In general, our bodies produce sweat to help cool us down when we’re overheated. Sweating is an important factor involved in thermoregulation.
Underarm sweat is produced through two types of sweat glands located just below the surface of the skin. The eccrine glands secrete a clear, odourless fluid to help cool the body. The apocrine glands produce a thicker fluid that gives underarm sweat its distinctive odour.
Some people have overactive glands, meaning they frequently turn on when they should be at rest, and they produce much more sweat than what’s needed to cool the body. Some people’s sweat glands can produce four or five times more sweat than normal.
MiraDry is the only noninvasive, FDA-cleared treatment that will free you from the bothersome problems of underarm sweat and odour. By eliminating the sweat and odour glands, you can feel confident that your underarms will remain dry in any situation.
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following, miraDry procedure may be right for you:
- Does your underarm sweat make you feel embarrassed?
- Does underarm sweat interfere with your daily activities?
- Do you frequent apply antiperspirant?
- Do you worry if someone will notice your sweat stains?
- Do you change your clothes more than once a day due to underarm sweat?
- Do you wear fabrics, colours and styles of clothes that do not show sweat easily?
- Are you frustrated over constantly ruining clothes?
You will notice a significant sweat and odour reduction after only one treatment. In rare cases, for patients with a significant sweating issue, two treatments are recommended, spaced three months apart.
MiraDry is a permanent treatment for excessive underarm sweat and odour. Patients rated their satisfaction with the treatment at 90%.
The miraDry procedure is performed exclusively in Greece in the IQ Dermatology Care clinics under the personalised care and attention of Dr Tzermias Christopher.
Yes! miraDry is a safe procedure and the only FDA-cleared solution for significantly reducing underarm sweat and odour providing lasting results in a non-invasive way.
MiraDry is approved for patients 18 years of age and older, however, it can be performed safely on patients under the age of 18 with the consent of a legal guardian. MiraDry is contraindicated for patients linked to several serious medical conditions. Before the procedure, the patient should arrange a consultation and be prepared to discuss his/her complete medical history with Dr Tzermias and his staff.
The miraDry device is the only one in this field throughout the world to permanently treat underarm hyperhidrosis and bromhidrosis.
The miraDry procedure is performed in the IQ Dermatology Care offices and patients can expect:
- local anaesthesia to be administrated to the underarms (duration 25 minutes) for comfort
- the miradry procedure to typically lasts 40 minutes depending on the size of treatment area
Depending on what your typical day is like, downtime can be minimal to none. Most patients return to regular activity (like returning to work) immediately. Exercise and vigorous activity is typically resumed within several days. You may experience a mild to moderate discomfort in your armpits for several days post-treatment. Most patients follow the protocol of putting ice on diligently for the first day and then being quick to apply again if there are any feelings of heat.
The procedure is customised for each underarm area with multiple placements of the miraDry handpiece to deliver precisely controlled energy to the region where the sweat glands reside. Local anaesthesia is administered to the underarms prior to the procedure to maintain patient comfort.
Most patients experience little to no pain. During the procedure, most individuals experience some pressure and light pulling on the skin with some sensations of warmth. On average, patients describe the discomfort as about a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest).
We highly recommend the use of ice packs for a few days. You should be able to return to normal activities or work right after the procedure, and you can typically resume exercise within a few days.
You can expect to have an instant reduction in your sweat. Sweat glands don’t grow back so you should experience results that last forever. Most patients see a reduction in sweat immediately after treatment. As with any medical procedure, results will vary for each patient.
After treatment, you may experience temporary swelling and minimal discomfort in the treated area. These sensations typically clear up within a few days to a few weeks. Some patients experience short-term altered sensation in their underarms, which gradually disappears.
Yes! The results are long-lasting because the sweat glands do not regenerate after they have been eliminated.
The answer is No! Your body contains over 4 million sweat glands, with only about 2% located in the underarms. Eliminating this 2% will not affect the body’s ability to cool itself.
No. When sweat glands are eliminated in the underarms, you simply stop sweating in that area. So, don’t worry your body won’t start sweating more in other areas to “compensate”.
No, at this time, the miraDry treatment is only designed to work with the anatomy of the underarms.
Yes! miraDry has been performed successfully on thousands of patients and it has been proven to be highly effective. Published studies demonstrate destruction and elimination of axillary sweat and odour glands and permanent reduction of sweat and odour.
If embarrassing underarm sweat outbreaks, stained clothing or frequent antiperspirant application interfere with your daily life, then you may be a good candidate for the miraDry procedure. Schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr Tzermias to see if the miraDry treatment is right for you. Note that miraDry is indicated for adults 18 and over and can be used also on patients under 18, with parental consent.
MiraDry comes from California, U.S.A. and was developed by Miramar Labs.
Microwave energy is the electromagnetic energy that lies in the spectrum between infrared waves (such as LASER) and radio waves (RF devices).
The microwave energy device has proven to be effective and safe as the LASER and RF devices are. MiraDry meets the international technical and safety standards.
For the treatment of underarm sweat, the effect of btx is only temporary and lasts approximately 4 months. MiraDry provides a permanent solution to the problem. At the same time, miraDry works on both the odour problem as well as sweat volume, where btx primarily reduces the amount of sweat.
Other treatment options (like btx injections) are designed to only temporarily disable the sweat glands, or involve surgery with its inherent risks. Only miraDry provides a lasting solution with a non-invasive treatment which typically takes about 1 hour.
Choose a sleeveless top that is easy to clean. Preferably dark coloured.
Yes, you must be in a reclined position with your arms placed above your head for the duration of the procedure. If you suffer from back or shoulder pain or it hurts when you lift your arm above your head, it is important to report it to the dermatologist prior to the procedure.
The miraDry procedure usually takes 60 minutes. During this time you are welcome to bring your headphones and listen to music!
MiraDry is very well received, however, the anaesthesia approach delivers greater patient comfort and makes the treatment easier for the patient and recovery time significantly faster. The stinging sensation you feel during the procedure is the same when getting a dental local anesthetic injection.
MiraDry is indicated for adults 18 and over and can be used also on patients under 18, with parental consent. MiraDry is not for people who:
- Have a heart pacemaker or other electronic device implant.
- Are currently breastfeeding or pregnant.
- Use supplemental oxygen.
- Have severe heart or lung disease.
- Have had operations in the axillae or have had radiation therapy in the area.
- Have had prior problems with locally injected anaesthesia.
In 2015, the miraDry device received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the permanent reduction of underarm hair of all colours, even white!
A single miraDry treatment is enough to provide a permanent sweat and odor reduction along with a significant axillary hair removal.
LASER hair removal is only effective on hair with a dark root and needs a target pigment in the hair to be effective. MiraDry works on any hair colour – dark, blonde, white or grey hair, and also on different skin types. We achieve better results in one session with miraDry than we can expect in five applications with LASER.
Pricing can vary depending on your sweating issue and specific treatment plan.
Please contact us to set up a complimentary consultation to find out more.