With the hot Raleigh summer well upon us, staying cool and comfortable is a top priority for many of our patients. While some may be able to seek relief indoors, men and women suffering from excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis may find that not even air conditioning on full blast is enough to keep the sweat and odor at bay. Luckily, non-invasive hyperhidrosis treatments like miraDry® are helping these individuals stay cool and odor-free year-round.
While some may associate being sweaty with physical exertion, people with hyperhidrosis or “excessive sweating” are constantly sweating, even at rest, in the winter, and when not anxious. They may even be sweating in a swimming pool.
There are two types of hyperhidrosis, which determine where the excess sweat appears. In primary hyperhidrosis, the hands, face, feet, and underarms develop excess perspiration. For patients with secondary or generalized hyperhidrosis, sweating occurs all over the body or across larger swaths of the body like the back. As you can probably imagine, both forms of the condition can create further anxiety for men and women with the condition.
Until the development of miraDry®, non-surgical treatment options were relatively limited to prescription-strength antiperspirant and Botox®. While the Botox® solution is effective, the results are temporary and only last 3 to 6 months. In comparison, miraDry® destroys the sweat glands permanently to prevent uncomfortable underarm sweating while at rest and during stressful or exertional situations.
Unlike Botox® injections, miraDry® permanently destroys the gland responsible for sweat overproduction. This treatment uses a specialized device that delivers electromagnetic energy to the glands. Patients have a dramatic correction with one treatment but may require more than one procedure for complete correction. Most patients have such a significant lifestyle improvement with a single treatment that they do not feel the need for more. We re-treat approximately 8-10% of patients.
There are a number of key advantages that have led our patients to prefer this non-surgical option over others. For starters, the high dose of energy not only helps reduce underarm sweating, but it also reduces the distinctive odor of stress sweat that often accompanies excessive sweat. Significant hair reduction is also a benefit. miraDry® is FDA cleared for sweat, odor, and hair!
Another important benefit is the longevity of treatment and relatively fast treatment process. As miraDry® is non-surgical, the procedure is relatively short and does not require extensive preparation from the patient. Furthermore, recovery is straight-forward, and the lasting results make the procedure well worth the investment.
Perhaps the most important advantage of miraDry® is the mental wellness impact the treatment has on patients. Immediately after the treatment session, patients find that their sweating is significantly reduced. For men and women who’ve lived with hyperhidrosis, heavy sweat, or bothersome odor, the ability to drastically improve these issues with one treatment greatly improves self-confidence, reduces social anxiety, and increases professional confidence.
Tired of excessive sweating getting in the way of your comfort and self-confidence? Learn how miraDry® from Raleigh plastic surgeon Dr. Diehl is helping men and women with hyperhidrosis get the right care they need. Call (919) 381-5540 today to schedule your treatment consultation and explore all your treatment options.