End excessive sweating with MiraDry treatment in Portland, OR
Imagine standing in a crowded elevator. It’s middle of summer, and the building’s air conditioner is down for repair. As you raise your arm to press the button, you recognize someone standing alongside you as a VIP. What now? Just don’t sweat it – literally. That might sound like a tall order is you suffer from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), but it is more possible than you think, thanks to MiraDry treatment available from Thrive in Portland, OR.
What is MiraDry?
It is not a drug or a topical antiperspirant. It’s not a surgery, and it’s not temporary. So, what is it? It is:
- Noninvasive – MiraDry utilizes a thermal energy to deactivate sweat glands.
- Reliable – The device earned FDA clearance in 2016 and has a high patient satisfaction rating.
- Fast – The procedure takes approximately one hour. It can significantly reduce sweating in a single treatment with immediate results.
- Permanent – Treated sweat glands are destroyed, and they will not regrow.
- Safe – Sweat glands comprise an important part of the body’s cooling system, but you have millions of them. Eliminating a few dysfunctional ones is harmless.
- Effective – MiraDry eliminates underarm wetness by an average of 82 percent, and embarrassing odor by 80 percent according to clinical studies.
- Gentle – You might feel some warmth, but the procedure is described as painless by most patients.
- Convenient – Side effects, if any, are usually very mild and there is little to no downtime.
Are you a candidate for MiraDry?
If you are frequently bothered by underarm wetness, sweat stained clothing, and odor, then the answer is probably yes. At this time, MiraDry has not been approved for treatment of the hands, feet, or other areas. During your consultation, we will discuss your medical history and any potential contraindications. However, the procedure is entirely noninvasive and low-risk, making it safe for virtually anyone.
The best candidates are those suffering from hyperhidrosis, which is defined as excessive sweating. It differs from normal perspiration in volume, frequency, and persistence. You might experience heavy sweating, probably on a daily basis regardless of weather. Most troublesome, over the counter antiperspirants are not sufficient to quell the flow.
Options in hyperhidrosis treatment
If excess sweating is a recent problem, it may be a symptom of another medical condition or a side effect of certain medications. This is known as secondary hyperhidrosis, and it is usually best treated by adjusting medication or addressing the underlying medical condition. However, if unstoppable odor and perspiration have been a long-term struggle, it is more likely primary focal hyperhidrosis, which means that the sweat glands are overactive without an apparent underlying cause.
Primary focal hyperhidrosis is not considered curable, but it can be managed. Extra-strength antiperspirants and special clothing are the simplest, but often least effective measures. Injectable medication such as Botox can reduce sweating, though the results are temporary. MiraDry is unique in its ability to permanently reduce underarm sweating without surgery and no maintenance treatments are needed.
About the procedure
The noninvasive MiraDry procedure is performed by an experienced clinician, right here in our comfortable Portland office. We begin by assessing and marking the treatment area. A local anesthetic such as lidocaine is used to numb the area. Next, the clinician will use a small, handheld device to apply precise amounts of microwave electromagnetic energy.
The entire process takes about one hour, with minimal discomfort. Side effects are typically mild and resolve within a few weeks. These may include bruising, swelling, and soreness in the armpits. In rare instances, patients also experience temporarily altered skin sensations. You will be able to resume most normal activities right away. In fact, many people return to work when the appointment is over.
Immediately following the MiraDry procedure, it is normal for all perspiration in the treatment area to cease. As inflammation subsides, some sweat glands will become active again, but the volume of perspiration is significantly and permanently reduced. The procedure can be repeated if necessary to achieve desired results. However, a single MiraDry treatment is often all it takes.