Can miraDry® Be Used for Feet and Hands?

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Published on May 3, 2019 By: WIFH Staff

Can miraDry be Used on Other Parts of the Body?

Due to the efficacy of miraDry® for treating excessive underarm sweating, patients frequently inquire about whether miraDry® can be used to treat hyperhidrosis of the hands and feet. Currently the answer to this question is no, it cannot. Below are more details on why miraDry® cannot treat the hands and feet areas.

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The Popular Hyperhidrosis Treatment is FDA Approved for Underarms Only

miraDry® is currently only FDA approved to treat hyperhidrosis of the underarms[23], and the current miraDry® hand-piece is specifically designed to fit against and apply light suction to the skin in the underarm area. The skin skin texture of the hands and feet areas differ from the underarm area, and the current design shape does not allow for adequate suction, preventing an effective treatment of the hands and feet.

Microwave Energy’s Could Potentially Damage Vital Structures

Unlike the underarms, the hands and feet have vital structures that are too close to the skin, which leaves them especially vulnerable to injury, including:

  • arteries
  • nerve endings
  • tendons
  • blood vessels

These structures are closer to the surface of the skin on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet than they are in the underarm area, and could be damaged if the current miraDry® device were used for treatment.

Treatment Options for Hands & Feet

For now, other treatment options available for excessive sweating in the hands and feet include topical medications, oral medications, surgery, and Botox® injections.

Paul E. Cox, MD, MS

Dr. Paul Cox MD, MS is the Owner and Medical Director of WIFH, serving the Atlanta-area community as a physician for over 20 years. A 1999 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Dr. Cox completed his residency in Family Medicine in 2002 and is board certified in both Family Medicine and Anti-Aging Medicine. He has been licensed in Georgia since 2001. As one of the first physicians trained in Smartlipo in 2007, Dr. Cox has performed thousands of Smartlipo laser liposuction procedures without complication. He has been performing cosmetic injectables since 2003 and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the world of aesthetics.