Some cosmetic procedures are especially perfect for men, and miraDry® is one of them, although many consider it more therapeutic rather than cosmetic. miraDry® is a treatment for excessive underarm sweat and odor, and this problem often plagues men.
About Excessive Sweating of the Underarms
Excessive sweating of the underarms is medically known as axillary hyperhidrosis. This condition can cause embarrassment and low self-esteem. It also can limit professional, physical and social activities and augment anxiety. It’s a condition that can be especially debilitating for men, who wish to appear confident, calm and cool under pressure. Many men don’t even know that there’s a treatment option for their excessive sweating issues, which makes their discovery of miraDry® that much more exciting.
What Is miraDry®?
miraDry® is a non-invasive, FDA-approved procedure that’s designed to reduce the sweat and odor glands in your underarm area, curbing wetness and aroma. The process is easy. First, your underarm is numbed. This part can vary depending on the facility that you go to have your miraDry® procedure done. The most effective way is the tumescent technique, where a numbing fluid is infused under the skin.
It provides a block which allows for the practitioner to treat the patient at the highest power, when these setting are used most patients will only need one treatment. The more traditional, but less effective way of numbing is a series of lidocaine injections, up to 75 in each underarm. While this does numb the area it isn’t effective enough to treat at the highest power, typically when this method is used you will need more than one treatment for the best result.
Once the underarm area is numbed the miraDry® handpiece is applied directly to your skin. It uses a slight suctioning action to bring the glands closer to the surface of the skin, then timed microwave energy is delivered to destroy those glands. Simultaneous cooling is also applied for added comfort.
It takes approximately 30 minutes to treat each underarm. After completing the treatment you will want to apply ice to the underarms off and on for the remainder of the day, this will help with swelling.
Why People are Choosing miraDry®
The sweat glands in your underarm only make up 2% of the sweat glands in your body, so even without them your body is still able to cool itself off. The whole miraDry® process takes around 90 minutes, and there’s no downtime. Although you can expect swelling and tenderness in the underarm area, you can go back to your normal activities immediately.
Regular, everyday activities can become embarrassing and uncomfortable if you suffer from excessive underarm sweat. This is why men love miraDry so much – it reduces the need for antiperspirants/deodorants and stained clothing problems.