Portland patients stay fresh and dry with miraDry treatment for excessive sweating
Children play hard. Yet they don’t have the discomfort of a soggy tee-shirt or the humiliation of perspiration odor. Yet for 7.8 million Americans, that changes drastically at puberty. For these individuals, sweat glands become overactive, producing much more secretion than necessary. Excessive sweating is a serious quality of life issue. Thrive in Portland addresses it effectively with miraDry treatment.
The reality of hyperhidrosis
The average human body has about three million sweat glands. Eccrine glands produce a thin liquid that is colorless and has no odor. These glands, found primarily on the face and back, are active throughout life, helping to keep the body cool.
Though they develop before birth, apocrine glands become active as a person approaches sexual maturity. Apocrine glands secret a thicker, milky-colored sweat with a strong odor and fatty content. (As an interesting factoid, apocrine glands are closely related to glands that produce ear wax and breast milk.) While they are found in the groin, palms of the hands, and soles of feet, underarm apocrine glands are often the most problematic.
- Making sure you always have clean shirts in your car or office.
- Changing your shirt three or four times a day.
- Having a cabinet full of expensive deodorant and antiperspirant products that don’t work for you.
- Passing up the perfect party dress because you know the dark fabric will show sweat rings.
- Avoiding the gym because you are drenched before you even begin a workout or leave puddles on the equipment.
- Missing chances to take on group projects or make presentations – opportunities that could have a big impact on career advancement – because of the embarrassment of extremely obvious perspiration and noticeable odor.
- Watching some other guy – the one with the crisp, dry shirt – ask your dream girl on a date while you fade into the background.
Sadly, those scenarios and many others have been a fact of life for individuals with hyperhidrosis. Until miraDry.
Excessive sweating: Questions about miraDry treatment in Portland
Topical products can often control normal underarm sweating and odor, but they are no match for hyperhidrosis. About 50 percent of patients get good results from Botox injections . . . for about seven months on average. Surgical procedures can be a last resort for severe cases.
miraDry is a minimally-invasive approach with permanent results!
Does miraDry work?
- Ninety percent of patients see significant improvement, usually with just one treatment.
- The average reduction in sweating is 82 percent.
- miraDry reduces both wetness and odor.
- The change is immediate.
- Since apocrine glands do not regenerate, the improvement is lasting.
- The treatment satisfaction rate is 90 percent.
What to expect
Safe, FDA-approved miraDry is an out-patient treatment performed on-site at Thrive, by trained clinicians with the oversight of Dr. Adam Maddox.
The treatment area is numbed with anesthetic injections, so you have little or no discomfort – possibly an occasional sensation of warmth. Axillary (underarm) sweat glands are mapped, then treated with a controlled dose of microwave energy. It targets the moisture in apocrine glands, heating and destroying them. Since you have a multitude of other sweat glands, there is no health threat in eliminating these, and perspiration is not redirected to other areas of the body.
While many people return to work after treatment there can be swelling and tenderness, comparable to a sunburn, when the effect of numbing injections wears off. These side effects usually resolve within a week or so and can generally be managed with ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers. Downtime is minimal, but Dr. Maddox suggests taking it a bit easy, holding off on aggressive exercise for a few days.
Then begin enjoying a renewed sense of confidence! Go running, splurge on a black silk shirt, sing karaoke . . . whatever pleasures you may have been avoiding due to the self-consciousness of excessive sweating. Many miraDry patients never need underarm deodorant or antiperspirant again.
miraDry isn’t just for those with a clinical diagnosis of excessive sweating. Others who have hobbies or careers that cause sweating, or anyone who simply wants to stay fresh and dry 24/7/365 may consider treatment. Call (503) 928-6505 to book a consultation at the Thrive aesthetic and anti-aging center at 11850 SW 67th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97223.