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Do I Need to Shave my Armpits Before Getting a miraDry Treatment?

For a guy, the thought of shaving my armpits seems odd. Is this something I need to do before the appointment, or is it not an issue?

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Armpits should be shaved 1-3 days prior to the procedure

Armpits have to be shaved prior to this procedure.  I recommend that shaving should be done prior to coming to the office one to three days prior to the procedure.  There has been a few reports of infections reported when the armpits were shaved at the doctors offices.  The reason for this is unclear but most likely is related to microscopic scratches that are sustained during the shaving prices that may serve as a portal of entry for bacteria during the procedure causing infections

New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Shave 1-2 days prior to miraDry treatment

Yes, we ask both our female and male patients to shave 1-2 days prior to miraDry treatment. It may be a little annoying but if you do not shave your underarms at home it will need to be done just prior to the treatment in order to get the treatment.

Karyn Grossman, MD
Santa Monica Dermatologic Surgeon
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Shave Your Underarms 4-6 Days Before Your miraDry Procedure


Dear anon,

miraDry is an excellent, non-invasive treatment for excessive underarm sweating.

Shaving your underarms at least 4 days prior (eg. 4-6 days prior) to your miraDry procedure is recommended so that your hair will not interfere with the treatment and that any skin irritation related to shaving will have subsided.

It is also possible, though less optimal, to have your underarms shaved by your provider just prior to your procedure.

Warmest wishes,

Larry Fan, MD

Larry Fan, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

MiraDry and armpit hair

I agree with the other doctors that shaving is indeed necessary for success of the procedure.

The other issue is that there is often a permanent reduction of hair growth after the treatment. Women LOVE this 'side effect", and I have yet to see a male patient who would not gladly trade in his axillary hair for a fix for his hyperhidrosis. Because so many athletes and other males are now shaving their armpits, this has not been an issue at all.

Michael L. Maris, MD
Dallas Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Underarms need to be shaved prior to MiraDry for excess sweating or hyperhidrosis

It is important not to have the hair shafts be in the way when we deliver MiraDry for excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. Thus, we ask our patients to shave a day or two prior to the procedure. In case our patients forget to do so, we can assist in shaving prior to the MiraDry procedure.

William Ting, MD
Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Shaving Prior to MiraDry

Yes, patients are required to shave both underarms about 1-2 days prior to MiraDry treatment.  If you forget to shave, we will shave your underarms before the procedure.  However, it is possible that this may lead to irritation so we prefer to have you shave prior to your appointment.

Kathleen M. Welsh, MD
San Francisco Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Miradry and Retrograde suction curettage for underarm and axillary hyperhidrosis

Shaving is important before any type of axillary hyperhidrosis treatment, including the Miradry system. I have all of my patients shave one day prior to treatment with Botox or Retrograde Suction Curettage for axillary hyperhidrosis.  

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

Yes it is a good idea but we can do it for you

Shaving is required but we can do it for you at New Horizons Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Chicago where we offer Miradry


Yes, I recommend shaving the night before treatment. Long hair or stubble interferes with the treatment.  Shaving with a blade immediately before treatment presents a slightly higher risk for infection.  In my practice, we have minimized this risk by using a surgical clipper.

Best of luck!

Jeffrey B. Wise, MD, FACS
Wayne Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 70 reviews

Yes, shave 2-3 days before procedure

Its a must, this is because the electromagnetic energy needs to be delivered cleanly to the eccrine or sweat glands, and not have hair in the way. BTW- miraDry can cause PERMANENT hair reduction in all patients, this is because the sweat glands and hair follicles reside in the same depth. We ensure that all patients are aware of this prior to treatment. 

Best of luck, 

Dr Davin Lim 
Dermatologist Specialist

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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