miraDry®: Is There Compensatory Sweating?

One of the common questions patients ask about miraDry® is: does miraDry® cause compensatory sweating?

No, miraDry® Has Not Shown to Cause Compensatory Sweating

The body contains over four million sweat glands, and around 2% are located in the underarm areas1. Eliminating just 2% of a patient’s sweat glands does not affect the body’s ability to cool itself, nor does it result in compensatory sweating elsewhere in the body to make up for the lack of sweat production in the underarm area.

miraDry® treatments work by disabling the eccrine glands in the underarms, and not the nerves that stimulate sweating. Following treatment, the body continues to signal to the nerves to initiate sweating, however the eccrine glands will not be able to produce sweat. These glands do not regenerate2.

If the nerves were damaged, the signals would be redirected to other areas, which would result in compensatory sweating. However, with the way miraDry® works, this is not the case.

If patients have any more questions about miraDry®, we welcome you to schedule a free consultation.

Citations
1. Taylor N., Machado-Moreira C., (2013). Regional variations in transepidermal water loss, eccrine sweat gland density, sweat secretion rates and electrolyte composition in resting and exercising humans. Extreme Physiology & Medicine. 2013; 2:4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3710196/
2. Li H., Zhou G., Fu X., Zhang L., (2009). Antigen expression of human eccrine sweat glands. Therapeutic Options. Journal of Cutaneous Pathology. 36(3):318-324, March 2009. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19032382
About the Author

Charlotte Kulkin, RN, CNS, FNP-BC

Charlotte Kulkin, RN, CNS, FNP-BC, is a Family Nurse Practitioner licensed by the State of Georgia, and the Georgia Composite Medical Board. Charlotte has more than 30 years of experience in primary care, critical care, and cardiac rehabilitation. She currently serves as WIFH’s miraDry® specialist, performing over 600 miraDry® procedures since 2015.