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How can miradry be safe for hydrosis if it is?

If the miradry procedure uses microwave energy which is radiation, to kill the sweat glands in the armpits, how is this safe? How do they know this will not cause cancer?

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MiraDry is safe and effective


miraDry is FDA approved and is deemed safe in the axilla (underarms) as it only penetrates the skin and subdermal layer and destroys the sweat glands. There have been no untowards side effects such as destruction of breast tissue or lymph nodes. This is supported by a large clinical experience in patients with long term outcome of 2 years in the U.S.

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Buffalo General Surgeon
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MiraDry is safe and effective


Hi there-

You ask a good question...

The fact is that electromagnetic radiation exists along a spectrum, and terms like "microwave", "infrared', etc, are just descriptors of where along the spectrum the energy being discussed lies. The truth is that sunlight and the radio waves that transmit your cell phone signal and music to your car stereo are also forms of electromagnetic radiation- but there is little reason for concern that these may cause cancer because they do not penetrate our bodies enough to damage our DNA.

Similarly, the microwave energy used in miraDry treatments is safe because it is very tightly focused at the depth of the apocrine sweat glands in the axillae- penetrating deeply enough to coagulate them, but not deep enough or for long enough to cause injury to the skin, nerves, blood vessels, etc.

There is now data on a very large number of patients over multiple years showing the treatment to be not only safe and effective, but associated with an unprecedented level of patient satisfaction.

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Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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