Will MiraDry Distroy Apocrine Glands?

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Miradry and aprocrine glands

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Miradry is FDA approved to treat hyperhidrosis in the armpits. Some patients have also seen improvements in armpit hair and bromohidrosis. 

Dr. Karamanoukian 
Los Angeles

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Destroys apocrine and eccrine glands

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Although miraDry is getting a lot of attention recently, it has actually been around for a while. It has been extensively studied and there is no cancer association. The FDA has cleared it for safe use as well. The microwave energy only penetrates 4-5mm in depth and heats up and destroys the sweat and odor glands. The energy does not reach lymph nodes or deeper structures and it in non-ionizing radiation (the safe kind, like radiowaves). I have had the procedure done myself and it has truly been a gift. One and done for 80% of people! In the long term, much more cost-effective than Botox which has to be repeated every 3-6 months. Let us know if we can help in any way.

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Hello and thank you for your question. MiraDry will eliminate both the apocrine glands and the eccrine glands to stop both sweating and odor. In addition, MiraDry just received an FDA indication for 70% hair removal, all hair colors! Eliminate sweat, odor and hair in as little as one treatment! Call our office to set up a complementary consultation with our Nurse Practitioner, Jennifer Tinelli.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Miradry gets rid of apocrine glands (body odor)

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Yes Miradry destroys apocrine glands which is why it is effective in treating odor.Miradry is the best way to correct your problem for your armpits. Generally one but sometimes two treatments are required for lifelong results. Excess sweat (hyperhydrosis), and smelly armpits (bromhydrosis) are caused by eccrine (sweat) and apocrine glands whose secretion is modified by bacteria causing a bad odor. Even though you may wash frequently, the cleaning action does not get down into the pore depth where the bacteria live. In Asian countries, this is the major use of this technology. Miradry eliminates these glands permanently and solves both problems. You will never need to use deodorant again.

In theory YES, it will

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miraDry will target BOTH apocrine and eccrine gland as they lie in the same level. Electromagnetic energy destroys both these structures, whilst the cooling and suction protects the upper layers of the skin. 
As of today (sept 2014), miraDry is approved only for eccrine glands in Australia under TGA ruling. 

I am however asking miraLabs to provide resources so I can do a study on Apocrine gland dysfunction and destruction as conditions such as odour and HS can be treated. 

Stay tuned. 

DR Davin Lim 
Laser and Cosmetic Dermatologist
BRISBANE, Australia 

MiraDry Is Effective for Both Underarm Sweating and Odor

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Dear rasap,

miraDry uses electromagnetic energy to heat up and destroy both eccrine and apocrine sweat glands of the underarm. miraDry is effective for treating both excessive underarm sweating and odor.

Warmest wishes,

Larry Fan, MD

Larry Fan, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon

MiraDry and Apocrine glands

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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 able to eliminate both eccrine (normal sweat) apocrine ("smelly" sweat) glands.  An added benefit of the miraDry procedure is that patients may see decreased hair growth in treated areas as sweat glands are typically seen in association with hair follicles.  

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MiraDry destroys apocrine glands (and accompanying odor)

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miraDry uses microwave technology to destroy eccrine (sweat) and apocrine (odor-producing) glands in the treated areas.  It also destroys hair follicles.  In Asia, miraDry is used mainly to reduce odor, rather than to reduce wetness.  It works well for this purpose.

MiraDry eliminates odor via apocrine glands - miraDry for bromhidrosis

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miraDry is the only studied procedure that has been shown to eliminate bromhidrosis. It is of course also FDA approved to treat hyperhidrosis.


MiraDry eliminates both odor and wetness of sweat

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MiraDry definitely destroys both apocrine and eccrine glands.  When humans sweat, we secrete two types of liquid.  Eccrine glands produce the wetness of sweat, apocrine glands the odor of sweat. Botox injections can eliminate the wetness, but not the odor.  MiraDry is the only FDA approved treatment that eliminates both the odor (apocrine) and the wetness (eccrine) components of underarm sweating.


New data from Canada is also extremely promising. This data shows that the sweat reduction with MiraDry is extremely long lasting, with results now stable 2 years after treatment (and in all likelyhood permanent). We sometimes get asked whether it is dangerous to eliminate underarm sweating, and the answer is no.  Humans have sweat glands virtually all over the body, with the primary function of helping us cool ourselves. Eliminating only the underarm glands still leaves thousands and thousands of glands elsewhere to do the cooling.

Michael S. Kaminer, MD
Chestnut Hill Dermatologic Surgeon

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