“Sure?”, a singsong voice in the old deodorant commercial asked, as the dancing young woman on screen waved her arms in the air, or “Unsure?”, as the same girl quickly lowered her arms, suddenly aware of her body odor. For many, underarm sweat and the accompanying self-consciousness are dealt with by applying a quality over-the-counter antiperspirant. For those suffering from hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, it’s not so easy. Telltale stains, chronically wet underarms, and embarrassing odor are everyday struggles that no ordinary deodorant can effectively overcome.
In February, 2011, a safe and permanent solution emerged when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of miraDry® for hyperhidrosis treatment. miraDry® uses electromagnetic energy to completely eliminate underarm pores, thereby dramatically reducing the possibility of sweating and sweat-related body odor. A built-in cooling system protects patient skin for added comfort during treatment. MiraDry® is now available on three continents and, if online testimonials are any indication, a godsend for many. Like any cosmetic dermatology procedure, however, miraDry® for sweat elimination may not be for everyone. It is up to the patient and his or her physician to carefully weigh the risks and possible benefits to determine whether miraDry® is a suitable treatment for your perspiration issues.
Those considering miraDry® should bear in mind that the procedure is:
- • Permanent – Once the sweat glands are destroyed, they cannot be regenerated later.
- • Quick – The treatment takes only about an hour for each underarm.
- • Non-Invasive – Recovery time required is almost zero.
- • Safe – the FDA’s stamp of approval reassures patients of the procedure’s safety.
If you are interested in learning more about miraDry®, contact Dermatology Associates of Atlanta. For skin treatments and products that insurance does not cover, we offer financing options through Care Credit®. Stay connected with us for all the latest on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.