Does Miradry Help with Odor?

Does Miradry help with odor? 

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MiraDry Can Help Eliminate Underarm Sweat *and* Odor

Dear anon,

miraDry is typically very effective for both reducing underarm sweat as well as underarm odor.

There are two main types of sweat glands, the watery sweat producing eccrine glands and the odor-related apocrine glands. miraDry is effective against both types of sweat glands. In a recent clinical study of 31 patients, 87% of the patients reported noticeable underarm odor before miraDry and only 26% nine months after treatment.

As it turns out, the elimination of underarm odor is one of the main reasons that many people in Japan are turning to miraDry.

If you are bothered by underarm sweat and/or odor, miraDry can be an excellent treatment option.

Warmest wishes,

Larry Fan, MD

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Miradry and Sweat Odor

You'll be happy to know that Miradry is very effective in eliminating body odor in the axillary area. This is because if there is little or no sweating, the bacteria on the skin don't have a substrate to break down into malodorous products. Even if you don't think you are sweating excessively, any sweat at all has the potential to create a bad scent. Deodorant only masks the odor, but Miradry can prevent it completely! 

Cameron Rokhsar, MD, FAAD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

MiraDry and odor improvement

You may experience some swelling, minor bruising and tenderness of the underarms, which should subside within a couple of weeks. We recommend avoiding strenuous activity requiring your arms until your symptoms have resolved. Some patients have short-term altered sensation of the underarm skin or upper arms. This will gradually disappear. If any of these side effects occur, we recommend avoiding strenuous activities requiring use of your arms until they have subsided. Aside from getting rid of sweat and odor, miraDry® can also reduce hair growth under the arm.

Yes  it does help with odor.  My results were excellent with one treatment but it was 4-8 weeks of healing

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

MiraDry Reduces Underarm and Sweating Odor

Yes, MiraDry does reduce and improve underarm body odor.  This is because, no only does Miradry kill the eccrine (sweat) glands, but it also kills the apocrine (odor) glands.  Eccrine glands secrete an odorless clear fluid full of electrolytes and this process helps the body control its temperature.  

Apocrine glands are also sweat glands, but they are different - they are located in the underarms and genital area.  They produce a thicker fluid which comes in contact with the bacteria on the skin's surface and this causes the body odor.  

Most patients do not need antiperspirant or deodorant after just one MiraDry treatment.  Some patients need two treatments to get the desired dryness and odor reduction.  

Odor and miraDry

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
5.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Miradry helps with odor.

The Miradry targets both eccrine and apocrine glands, The apocrine glands are responsible for the typical underarm sweating, and once treated with Miradry odor is also improved and even absent in some cases.

Kaleroy Papantoniou, MD, FAAD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Miradry correct Odor as well as Sweat problems

Miradry is the best way to correct your problem. 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. Miradry eliminates these glands permanently and solves both problems. You will never need to use deodorant again.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Yes it can..

miraDry reduces both eccrine and apocrine glands. These glands are BOTH associated with odour. 
Eccrine glands produce sweat, this can lead to a rich pool of nutrients for bacteria to breed, in turn worsening odour and smell. Apocrine glands also contribute to bromohidrosis- these glands are also reduced with miraDry. 

Sometime a combination of BOTOX, miraDry, diet and deodorants gives the best outcomes. 


Dr Davin Lim 
Laser Dermatologist

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

MiraDry for odor elimination

MiraDry can reduce both sweating and odor.  It is possible that slightly higher energy may be required to reduce odor compared to moisture, and if odor is your main concern, I would address that with your physician in the preprocedure consultation.  In addition it can reduce hair growth in the area.

Allison Readinger, MD
Fort Worth Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Miradry and reduction in armpit odor

Our office specializes in hyperhidrosis and Miradry. Patients benefit from a reduction in odor, but the procedure is FDA approved for hyperhidrosis only at this time. 

Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 85 reviews

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