Strong Armpit Odor Surprisingly Not Bacteria Related Can Miradry Help?

Hi. I know it's my appocrine glands giving me problems but unlike most people with this issue I don't sweat. Also I feel my problem isn't bacteria related since antibacterial agents like alcohol, antibacterial soap ,peroxide , prescribed antibiotic creams or tea tree oil doesnt nuetralize the odor. I used to smell 1 hr out of the tub but since I received electrolysis hair removal it's about 3 now . The odor is oniony and nothing works same problem in the groin. Would miradry be able to help??

Doctor Answers 10

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.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Help to minimize odor

Hi and thank you for your question!
MiraDry will help to eliminate sweat and odor glands. In addition, they have received an new FDA indication for hair removal of all colors! Up to 70% permanent reduction!! It seems, this would be very helpful for this type of situation. Minimizing the hair would add an additional factor that may help this issue. Please call our office for more information.
Good luck!

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 147 reviews

Miradry to eliminate smelly pits

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 clean with alcohol, 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.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Miradry for the armpits

Some patients have noted an improvement in odor, but the Miradry system is specifically FDA approved for hyperhidrosis of the armpits. 

Dr. Karamanoukian 
Los Angeles

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

MiraDry can help the odor

In theory, miraDry can help with the odor you have. How does this work? Well, miraDry uses electromagnetic energy to heat up a certain layer in your skin. This layer is in the deep dermis and fat, where structures such as eccrine glands (sweat glands) and aprocrine glands(odor glands) lie. The hair follicle also lies in this area, and hence most patients experience a reduction of hair as well. 

2 treatments 3 months apart should fix the problem. 


Dr Davin Lim
Laser and Cosmetic Dermatologist
Brisbane and Gold Coast

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

MiraDry works for odor in the armpits

In our practice, we've seen many people with excessive sweating or odor in their armpits.  MiraDry procedure, because it permanently destroys the apocrine glands, substantially reduces odor associated with this gland.  Although there is no guarantee, our experience has been quite positive in this area.  Of all treatments available for excessive sweating or odor in the axilla, MiraDry is the best and most permanent on the market.

Lee P. Laris, DO
Phoenix Dermatologist
4.8 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Miradry procedures work well for excessive sweating

The miraDry procedure helps eliminate 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.  Botox injections also work to help decrease sweating, but results are more temporary as injections need to be repeated every 4-6 months with Botox effects wearing off near the end of that time frame.  MiraDry is the only FDA-approved procedure that offers long-lasting results and the only procedure that has been shown in studies to treat "smelly" sweat.  Studies demonstrate that results last up to 2 years and are likely permanent as sweat glands do not regenerate. 

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Bromohidrosis can be effectively treated by MiraDry or Cynosure PrecisionTx (formerly known as SideLaze)

While Botox is effective in reducing eccrine gland activity responsible for hyperhidrosis, it is ineffective against apocrine gland activity which is responsible for body odor in the armpit areas. We are among the first in the West Coast to offer two FDA-approved modalities that will dramatically reduce malodor or bromohidrosis with MiraDry and Cynosure PrecisionTx (formerly known as SideLaze). MiraDry utilizes controlled microwave technology to safely ablate sweat glands as well as odor-producing apocrine glands. Cynosure PrecisionTx (formerly known as SideLaze) delivers precise 1440nm laser energy that ablates both eccrine and apocrine glands in dramatically reducing both hyperhidrosis and bromohidrosis.

William Ting, MD
Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Miradry for bromhidrosis

miraDry is FDA approved for underarm hyperhidrosis. Patients who have had miraDry note that associated bromhidrosis is also improved after this procedure. The microwave energy does not seem to target eccrine glands only, but also the apocrine and apoeccrine glands. So, this may be something for you to talk about with a miraDry provider. I have seen both hyerhidrosis improve and bromhidrosis improve after this procedure.

Hratch Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Buffalo Phlebologist
4.8 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

MiraDry for strong armpit odor

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.

You should also check your diet, medications and supplements that can contribute to this problem

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 110 reviews

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