Does Miradry Replace Deodorant?

Wondering if Miradry can replace deodorant? Interested in this because my friend has cancer, and the doctors were telling her that deodorant is seen to have health risks or cancer risks now. Have tried the natural deodorant and it just doesn't work! If Ioe gets Miradry done can they stop wearing deodorant and it will work well? 

Doctor Answers 12

Replaces deodorant!

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.
Botox can be a good alternative while miradry is being approved for use in those areas. Botox prevents the nerves from telling the sweat glands to produce sweat and odor. Hope that helps!
And we are the busiest miraDry practice in California with great results. Let us know if you can help in any way.


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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No need for deodorant after Miradry

Miradry is the best way to correct your problem for your armpits, it is not FDA approved to use in your groin at this time. 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 Japan, 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.

...good chance of decreasing odor

Yes, miraDry can permanently destroy the apocrine glands that cause the smell, additionally it can destroy the eccrine glands - sweat glands that produce sweat, that bacteria thrive on. 2 treatments are needed, 3 months apart, good luck. 

Dr Davin S. Lim 
Laser and Cosmetic Dermatologist

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Miradry and Odor..

Miradry destroys the sweat glands (eccrine gland) and the odor producing glands (aprocrine gland). Two treatments, 3 months apart, are typically necessary for optimal results. Deodorant is not typically necessary post treatment...

Dr. Grant Stevens Marina Plastic Surgery Associates Marina del Rey, CA The Institute

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 137 reviews

Miradry helps sweating AND odor

Miradry helps greatly to eliminate not only sweating but odor as well.

Miradry was originally used for sweat reduction. However, patients treated with this technology noticed a big improvement with odor at the same time. Deodorant is optional and most patients do not need to use any after the second treatment or use it like everybody else without hyperhydrosis problem. For example, Miradry is mostly used to eliminate odor in the Japan, where people are only concerned about odor, not sweating.

MiraDry and deodorant

A series of two miraDry treatments has been shown to reduce armpit sweating by approximately 86% in the majority of patients.  The miraDry procedure helps eliminate body odor related to sweat, which is also known as bromhidrosis.  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 the only device on the market that is able to eliminate both eccrine (normal sweat) apocrine ("smelly" sweat) glands.  For this reason, most patients do not feel the need to use deodorant after having the miraDry procedure done.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

MiraDry may reduce odor (bromhidrosis)

miraDry non selectively targets the sweat bearing tissue (eccrine sweat glands) that produce water and electrolytes in what we call hyperhidrosis, as well as targeting apocrine sweat glands that make oily secretions, the metabolic by products of which cause the odor known as bromhidrosis. So, most people that I have treated that have hyperhidrosis and bromhidrosis state (at follow-up) that they experience less odor as well as sweating less. So, you may choose to use deodorant (not antiperspirant) if you want to for residual bromhidrosis.

MiraDry reduces/eliminates need for deodorant

Many miraDry patients choose to stop wearing deodorant.  Deodorant reduces the odor from sweat, and miraDry can make deodorant unnecessary.  In fact, in East Asia, where the population doesn't sweat that much, miraDry is used more to reduce odor than to reduce the moisture from sweating.  

miraDry also reduces (or even eliminates) the need for antiperspirant since it reduces underarm sweating by > 80%, on average, after a single treatment.

Great Success!

Studies have shown that two sessions with the Miradry procedure can decrease sweating on the order of 60-90%. 

Cameron Rokhsar, MD, FAAD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis with miradry and retrograde suction curettage

Axillary hyperhidrosis is caused by excessive sweat gland production.  Treatments such as MiraDry and Retrograde Suction Curettage can help with axillary hyperhidrosis and allow patients to resume life without excessive sweating.  Deodorants and antiperspirants can be less of a daily struggle after treatment. Surgery90210 Raffy Karamanoukian

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

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