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

Regan Kudlata, RN, MSN, FNP-C

Regan Kudlata is a licensed Family Nurse Practitioner and a Senior Cosmetic Laser Practitioner licensed by the Georgia Composite Medical Board. Regan has more than 15 years of laser experience, performing laser hair removal, tattoo removal, skin rejuvenation, treatment of veins and skin lesions, IPL and SculpSure at WIFH.