Is miraDry Safe While Breastfeeding?

Would this treatment cause any problems while I'm breastfeeding?

Doctor Answers 10

MiraDry and Breastfeeding

I do not recommend miraDry during breastfeeding and as a matter of fact, you should not get any procedures while breastfeeding unless they are life threatening.

Read the miraDry book provided on the link below. 

Buffalo Phlebologist
4.8 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

No, it is not safe.

No, being that we will be injecting lidocaine into the area and it would not be safe for the baby.

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

Do not receive miraDry treatment while breast-feeding

One should not receive miraDry treatment while breast-feeding as lidocaine is injected into the underarm area prior to treatment and could potentially cross into the breast milk.  However, as soon as you stop breast-feeding, it is safe to do.

Karyn Grossman, MD
Santa Monica Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

MiraDry and breastfeeding

Miradry requires local medication as well as possible pain pills after treatment.  You should wait until you stopped breast feeding

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews


miraDry requires tumescent solution to numb the area containing, salt water, lidocaine and epinephrine.  I would wait until after you are done nursing.

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Breast feeding and Miradry - I would wait

I have co-authored a book on Miradry with Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian. At this time, I would not suggest elective Miradry during breast feeding unless there is a medically-legitimate reason for not waiting. 

Dr. Karamanoukian 
Los Angeles

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

MiraDry and Breasfeeding

Hello and thank you for your question. MiraDry is not recommended during breastfeeding, or any such procedures where medications are administered (such as the numbing injections with lidocaine). As stated below, unless something is directly ordered by your Ob/GYN or primary medical provider for emergent or other such medical issues. After breastfeeding, miraDry is safe, and will result in the treatment and resolution of odor, sweat and excess hair as well! miraDry now has an FDA indication for 70% reduction of hair of all colors, including blonde! Please call our office for a complementary consultation with our Nurse Practitioner, Jennifer Tinelli. Thank you!

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

Express but uncomfortable

My suggestion is that you have this procedure after breast feeding, as the swelling can be quite marked. Swelling you see is not of the breast tissue, but because of gravity and the way you sleep, the swelling from the armpit may affect the surrounding tissue, making breast feeding uncomfortable. To answer your question about safety-

1. I would express feed / bottle feed 4 hours post (as lidocaine with adrealine is used) - this covers the safety aspect.

2. I would delay miraDry procedure for excessive underarm sweating until after breast feeding- from a comfort point of view. 

I hope this gives a balanced answer

All the best

Dr Davin S. Lim 
Laser and Cosmetic Dermatologist

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

MiraDry should not affect future breastfeeding

It sounds like you are wondering whether women who plan to breastfeed in the future can be miraDry.  miraDry will not affect your ability to breastfeed in the future.  

However, if you are currently breastfeeding, I would recommend that you wait until you have stopped breastfeeding.  This is an elective procedure and can be scheduled at your convenience.

Melissa Chiang, MD, FAAD
Houston Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Yes if you stop for 24 hrs

Miradry treatment requires local anesthesia to be have tolerable level of pain control. Lidocaine  is the agent of choice and it is gone from the body within several hours. To be  safe stop breast feeding for 24 hrs. It is a time proven and reasonable rule used for any procedures under local anesthesia

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

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