrine glands (and accompanying odor)

miraDry uses microwave technology to destroy eccrine (sweat) and apocrine (odor-producing) glands in the treated areas.  Sometimes hair follicles are also destroyed.  In Asia, miraDry is used mainly to reduce odor, rather than to reduce wetness.  It works well for this purpose.

MiraDry eliminates odor via apocrine glands - miraDry for bromhidrosis

miraDry is the only studied procedure that has been shown to eliminate bromhidrosis. It is of course also FDA approved to treat hyperhidrosis.


MiraDry eliminates both odor and wetness of sweat

MiraDry definitely destroys both apocrine and eccrine glands.  When humans sweat, we secrete two types of liquid.  Eccrine glands produce the wetness of sweat, apocrine glands the odor of sweat. Botox injections can eliminate the wetness, but not the odor.  MiraDry is the only FDA approved treatment that eliminates both the odor (apocrine) and the wetness (eccrine) components of underarm sweating.


New data from Canada is also extremely promising. This data shows that the sweat reduction with MiraDry is extremely long lasting, with results now stable 2 years after treatment (and in all likelyhood permanent). We sometimes get asked whether it is dangerous to eliminate underarm sweating, and the answer is no.  Humans have sweat glands virtually all over the body, with the primary function of helping us cool ourselves. Eliminating only the underarm glands still leaves thousands and thousands of glands elsewhere to do the cooling.

Michael S. Kaminer, MD
Chestnut Hill Dermatologic Surgeon
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