A natural function of your body, perspiration serves some very important functions, including cooling your skin and eliminating toxins. There are times, though, when too much sweating is not normal. An estimated 3% of the US population suffers from excessive sweating, a condition known as hyperhidrosis, but an even greater number of people are simply bothered by how much they sweat. Many sufferers have adopted coping mechanisms (specific clothes, frequent bathing, constant antiperspirant application) to mask the sweat or temporarily relieve the symptoms. But, a noninvasive procedure (called miraDry) now offers an option to permanently reduce or remove underarm sweating altogether.
Why do humans sweat?
You have two different types of sweat glands: Eccrine sweat glands, which are distributed over your entire body, and apocrine sweat glands, which are located on your scalp, armpits, and genital area. A normal amount of sweating provides health and beauty benefits for your skin. Because your skin is the largest organ of your body, sweating has an important function, just like the function of any other body organ. Perspiration helps your body:
- Maintain proper temperature and keep you from overheating
- Expel toxins, which supports proper immune function and helps prevent diseases related to toxic overload, such as fibromyalgia and even cancer
- Kill viruses and bacteria that cannot survive in temperatures above 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit
- Clean the pores, which will help eliminate blackheads and acne
Typically, your body will sweat in response to an internal rise in temperature, whether caused by exercise or being in the sun on a hot day. Sweating can also be the result of nervousness or anxiety. When sweating happens so much and so often outside of these typical circumstances, you may suffer from hyperhidrosis.
How to combat excessive sweating
If you experience excessive underarm sweating, are frequently applying antiperspirant, are frustrated over constantly ruining clothes, or are worried about embarrassing underarm sweat outbreaks, then the miraDry procedure may be for you. The miraDry treatment reduces or removes the sweat glands under the arms without surgery through use of microwave energy, a form of electromagnetic energy. Sweat glands do not regenerate, so if destroyed, the excess sweat glands are permanently disabled. Created by Miramar Labs and approved by the FDA for the treatment of hyperhidrosis in 2011, the miraDry device is a microwave gun that destroys sweat glands, reducing sweat volume by an average of 82 percent in a manufacturer-sponsored study.
Other treatment options, including antiperspirants and toxins, aim to temporarily disable the sweat glands for various durations – requiring repeat treatments to maintain effectiveness. And still other options involve surgery, which contain inherent risks. Only the miraDry procedure gives you lasting results with a non-invasive solution.
How miraDry works
A safe, clinically proven, FDA-cleared solution for significantly reducing underarm sweat, miraDry is an outpatient procedure performed in your physician’s office. It doesn’t involve any surgical incisions or cuts. Rather, miraDry works by delivering precisely controlled electromagnetic energy to the underarm area, eliminating the underarm sweat glands.
Two procedures are typically recommended, 3 months apart, to maximize the quality and duration of results. Each appointment generally lasts about an hour.
For most people, the amount of sweat they produce under their arms is normal and occurs during specific situations, such as while exercising. For some people, however, their underarm sweating can be so excessive that it causes acute embarrassment, limits the types and colors of clothes that they feel comfortable wearing and leads to social awkwardness. Now there is a clinically proven and safe alternative to suffering in silence. The miraDry procedure is a lasting solution that can make embarrassing sweat a thing of the past.
Ready to discuss what miraDry can do for you? In Northern Va, contact Aesthetica to discuss miraDry and how it can help you overcome excessive sweating. One in five Americans experience excessive sweating. Now you don’t have to. Contact us today.