Had a miradry procedure done today 7/14/16. Is it normal to have fluid coming out of the armpit and also have burning sensation?

After washing the underarm, was instructed to rub in alcohol and put neospirin to avoid infection. Concerned about the fluid leakage under the arm.

Doctor Answers 8

Under the arms after MiraDry.

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Hi and thanks for this question. I believe that you're leaking the numbing solution that is used to keep you comfortable during the procedure. This should stop completely by the next morning if not later today. Burning sensations, swelling, tightness and discomfort are all normal for a time period after MiraDry. If you continue to become concerned please call you physician. See the links below for additional information on MiraDry. Best wishes always, Dr. ALDO

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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MiraDry procedure

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It is common for the tumescent anesthesia to drain in the first 6 hours after miraDry procedure. Late drainage, meaning more than 3 days after the procedure is more concerning. it is a rare occurrence. 

Hratch L Karamanoukian MD FACS 

Recovery from miraDry

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Always follow the instruction from the clinic where you had your treatment. Fluid draining from the area can be normal, along with the burning sensation. Ice as much as possible and follow up with the clinic just to be sure they don't have more post care instruction. Neosporin and alcohol are not in our practice's protocol but they may have a reason for telling you to do so.  

Phillip Chang, MD
Leesburg Plastic Surgeon
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The normal recovery after miraDry is: mild to moderate numbness or tingling (lasting 1-2 days), mild to moderate swelling and/or lumpiness (for 5-7 days), mild to moderate discomfort at rest or only when stretching (lasting 5-14 days). Side effects are temporary. In some patient they may last up to 6 weeks- this would be very rare. To have any active drainage, oozing, or other fluid leaking out, is not in the normal recovery experience. Be well.

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MiraDry Side Effects

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Thank you for your question. Normal side effects of MiraDry include: -Swelling in the armpit, altered sensation (numbness or tingling) in the skin of the treated area or the arm, redness or bruising in the underarm or adjacent area.  Other minor effects that may last longer are bumps you can feel under the skin and
darkening of the skin. These should gradually disappear over time.
Fluid leakage post MiraDry is not normal.  You should return to your physician for evaluation. 

Laurie A. Casas, MD, FACS
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Fluid from the armpit

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Thank you for your question.It is unusual to have fluid oozing from the skin after the Miradry procedure.I think you should contact the clinic where you had it done for advice.

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is usually not  good idea and most dermatologists would not suggest that. You may want to verify with your doctor. 

Rashid M. Rashid, PhD, MD
Houston Dermatologist

Leaking fluid after treatment

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If your doctor used a tumescent technique to numb your armpit area prior to the miraDry treatment, it may be normal to have a small amount of fluid leak out from the injection sites.  This usually happens immediately after injection, before the actual treatment, and most patients do not notice much more after the procedure is completed in the office.
If you are still experiencing a significant amount of fluid coming out of your armpit, give your doctor a call to get everything checked out in person.
Take care,Dr. Lim

Angeline Lim, MD
Palo Alto Plastic Surgeon
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