miraDry is type of noninvasive outpatient surgery cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat axillary (underarm) hyperhidrosis. miraDry uses microwave energy to permanently destroy sweat glands under the arms and decrease sweating.
What does it involve?
The goal of miraDry is to decrease underarm sweating by destroying sweat glands under the arms.
The miraDry procedure is available at some dermatological, general practice, and cosmetic surgery clinics. miraDry may be performed by nurses, doctors, or physician assistants. Choose a practitioner who is trained and experienced in providing miraDry for underarm sweating.
Before the miraDry treatment, the medical professional will mark your underarms with a temporary template that will be used to guide the microwave handset during treatment. Next, they inject a local anesthetic to numb your skin.
During the miraDry treatment, the machine cools and protects the top layer of your skin while heating the layer where the sweat glands are located. You may feel mild discomfort. miraDry takes about one hour to complete.
miraDry is generally effective after one treatment.
You can return to normal activities immediately after undergoing miraDry. You may experience some swelling and pain for a few days after the procedure. Ice packs and over-the-counter pain medications can help manage the discomfort.
On average, sweating is reduced by 82 percent at 12 months after receiving miraDry.
miraDry may reduce the amount of hair growing under the arm.
miraDry reduces, but may not eliminate sweating.
miraDry may cause temporary pain and swelling in the underarm.
There may not be a clinic offering miraDry near you.
Health insurance may not cover miraDry. The cost for miraDry varies by region, but is approximately $3,000 in most areas.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
miraDry – International Hyperhidrosis Society
Clinical Results – Miramar Labs