FAQs MiraDry

What is the miraDry® treatment?

miraDry is the only non-invasive, FDA cleared treatment that safely removes underarm sweat and odor glands permanently.

Don’t I need sweat glands?

Not in your armpits! Of the 2 million sweat glands throughout your body, your underarms only contain 2% of those glands. MiraDry stops sweating in the underarm, but you continue to sweat elsewhere, allowing your body to cool down normally while exercising or in hot environments.

What is the miraDry procedure like?

The underarm is numbed with local anesthesia. The procedure is then performed and is completely comfortable for most patients. There are no incisions or cuts. The procedure takes about an hour from beginning to end.

How does it work?

miraDry’s technology delivers energy that is absorbed by the water in the sweat and odor glands in the underarm. It destroys the glands while cooling the overlying skin. Because hair follicles are in close proximity to the sweat glands, many hair follicles in the underarm area are also eliminated during the procedure.

What results can I expect?

You can expect immediate and lasting reduction in sweating. Once destroyed, sweat glands do not come back or regrow. An average of over 80% sweat reduction is achieved in one treatment. Results vary person to person. Most patients achieve their goals in 1 treatment. About 25% of patients have a 2nd treatment to improve their results.

Is there any downtime?

Most patients take a day after the procedure to ice the area, relax and recuperate. Exercise is typically resumed within several days. Patients generally use non-steroidal pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) for a few days. Swelling of the underarm, arm or chest, numbness, bruising, sensitivity, and nodularity in the treated area are common for several days post-treatment.

Are there any significant side effects?

The miraDry treatment has a strong safety record. Soreness, swelling and nodularity may occasionally last a few weeks or longer. Very rarely cordlike thickening in the underarm, tingling or weakness of fingers, burns causing scarring, and infection have occurred and have resolved with time.

Who should not have the miraDry treatment?

You should not have miraDry if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have an active infection, form keloid scars, have significant scar tissue or surgical scars in the underarm area, have difficulty with or allergy to local anesthesia (lidocaine with epinephrine), have a cardiac pacemaker or other electronic implant, have cysts or hidradenitis suppurativa, have radiation injury of the underarm area. It is recommended not to have miraDry if you are currently on Accutane (isotretinoin) or are within 6 months post accutane treatment.

Is miraDry covered by insurance?

Though it is FDA approved, the miraDry procedure is not covered by insurance. However, some medical pre tax accounts such as HSA and FSA plans may allow for tax-free reimbursement. Check with your benefits manager.

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