MiraDry Is a Great Long Term Solution For Excessive Underarm Sweating
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I was constantly worried about my underarm sweat. I realized at a young age that there was a problem with my sweat glands. I used to sweat so much more than my other friends, and I knew something was off with my body. My excessive sweating caused me to avoid many social situations. I often avoided shaking people's hands or doing anything that caused me to lift my arms up. I didn't cheer at games and even tried to convince my sister to change my maid of honor dress to a black color, just so people didn't see sweat stains under my arms. It was interfering with my life and I wasn't willing to stop until I found a solution for it.
The first treatment I tried was Botox injections at the suggestion of a friend. I did have some success with Botox, but it was expensive and short lasting. I wanted a long term solution and had read an article about Miradry treatments. The article explained that Miradry works by using microwave energy to destroy your sweat glands and had recently been FDA approved for the underarm area. I was fortunate because some people who suffer excessive sweating get it all over their body, but I only get it in my underarms. As soon as I finished reading the article, I searched for a doctor in my area who had their machine and I found one who was 15 minutes from my house at the Dermatology Associates of Rochester.
I ended up having my MiraDry procedure done by Dr Joshua Weitz and Karen Clark. Both were great at explaining how the Miradry device worked and what I should expect. The treatment was quick and painless, with the only uncomfortable step being when they numb the treatment area with a needle. I did not feel the Miradry handpiece when it zapped my skin at all.
It took me 1-2 days to recover from my treatment. My underarms were a little red and sore for those first 48 hours. I experienced no pain during my recovery.
I was fortunate in that I only needed one treatment to have a substantial reduction in my underarm sweating. Some people need as many as 3 treatments and each treatment cost $3500. This is not a cheap procedure, but it is worth it if you're suffering like I was.
Overall I'm very thankful I discovered the Miradry treatment. I no longer worry about what I wear or lifting up my arms during my daily activities. I've also had the added side benefit of having reduced armpit hair growth since my treatment. This is technically considered a side effect of Miradry, but it was a great side effect to get! I have not had any pit stains since my Miradry treatment and would recommend it for others who suffer from excessive sweat issues.