The questions you want to ask about miraDry but were too afraid to ask

Miradry questions

Excessive sweating treatment miraDry was approved by the FDA in 2011, is now available in over 50 countries, and over 180,000 procedures have been performed worldwide. It’s also clinically proven to deliver results; a study published in the Dermatological Surgery journal reported that 90% of patients experienced a significant reduction in perspiration, while another in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy found over 93% of patients experienced a major reduction in body odour.

However, despite the global success of this treatment, there are still some miraDry questions that get asked time and time again during consultations. Karidis Clinic aesthetic practitioner Stevie demystifies this innovative excessive sweating treatment.

Q: Don’t I need sweat glands?

“Sweat glands do play an important role in regulating body temperature. However, most people aren’t aware that we have approximately two million sweat glands and only about 2% are located under the arms. We do have a higher concentration of apocrine glands in the armpits that are responsible for body odour, which is why we are usually more self-conscious of sweating in this area.

“That’s why it is possible to safely treat the underarms with miraDry while still perspiring normally elsewhere.”

Q: How painful if miraDry really?

“The treatment itself is pain free as we numb the underarm area with lidocaine. So, you’ll just experience a little stinging while we administer the local anaesthetic injections.

“Afterwards, it is not uncommon to experience soreness, swelling and sensitivity in the underarm area. Every patient’s experience of pain is different, but most find any discomfort is easily managed.”

Q: Can miraDry really get rid of underarm hair also?

“miraDry uses electromagnetic energy to disrupt the overactive sweat glands and the heat generated will also affect the hair follicles in the treated area. So, although it’s not advertised as a hair reduction treatment, patients find that it can slow down hair growth.”

Q: How do we know the long-term effects of miraDry?

“miraDry has been approved for axillary hyperhidrosis or, as we know it, excessive underarm sweating for 13 years and continues to be the gold standard in terms of safety and efficacy.”

Q: Is miraDry safe for people with dark skin?

“Unlike laser treatments which are attracted to pigment in your skin or hair, miraDry delivers precisely controlled electromagnetic energy into the sweat glands, so it works no matter your skin colour.”

Q: Will I start excessively sweating in other places if I get miraDry?

“Patient are sometimes more conscious of sweating in other areas once the underarms are treated but reported cases of compensatory sweating are extremely rare.”

Q: Will miraDry increase my risk of cancer?

“There has never been a single report of cancer related to this treatment. The electromagnetic energy is precisely controlled and delivered just into the sweat glands which are positioned directly below the skin. The breast tissue or lymph nodes are located much deeper and are not affected.”

Q: Is miraDry worth the investment?

“miraDry produces a long-lasting reduction in excessive sweating, so it is definitely a more cost-effective solution that other treatments available such as injections of botulinum toxin that only last approximately six months. miraDry has been clinically proven to produce a reduction in underarm sweating of up to 94% with patient satisfaction recorded as greater than 90%.”

Have more questions? Call 0207 432 8727 to book a miraDry consultation with Stevie.