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Does Miradry Help with Odor?

Does Miradry help with odor? I scrub, exfuoliate, shave and still have an odor problem, and have tried many deoderant/anti persperant. My issue is more of odor not of sweat.

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MiraDry Can Help Eliminate Underarm Sweat *and* Odor

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Dear anon,

miraDry is typically very effective for both reducing underarm sweat as well as underarm odor.

There are two main types of sweat glands, the watery sweat producing eccrine glands and the odor-related apocrine glands. miraDry is effective against both types of sweat glands. In a recent clinical study of 31 patients, 87% of the patients reported noticeable underarm odor before miraDry and only 26% nine months after treatment.

As it turns out, the elimination of underarm odor is one of the main reasons that many people in Japan are turning to miraDry.

If you are bothered by underarm sweat and/or odor, miraDry can be an excellent treatment option.

Warmest wishes,

Larry Fan, MD

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Miradry and Sweat Odor

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You'll be happy to know that Miradry is very effective in eliminating body odor in the axillary area. This is because if there is little or no sweating, the bacteria on the skin don't have a substrate to break down into malodorous products. Even if you don't think you are sweating excessively, any sweat at all has the potential to create a bad scent. Deodorant only masks the odor, but Miradry can prevent it completely! 

Cameron Rokhsar, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

MiraDry for odor elimination

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MiraDry can reduce both sweating and odor.  It is possible that slightly higher energy may be required to reduce odor compared to moisture, and if odor is your main concern, I would address that with your physician in the preprocedure consultation.  In addition it can reduce hair growth in the area.

Allison Readinger, MD
Fort Worth Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Miradry and reduction in armpit odor

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Our office specializes in hyperhidrosis and Miradry. Patients benefit from a reduction in odor, but the procedure is FDA approved for hyperhidrosis only at this time. 

Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

MiraDry for Sweat and Odor Reduction

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MIradry destroys both the sweat glands (eccrine gland) and the odor producing glands (apocrine gland) in the underarms. Two treatments are recommended, 3 months apart for optimal results.

Dr. Grant Stevens Marina Plastic Surgery Associates Marina del Rey, CA The Institute

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Yes it reduces sweat AND odor

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Miradry procedure eliminates most of the armpit sweat gland so it does reduce odor as well as sweat. We have extensive experience here in  Chicago so please contact us if you have any questions 

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

MiraDry works on underarm sweat and odor

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Yes, the miraDry procedure helps eliminate odor related to sweat, which is also known as bromhidrosis.  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 the only device on the market that has been shown in studies to eliminate both eccrine (normal sweat) apocrine ("smelly" sweat) glands.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

MiraDry helps not only with sweat, but with odor as well!

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MiraDry is a wonderful alternative to Botox in the underarms for the treatment of hyperhydrosis. It has a lasting effect where Botox normally renders ineffective after 6 months. It not only targets the glands that produce the wetness, but it also targets the glands that produce the odor associated with sweat as well. Another nice side effect is that the hair may not grow back. Anyone who is sweat bothered, or even just odor bothered should try MiraDry. 


Phillip Chang, MD
Leesburg Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

MiraDry dramatically reduces armpit odor

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Armpit odor occurs when bacteria breakdown sweat from the apocrine sweat glands.  miraDry dramatically reduces underarm sweating.  Reduced sweating results in reduced odor.

In Asia, where people sweat very little, miraDry is very popular for odor reduction, rather than moisture reduction.  

To summarize, it is a very effective technology for reducing odor as well as sweating. 

MiraDry helps bromhidrosis ...

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miraDry is FDA approved for hyperhidrosis. miraDry has also been shown to help relieve bromhidrosis (odor) as it also destorys apocrine sweat glands. It does not discriminate between eccrine (watery sweat), apocrine (oily secretions from hair follicles) and the third tye of sweat gland described histologically, the apoeccrine sweat glands.

So, to answer your question, patients that have been treated with miraDry show reduction in the amount of watery sweat (eccrine function) and odor, also known as bromhidrosis.

By the way, Botox does not relieve odor in 99% of cases.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.