Everyone sweats -- it’s our body’s natural way of cooling itself down. Some people, however, sweat more than others, even when the situation wouldn’t typically call for perspiration. This chronic excessive sweating is known as hyperhidrosis, and it affects millions of people.
People can suffer from hyperhidrosis for various reasons. In some cases, an underlying disease can cause one’s sweat glands to overreact (secondary hyperhidrosis), and other individuals may simply be genetically predisposed to excessive sweating (primary hyperhidrosis). Whatever the reason for this condition, many who suffer from it feel embarrassed by it and seek whatever solutions are available. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to treat hyperhidrosis today.
Let’s explore one of the most promising of these treatments: miraDry®.
miraDry is an FDA-approved, non-invasive, quick thermal procedure that effectively eliminates targeted sweat glands in about an hour’s time. Best of all, results from this hyperhidrosis treatment can be permanent, so a patient’s sweat problem may be a thing of the past after just one treatment (though more may be necessary).
As mentioned above, miraDry uses thermal energy (i.e. heat) to destroy problematic, overactive sweat and odor glands, namely in the underarms. If this sounds extreme, fret not. While patients might feel some discomfort during treatment, the procedure is carefully designed to prevent pain. The doctor will first numb the targeted areas and mark them for accuracy. Then, they will use a specialized handpiece that lifts the targeted skin via suction and proceeds to heat and destroy the underlying sweat glands while also cooling the skin to maximize comfort. After the procedure, patients may experience some swelling, but this typically subsides on its own within three weeks.
While miraDry is not the only way to treat or resolve one’s sweating problem, it is one of the best options, especially for those with persistent perspiration issues in the underarms. The benefits of miraDry include:
It is worth noting, however, that miraDry (and many other hyperhidrosis treatments) is not covered under most insurance plans, as it is often considered an aesthetic matter. That said, some patients may be able to use their health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) to go toward this procedure. Regardless, many patients deem it worthwhile to undergo this treatment to put an end to their uncontrollable sweating, even if they must pay out of pocket.
If you suffer from excessive sweating, this condition undoubtedly interferes with many aspects of your life. The good news is that when it comes to living with hyperhidrosis, you now have a choice. While results from miraDry vary from patient to patient, many see a major improvement in their condition soon after undergoing treatment. If you think miraDry might be right for you, and/or you want more information on hyperhidrosis and other treatment and surgery options, the experts at Premier Dermatology Partners are here to help.
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