What are the affects of miraDry and sweating in other places after the procedure?
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Sweating Elsewhere after Miradry
The sweat glands in your axillae (underarm) are only a very small portion of your total body sweat glands--- 1-3%. This amount of sweating is simply redistributed throughout the body, and you should not notice any appreciable increase in sweating elsewhere.
Compensatory Sweating and MiraDry
The sweat glands in the underarm area account for approximately 2% of your body's total sweat glands. By destroying such a small percentage of sweat glands should not result in compensatory sweating.
Fortunately, compensatory sweating in other areas such as the hands, feet and back were not reported to happen in miraDry during their preliminary studies to obtain FDA approval for the treatment. Since it has been FDA approved in 2011, there have been very few reports of compensatory sweating post-procedure. In my clinic, we have performed close to 300 procedures and have had only one case where a patient started sweating a little around the areas treated with miraDry in the armpit area.
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Compensatory Sweating and MiraDry
Compensatory sweating (sweating more elsewhere) is uncommon post MiraDry procedure. You do not need sweat glands in your armpits. You are born with approximately 2 million sweat glands throughout your body. Your underarms only contain 2% of those sweat glands. Since your underarms contain only about 2% of the sweat glands within the entire body, you will continue to sweat naturally elsewhere. MiraDry is a great option for permanent elimination of sweat glands and odor glands. Good Luck!
Sweating is the body's way of cooling off. When sweat evaporates the body gets cooler. It's the same reason you get cold after you get out of a shower. It just doesn't work that way. The body produces enough sweat to cool down. Under your arms the sweat doesn't evaporate.
Thanks for your inquiry. MiraDry will affect only the underarm area and will lead to normal sweating in other parts of the body. Overall, only 2 % of the sweat glans live in the underarm and so there's little compensatory sweating.
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MiraDry and sweating elsewhere
miraDry works quite differently from Botox - so it would be quite unusual to see what is called compensatory sweating (having more production from the sweat-prone areas of the body that were not treated) after the procedure. Since miraDry eliminates only the sweat glands in the armpits (about 2% of your body's total), your body (and you) won't really miss them.
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Compensatory Sweating Extremely Rare-Not Likely to Happen.
What you describe, where increased sweating occurs in other parts of the body after sweat glands are destroyed in one area, is called compensatory sweating. With MiraDry there have been only extremely rare reports of this happening. In our practice we have done over 100 MiraDry treatments and have not had this occur with any of our patients.
Sweating in other areas after treatment
Good question and a very common one that patients ask us. Thankfully, patients do not experience any compensatory sweating (sweating in other areas to compensate for not sweating in the underarms) after Miradry. The underarms make up only about 2% of your body's total sweat glands, so losing them isn't significant to the body to properly control temperature.
We have not seen it affect other parts of the body. The treatment is at the end point of sweating so it is less likely to do the weird things a surgery would do.