As I noted in a recent post, the end of my years-long search for the right antiperspirant/deodorant could be near thanks to miraDry, an FDA-cleared, permanent solution for excessive underarm sweat and odor. To learn more about the procedure, I recently chatted with Dr. Jeffrey B. Wise.
Jeffrey B. Wise, MD, FACS is one of only a handful of international surgeons that is a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon. In addition to being an Assistant Clinical Professor of Facial Plastic Surgery at the New York University School of Medicine, he is also a fellow of the prestigious American College of Surgeons. Dr. Wise has been recognized as one of America’s Top Physicians by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, as well as, a Top Beauty Doctor in NewBeauty magazine.
Is there an ideal candidate for miraDry?
JBW: The best candidates for miraDry are adults over the age of 18 who present with axillary hyperhidrosis, commonly known as excessive underarm sweat.
Does skin elasticity/firmness in the armpit have an impact on whether a patient is a good candidate for the treatment?
JBW: No, loose skin or firmness will not change the results of treatment with miraDry.
Is there any risk of hyper- or hypo-pigmentation for patients with skin of color?
JBW: Hyper-pigmentation is not a common side effect, but it is a side effect where patches of skin may become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. This side effect can last for up to 8 weeks, but then should disappear completely. We’ve never seen hypo-pigmentation as a side effect on any of our patients. This applies for skin of color and fair skin, as well.
Is there an immediate improvement in the occurrence of sweat and odor?
JBW: Patients should see a reduction in underarm sweat and odor immediately after the first use which continues for the first month after treatment. Some residual sweat glands may re-occur after the first month and at that point you may want to schedule your second treatment.
Does the treatment impact hair growth?
JBW: Yes, you will see a 40%-50% reduction in hair in the treated area and most people enjoy this side effect.
Are there situations where more than one treatment may be needed?
JBW: Permanent results can be expected in as little as one treatment, but most patients require two treatments. In rare cases, three treatments may be necessary.
Does the treatment destroy 100% of the sweat and odor glands?
JBW: miraDry does not guarantee 100% reduction of sweat and odor glands; an average of 82% reduction was seen in the miraDry clinical studies, which is a very high percentage that would significantly impact in the amount of underarm sweat you experience.
Are there any restrictions to activities recommended after the treatment?
JBW: Yes, we recommend suspending exercise for 3 days. Additionally, we recommend not wearing sleeveless outfits within a week of treatment since some swelling may be visible.
Post-treatment, are there any precautions that need to be taken during bathing?
JBW: The area will likely be temporarily tender to the touch, but bathing/water will not affect the treated area, and it is safe to resume your bathing routine the day after treatment.
How long does any post-treatment swelling and bruising last?
JBW: Post-treatment swelling and bruising is common for the first 3-5 days. Icing the area for 24-48 hours post miraDry and taking ibuprofen will help reduce swelling, lumps, bumps and discomfort.
What is the average cost for the treatment?
JBW: The cost is dependent on the provider of the treatment and the number of treatments needed. In our practice, the fee starts at $1,950.
Dr. Wise practices out of Wise Center for Plastic Surgery, his state-of-the-art, Joint Commission Accredited facility in Wayne, NJ and his satellite location on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. To find a physician in your area that offers the miraDry treatment, visit miraDry.com.