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My Question is Regarding Miradry. Odor is More my Problem than Sweat. Will This Procedure Help?

will this reduce or eliminate the oder? My shirts are so hard to wash because I use deoderant to mask the oder. I am 16 years old. I exfoliate, shave and scrub. I tried drysol, it iritated my skin and every deoderant and anti persperant that I can find. Please help. What else can I do?

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MirAdry for odor

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MirAdry is FDA approved for both hyperhidrosis and odor.  One of the #1 purposes of its use in Asia where swelling is less of an issue than odor tends to be, odor is the #1 reason for treatment in that region of the world and it is very popular and reportedly very effective.  Mild patients have used it for odor and has been pleased.  In general patients can expect to do 2 treatments although many patients are quite happy with 1.  In extreme cases of odor or hyperhidrosis 3 treatments is sometimes required.  It is important to note that a side effect of the MirAdry treatment is loss of axillary hair or hair in the armpit area.  While most people find this to be a good thing it is not always a desired outcome for some patients so you must be aware of that possibility.  The treatment takes about 45 minutes and is done under local anesthesia.

mirAdry has been a very nice addition to my office

Chase Lay, MD

Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon


Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

MIRADRY FOR UNDERARM ODOR

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You seem like an excellent candidate for MiraDry.  The treatment targets sweat glands that not only significantly reduce sweat production, but also odor.  Two sessions spaced about 3 months apart have demonstrated a reduction of about 85 percent.  At this point in the clinical trials, these results appear permanent.  

Best of luck!

Jeffrey B. Wise, MD, FACS
Wayne Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

Possibly effective

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OK, miraDry targets eccrine glands, the glands that produce sweat. In most cases odor is a combination of sweat produced by eccrine glands, and also odor from apocrine glands. Hence if both eccrine and apocrine glands are selectively reduced in number, odor should decrease. 
2 treatments are needed, spaced 3 months apart. 

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

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Effective Treatment

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Miradry is FDA approved for both odor and sweat reduction.  The real advance with this procedure is that it is minimally invasive with very little downtime and has approximately an 80-85% reduction with two treatments.  The results are permanent and unless a patient wants more reduction, third treatment, there is no need to repeat treatments.

Surgical options are available but have significant downtime and risks and the neurotoxins like Botox are temporary requiring multiple treatments.

Michelle J. Place, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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MiraDry for Sweat and Odor Reduction

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Miradry is a great treatment for you. It is the only FDA approved sweat and odor reducing procedure available on the market. The microwave technology targets the eccrine (sweat) glands and the aprocrine (odor) glands in the underarms. Two treatments are recommended usually 3 months apart.

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

MiraDry for 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 is able to eliminate both eccrine (normal sweat) apocrine ("smelly" sweat) glands.  Botox injections also work to help decrease (non-smelly) sweating, but results are more temporary as injections need to be repeated every 4-6 months with Botox effects wearing off near the end of that time frame.  MiraDry is the only FDA-approved procedure that offers long-lasting results and the only procedure that has been shown in studies to treat "smelly" sweat.  Studies demonstrate that results last up to 2 years and are likely permanent as sweat glands do not regenerate.  At the present time, both Botox and MiraDry are only approved for those 18 years of age and older. 

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Miradry helps sweat and odor

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Miradry can help you with your problem of sweat as well as odor because it has an effect on both the eccrine glands (sweat glands) and apocrine glands (odor glands). The reduction of sweat may be great enough to eliminate need for strong antiperspirants and deoderants but will certainly reduce the sweat enough that these agents work much better. If odor continues to be a problem without a lot of sweat a prescription topical antibiotic gel applied at night can be helpful by reducing the bacteria that act on the sweat to produce odor 

Elizabeth F. Rostan, MD
Charlotte Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

MiraDry for bromhidrosis and hyperhidrosis - underarm odor - bromhidrosis treatment Buffalo NY

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miraDry is FDA approved for underarm hyperhidrosis but it also helps patients with coexistent bromhidrosis. I have seen this in my miraDry patients and it does help. The sweat (eccrine sweat) is water and electrolytes and originates from eccrine swet glands and miraDry destroys these glands. The oily secretions originate in apocrine glands and these glands are also destroyed histologically by the miraDry procedure.

Read the ebook on the link below. 

Hratch Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Buffalo General Surgeon
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MiraDry Can Help Eliminate Both Underarm Sweat AND Odor

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Dear Helen1,

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

While sweat itself has little smell, the breakdown of sweat by bacteria that live on the surface of the skin leads to sweat byproducts that have a strong odor. Because miraDry eliminates sweating, there is no sweat to be broken down to the offensive waste products. Hence, the odor is usually eliminated. As it turns out, the elimination of underarm odor is the primary reason that many people in Japan are turning to miraDry.

Warmest wishes,
Larry Fan, MD

Larry Fan, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Miradry and botox can be both very helpful

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Odor in the armpits is the result of breakdown of sweat into malodorous products by the bacteria that live on the surface of the skin.  By decreasing sweating odor will also decrease significantly since there is less substrate (sweat) for the bacteria to work on.  Miradry accomplishes the decrease in sweating by selectively heating the sweat glands that reside in the skin.  This procedure is long lasting.  Botox works by decreasing the pumping ut of sweat from the sweat ducts.  This is however is temporary and lasts on the order of six months on average.  Miradry would be safe in your age group in my opinion.

Cameron Rokhsar, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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