Blog my PA, Kristen, wrote on "miraDry"
This blog post is an attempt to educate patients, and people that
venture across our website, on the benefits of a new service we will be
offering in the month of June 2017. The new product is called miraDry
and it is for both debilitating excessive sweat and permanent hair
removal. Hyperhidrosis, a condition that roughly 8 million Americans are
afflicted with, was the reason that miraDry was originally created.
However, after it began being used for axillary hyperhidrosis, it then
became FDA approved for permanent hair removal under the armpits.
This product was approved for clinical treatment of the excessive sweating condition in 2011, and in 2015 it became FDA approved for underarm hair removal. One of the major advantages of miraDry is that it is able to permanently treat axillary osmidrosis, or foul smelling sweat. The Journal of Cosmetic & Laser Therapy performed a study in 2013 to determine how effective miraDry was at treating both hyperhidrosis and axillary osmidrosis. Patients that were treated during the study were followed up with at the end of 7 months and 93% of them had “good” to “excellent” results regarding odor causing sweat. In April 2012, clinical data from the University of British Columbia showed that miraDry was successful in reducing underarm sweat in over 90% of patients. The average sweat reduction was 82%. Patients rated their satisfaction with the treatment at 90%. With that being said, Pine Belt Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center is extremely excited to be able to offer this service for patients who may be suffering from excessive sweat glands.
As previously mentioned, one of the unplanned uses discovered for the product was that of permanently removing the hair underneath the arms. It is common for people who want hair removed to purchase laser hair removal services. PBD offers laser treatments, however, one thing we wanted to shed light on was that miraDry can remove the hair regardless of skin or hair color. Often times the laser therapies’ efficacy is contingent on the color and thickness of the hair, which is not the case with miraDry. The hair will get zapped regardless.
miraDry is customized to treat excessive axillary sweating in a non-invasive procedure. Previous procedures would include injections of Botox into the underarm, which, over time would become incredibly expensive. Other therapies for hyperhidrosis may include:
- Oral medications
Patients usually experience little to no discomfort during the procedure and there is minimal to no downtime afterwards. A mild over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs are generally recommended for a few days. Most patients are able to return to normal activities or work right after the procedure, and can typically resume exercise within several days. The only downside to miraDry is, because it is customized to the functionality of axillary sweat glands, it cannot be used to treat excessive sweating of the hands, feet, or groin region. This may be something that the makers of miraDry are working towards finding a solution for, however for the time being, it is only available to patients who have axillary hyperhidrosis. The good news is that roughly 50% of the people who suffer from hyperhidrosis suffer from having the condition in their armpits. However, if you do suffer from hyperhidrosis in areas other than the underarms, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with one of Pine Belt Dermatology’s providers as there are options available to help with your condition!
Many of the people who suffer from hyperhidrosis don’t seek help either because they are embarrassed or because they think that it is a natural bodily function. While it is a natural function of the body used in maintaining temperature control, our underarms are only home to less than 2% of our body’s sweat glands. The consensus among physicians in the field is that elimination of these sweat glands will not jeopardize your body’s ability to stay cool and maintain healthy temperatures.