Millions of men and women in the United States suffer from a condition known as hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. Excess sweating in the underarms can be embarrassing, especially if you’re at work, on a date or even just relaxing with friends. People with hyperhidrosis can sweat profusely in their underarms or on the palms of their hands and the soles of their feet. Deodorant might reduce the severity of this condition, but it often isn’t enough. MiraDry, a procedure for sweat gland reduction, can stop excess sweating in these areas of the body.
The Problem of Excessive Sweating
What can make hyperhidrosis even worse is the odor that can result from so much sweat. Sweat glands are present practically everywhere on the human body, just underneath the skin. The problem for people with this condition is the concentration in number of sweat glands that are on the hands, feet, and armpits. The sweat glands of people with hyperhidrosis are overactive, so this means much more sweat from these areas of the body than normal.
In order to treat excessive sweating, the sweat glands in these areas of the body have to be destroyed. While this can sound extreme, remember that there are countless numbers of sweat glands in most other areas of the body. We need to sweat; it’s nature’s way of keeping us cool and removing toxins and impurities from our bodies. The removal of impurities is one of the reasons sweat can have such a foul odor.
The MiraDry Procedure
The handheld miraDry device releases thermal energy into the skin. The thermal energy is absorbed by the sweat glands and they stop functioning normally. Once sweat glands are destroyed, they don’t grow back either, so this means dry skin in the treated area for virtually a lifetime after successful treatment. The miraDry procedure is quick and simple, and it will only take about one hour out of your day to have it done.
First, the areas of the body to be treated will be numbed with anesthesia. Our physicians need to know exactly where to apply the thermal heat from the device, so the precise area of the body to apply thermal energy to will be marked. These markings are semi-permanent; they are like temporary tattoos that can be cleaned off afterwards. Once this is done, the device is placed on the surface of your skin.
The device is then activated. You will feel a slight sucking sensation as the device pulls the skin closer for more effective thermal energy transfer. The device is calibrated to cool the skin while transferring the thermal energy into the sweat and odor glands. It will take just one treatment for most people to notice results. However, more than one treatment might be necessary for some people to get the desired results.
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A reduction in sweat will improve your work and social life dramatically. No longer will you be limited to solid, dark colors when you pick out your shirt or blouse for the day. Some people go days without wearing deodorant once they have the miraDry procedure performed. To learn more, please feel free to make an appointment with Grossman Dermatology. At our convenient locations in Santa Monica and New York, our caring and devoted team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option to you in full and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!