miraDry Frequently Asked Questions
How does miraDry work?
miraDry is a non-surgical, energy-based treatment that works by delivering specific micro-wave frequencies through the skin, which heat the sweat and odor glands to a controlled temperature that effectively destroys them without harming surrounding tissues (think laser hair removal for the sweat and odor glands—similar concepts, different technologies).
During your procedure, we mark the treatment area with a special grid, numb the area, and then apply a handheld device, which delivers the odor and sweat destroying energy.
How long does it take for miraDry to work?
miraDry instantly destroys odor and sweat glands under the arms. The effects are nearly immediate, with many patients noticing a dramatic reduction in sweat within hours.
How many treatments will I need?
After two months or so, you’ll have a new sweat and odor baseline. A majority of our patients are satisfied with their results after just one miraDry treatment. However, some people may need (or want) a second treatment to achieve their desired results.
How does miraDry compare to BOTOX for stopping underarm sweat?
Both BOTOX and miraDry are FDA approved treatments to reduce underarm sweating and are safe and effective when administered by a qualified provider. However, there are a few key differences. BOTOX’s effects are temporary, lasting up to 6 months, while miraDry results will last for many years. BOTOX injections have not been shown to reduce odor, while miraDry has. Finally, only miraDry can help reduce underarm hair at the same time it eliminates sweat and odor.
Is it safe to eliminate sweat glands under my arms?
Yes. While the ability to sweat is important for good health, there is no need to sweat specifically from your armpits. In fact, only about 2% of your body’s sweat glands are located under your arms, so stopping sweat here still allows for healthy sweat output and body temperature regulation.
Is miraDry safe?
miraDry has been cleared by the FDA, over 70K treatments have been performed to date, and it has an excellent safety profile. As with any medical treatment, it is essential to choose an experienced, qualified provider to perform miraDry to ensure you receive safe, effective treatment. In addition, miraDry is safe for all skin colors and skin types!
What are the possible side effects?
The most common side effects of miraDry are mild, temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness at the treatment site. Occasionally, patients have more extended numbness, lasting for a few weeks. Serious side effects are extremely rare.