miraDry treatment improves quality of life for Portland patients

miraDry is cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for long-term treatment of excessive underarm sweating.

Imagine having a real medical condition, rarely taken seriously by others because it does not pose a health threat. Yet the symptoms are embarrassingly obvious to everyone who sees you. If you have hyperhidrosis, you live this dilemma every day. Countless men and women in the Portland area are now taking control of excessive sweating with miraDry treatment, available at Thrive.

Understanding hyperhidrosis

Sweating is a normal survival function of the human body. When your temperature becomes elevated from environment or physical activity, several million eccrine glands over most of your body release a thin, clear, odorless moisture through pores. As it evaporates, it cools surface skin and lowers body temperature.

Odor associated with sweating is natural, too. Apocrine glands are found primarily in the groin and armpits. They are triggered by emotions – stress, nervousness, or excitement. These sweat glands emit a thicker, musky-scented liquid intended to attract a mate. Bacteria flock to this milky fluid because it is full of nutrients. Waste produced by bacteria as they feed generates the unpleasant smell of perspiration.

Some areas of the body contain both eccrine and apocrine glands. That is double trouble if you are one of the nearly eight million people in the United States (about three percent of the population) who live with hyperhidrosis. A physiological malfunction causes your body to produce a great deal more perspiration than is needed for cooling. Excessive sweating can occur at any time, unrelated to temperature and emotions.

Hyperhidrosis is categorized as:

  • Axillary – underarms
  • Palmar – hands
  • Plantar – feet
  • Craniofacial – face
  • Generalized – affecting the entire body
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Not just a little extra wetness

While it is easy for others to disregard your condition as “no big deal,” it is much more than sweating for the individual who lives with it. Hyperhidrosis is a quality of life issue.

About 90 percent of people with hyperhidrosis say that it has a big impact on their emotional state. They report feeling less confident socially and cite frustration, embarrassment, unhappiness, alienation, and even depression. Though hyperhidrosis is a valid medical condition, it does not engender the sympathy of a disease that impairs health or is contagious. We live in a hygiene-conscious culture where sweat and odor are not usually topics of open conversation, so there is also an element of shame associated with excessive sweating.

Hyperhidrosis may affect your overall wellness by keeping you out of the gym, where you are likely to be soaked before your workout even begins. Sweaty palms and noticeable rings under the arms can impact career choices and advancement. You probably consider your hyperhidrosis anytime you make clothing purchases. You may bring a fresh shirt along on every outing, or simply avoid social interaction whenever possible. Intimate relationships bring an even higher level of anxiety – trying to enjoy the moment and perform your best while dripping sweat onto your partner and soaking the bedsheets.

You could find yourself saying no to spicy foods, a glass of wine, or a cup of coffee in an attempt to avoid sweating. You have probably spent more than you realize on dry cleaning, antiperspirant, deodorant, cologne, and possibly Botox injections.

Isn’t it time to consider an effective, non-surgical solution with lasting results?

miraDry treatment – permanent relief for Portland patients

miraDry treatment dramatically reduces underarm sweating and odor

The unfortunate truth is that most people with axillary hyperhidrosis never seek medical advice. Dr. Adam Maddox and his team at Thrive in Portland are intent on changing that, for one simple reason – there is now a solution that truly works.

miraDry is cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for long-term treatment of excessive underarm sweating. The technique uses microwave energy to destroy overactive sweat and odor glands, without harm to surrounding tissues. Treatment is non-invasive, requiring only local numbing, and there is no downtime. Best of all, results are immediate. Since sweat glands do not grow back, improvement is permanent. Most patients see dramatic change in just one session. However, treatment can be repeated for those with severe hyperhidrosis.

People who don’t have hyperhidrosis are considering miraDry, too. It is a terrific way for athletes to stay fresh and dry, or to maintain ultimate confidence from the board room to the bedroom.

Call Thrive in Portland today at (503) 928-6505 to learn more about miraDry treatment. You may never need to carry a fresh shirt, deodorant, or antiperspirant again.

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A graduate from Northern Arizona University and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Adam Maddox is a very established professional in the field of integrative anti-aging and aesthetic medicine with a special interest in Botox, Restylane and Testosterone Replacement therapy for men to name a few.

As a board-certified physician, he has a passion to help people with their health especially as they get older. Dr. Maddox believes in maintaining a strong sense of empathy in order to better serve his patients whilst ensuring his care is personalized. In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Maddox uses his time to train other medical professionals on various effective medical techniques used in the anti-ageing medical sphere such as injectable techniques. He is also the founder and medical director of Thrive Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Center in Portland, OR.

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Say goodbye to armpit hair and underarm sweating. Mirror Smooth (miraDry??) will save your day.


You shave it. You wax it, you laser it. Heck, you might even dye it pink. Talking about armpit hair. Now some people are saying you can microwave it away once and for all. We’re revealing a new treatment right now and our procedure room. Take it away, Doctor Ashton.

Hi guys So, I’m back here with doctor sheila Nazarian, board certified plastic surgeon and our patient Aaron. You’re going to be demonstrating this new microwave procedure to hit axillary hair, but before we get to that, tell, tell me why this hair bothered you, Aaron? Because I mean, you’re blonde, you wouldn’t mind.

I’m a personal trainer. I spend 95% of my day in a tank top in the gym or in a bikini and shaving every day is such a pain. No one likes to do it. I tried laser hair removal. It doesn’t work. If you have blonde hair and darker skin. So, I heard about mirror smooth So, thought I’d give it a try.

And you said it’s your game, okay, So, doctor Nazarian,


Go ahead and lie back Aaron. So, as you start working tell us a little bit about this technology. Who’s a good candidate for it and how? Does it work?

Well, the beauty of this technology is that everyone is a good candidate. Any skin colour, any hair colour? I’ve actually had the procedure performed on myself, didn’t get any hyperpigmentation from it.

So, you numbed Aaron up before we started, right?

Arron’s been numbed already. We’ve placed a temporary tattoo which basically gives us little tick marks. It’s really paint by numbers at that point and we use the microwave technology of mirror smooth to remove not only 70% of her hair with one treatment, but also the sweat and odour glands are also eliminated. So, it’s basically a little suction and some you know heat is applied, but because she’s numb there’s no pain.

You feel anything?
Fine, just a little pull,


And So, how many treatments typically does it take to really get a good effect?

So, 80% of people really only need one treatment. You’re going to get an 82% reduction in the sweat and odour glands and a 70% reduction in the hair growth. Which, if you’ve ever had laser hair, you know you need multiple treatments in order to get anywhere close to 70%.

So, what’s the cost range for something like this?

This that’s a great question. So, the first treatment is around 2000 dollars, but it’s, but if you think about how many laser hair removal treatments to do. I mean, it really is a great benefit and also laser hair doesn’t remove the sweat and odour glands.

Nice, well, 2000 dollars, meaning that you could throw away all your razors for the rest of your life.


Never have to worry about sweating in your armpits again and being musty.

No more deodorant and think of all the money you spend on deodorant over a lifetime.

That’s true.

And it takes how long to do both pitch?

We usually schedule people for an hour at a time?
An hour!

So, can you imagine an hour and you’re done.
Oh my gosh,


Sign me up, scoot over.

Second string.


The one done idea is very appealing.

Exactly, yeah.

Thanks for sharing that with us and thanks for showing us your armpits,

Thanks for having me

You’re welcome.

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