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So Far So Good! -Chicago, IL

I started sweating when I hit puberty around 12...

I started sweating when I hit puberty around 12 years old and life was NOT fun. Finally, 13 years later there is something that works for excessive sweating and takes away the pain and embarrassment of it all!

After spying the brochure at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery & Dermatology I asked some questions and only had reservations because of the pricing. ($1,500 per treatment). Finally, I could not handle it anymore and decided to book my consultation with Stephanie. She is super nice and throughly explained everything about the procedure, pre and post as well. I went in feeling confident, excited, and nervous all at the same time.

Like I was told, I shaved morning of and did not wear any deodorant. It started off with Stephanie and her assistant measuring the size of my underarms, and I guess I am in between sizes so they used the larger one. On went the grid 'tattoo' that tells them where to inject the Lidocaine and where to put the miraDry machine. Both started injecting the Lidocaine at the same time and yikes! They start with every other line so when they go back you really don't feel the second round. This was the most painful part of the procedure. I immediately began feeling the effects of the Lidocaine (I rarely drink caffeine) and began shaking and I just could not help it.

Next up came the treatment itself. Stephanie did a level 2 on the top portion and then level 4 on the rest. I felt not a thing, except once it got a little warm but even then it really felt like nothing at all. It went by like a breeze and some other staff came in the room to check it out and chit chat. Soon I was done and leaving with my after care instructions and my ice packs! And the Lidocaine shakes…I had those for another 30 minutes or so.

I was feeling pretty good for a bit and then 4 hours post it started to really swell up and become painful. I was thankful for the leftover Vicodin I had on had from a root canal last month. It was hard to get comfortable for sleeping. I am a side sleeper and let me tell you, side sleeping is NOT happening. I ended up sleeping on my stomach.

The next morning I was pretty sore and pretty swollen. The ice packs were a very welcome relief, and very necessary. My underarms were the most swollen and sore on this day, though I did have some great relief for a few hours after taking a few ibuprofen. It got me through Thanksgiving dinner! Sleeping this night was much easier and I even spent some time sleeping on my sides.

Now, 2 days later my underarms are much less swollen, still tender, but overall looking and feeling good. Reaching is not such a great feeling though, but I have a better range of motion.

The only thing bothering me now is my breasts. They have swollen up a cup size and are sore and tender. Most of the tenderness is nearest my underarms, but some on top as well. Maybe from holding my shoulders oddly from the day prior?

I haven't worn deodorant since Tuesday (!!!) and I do not smell and I have not sweat at all since the procedure Wednesday afternoon.

I will go for my next treatment at the end of February/beginning of March and Stephanie will do a level 3 on the top few lines and then a 5 on the rest. I am looking forward to it!

5 Weeks Later...

Still going strong! I have sweated some, but not nearly on the same level as before. The times I did sweat a bit were because I was delivering gallon tins of popcorn to all 35 floors of tenants or because I was incredibly warm. Even then the sweating was not bad at all! I have been incredibly happy!

Pain-wise the loss of sensation is still there but at the same time it is also sensitive. It's hard to explain...it hurts but the sensation is not fully there.

Got my second treatment...

I got my second treatment and did levels 4 (top few 'lines') and 5 (on the rest) and it went so much faster than the first round! It also did not hurt as much nor did I get as swollen as I did the first time. Recovery was a breeze this time around. No sweating as of yet but we will have to wait and see!!
Stephanie Fox

Stephanie is great! She is super nice and friendly. She is very knowledgable and really wants to help you out.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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