MiraDry Treatment, Does Hair Grow Back?

I am recieving the MiraDry treatment soon, I am wondering if my armpit hair will grow back to normal after the treatment?

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Miradry treatment for underarm sweating

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Miradry is not a primary treatment for excessive hair in the armpits and although some hair is lost, it may not be permanent. Surgery90210

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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MiraDry also reduces armpit hair

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miraDry effects the hair glands as well as the sweat glands.  This means that most patients that have miraDry notice a reduction in their axillary hair.  Your hair will not grow back as normal; it will likely be thinner, finer, and less dense.

Hair removal

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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!  You do get 70% hair removal with the first treatment.  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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MiraDry and axillary hair removal

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Hi and thank you for your question. miraDry does help to minimize underarm hair, reports are that its about a 70% reduction. It has a new FDA indiction for hair removal of all colors. The only treatement that can removal hair of all colors. At our office, we offer complementary consultations, so for any questions please call us and set up a consult with our Nurse Practitioner, Jennifer Tinelli.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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...may not

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Even though miraDry targets the apocrine, and more importantly the eccrine (sweat glands), it may also accidentally hit the pilosebacous units (hair cells), and unwanted permanent hair removal / reduction maybe seen. This is because the hair units lie in the same plane as the eccrine (sweat glands).

An Additional Benefit of miraDry is Reduced Underarm Hair

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Dear Ryan001,

miraDry is a very safe, effective, and lasting treatment for excessive underarm sweating. It has quite literally changed the lives of hundreds of patients in my practice.

A partial reduction or delay in underarm hair growth is a common side effect. Most patients, both men and women, consider this to be an additional benefit.

Warmest wishes,

Larry Fan, MD

Larry Fan, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon

MiraDry and hair loss

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The miraDry procedure targets the apocrine glands which secrete oily secretions and cause bromhidrosis, as well as the area where the skin harbors the hair follicles - and of course, the eccrine sweat glands that secrete water and electrolytes that cause hyperhidrosis. In my practice of miraDry, patients that develop hair loss are happy with that outcome as a side effect. At one year follow-up, it seems that hair does grow back in most patients treated with low settings (setting level 3).

Hair density can be slightly reduced

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The hair density can be slightly reduces with miradry in the armpits but it does not eradicate hair.  Most patients (both male and female) view this as a positive outcome.  

Cameron Rokhsar, MD, FAAD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon

MiraDry may cause long lasting hair loss in the underarm, but this can be a good thing.

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miraDry may cause long lasting hair loss in the underarm, but this can be a good thing.

Many patients are pleased to reduce the amount of hair in their underarms while reducing their sweating.

William P. Coleman III, MD
Metairie Dermatologic Surgeon

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