Wouldn’t it be nice if a new year meant the end of winter? Unfortunately, winter weather will be here for another few months or so, which means staying indoors, bundling up when outdoors, and protecting your skin from the cold, dry air. No matter how many precautions you take, however, your body might react in unexpected ways that seem out of your control. Hyperhidrosis, the technical term for excessive sweating, affects about 1 in 50 Americans (despite cold temperatures).
In a recent blog, we discussed ways to keep excessive sweating at bay during the winter, which included advice such as changing clothes regularly, using over-the-counter or prescription-strength antiperspirants, and seeking other types of treatments from your dermatologist. Among these treatments is miraDry®, an FDA-approved procedure that can deactivate sweat glands quickly and with minimal recovery time via applied thermal (heat) energy. If you’re still struggling with a sweating problem this winter, here’s why you should try miraDry!
Many people hesitate when it comes to receiving cosmetic and medical procedures for fear of pain, needles, and invasive actions. Fortunately, patients need not worry about these things when it comes to receiving this hyperhidrosis treatment. MiraDry is a non-invasive procedure. During the procedure, the practitioner applies a local anesthetic to numb the area that will be treated. Then, they mark the area with a temporary tattoo to help them guide the process. From there, a wand (attached to a high-tech computer) is guided over the marked area, administering thermal energy while gently suctioning the skin upwards to eliminate overactive sweat glands. The skin is simultaneously protected via cooling technology, so there is no risk of pain or burning.
On average, the procedure takes about one hour from start to finish. Best of all, patients may notice a difference in their uncontrollable sweating right away. Once the unwanted sweat glands are destroyed, the body naturally disposes of them via natural processes, after which they are gone permanently. On average, a single treatment of miraDry boasts an average of 82% sweat reduction and 89% odor reduction in participants. Some patients may seek multiple treatments to further control their sweating problem.
Certain medical and cosmetic procedures require the patient to rest or limit their actions in some way for a given period of time following treatment. With miraDry, however, most patients can get on with their day right after they’ve left the office. Most patients also report minimal (if any) discomfort during and following the procedure, though some sensitivity, bruising, swelling, and numbness is possible for some days afterward.
Aside from the minor side effects just mentioned, miraDry may cause some altered sensations in the skin on and around the treatment areas. Otherwise, there are no considerable side effects associated with this procedure. That said, it’s always important to discuss treatment options for excessive sweating with your dermatologist to make sure miraDry is right for you.
Winter is long, but why sweat it? If your skin is sweating despite the cold winter weather, miraDry might offer the relief and boosted self-esteem you need. The experts at Premier Dermatology Partners are happy to give you more insight into this and other effective hyperhidrosis treatments. To learn more about our providers and all the services we offer, contact us today.