“I am beyond ecstatic to report that I do not sweat and I do not smell. I will continue to monitor, only because it’s a habit I have done all my life. If need be, I will return for a second treatment, which will be totally worth it. miraDry® is honestly life changing. I’m looking forward to leaving my self-conscious and insecure self behind as I begin to live my life without the constant worry of excessive sweating and odor.
Thank you miraDry® and the staff at Banff Plastic Surgery! You truly changed my life!”
Is miraDry Right for You?
Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is a medical condition that plagues many Canadians today. Unfortunately, most do not know this embarrassing problem can often be effectively treated through a variety of non-surgical treatments. One of those procedures, a minimally-invasive treatment known as miraDry, is now available at Banff Plastic Surgery, giving our patients a long-lasting option in combating their unwanted and excessive sweating.
While miraDry is an effective option for many patients battling hyperhidrosis, it is not the only treatment available today. Our surgeons, Dr. Hall-Findlay and Dr. MacLennan, are committed to ensuring that all of our patients receive the highest quality of care, which means choosing the treatment that fits their needs best. We will help you find a solution to this challenging condition that often has a significant impact on your personal, professional and social interactions.
The right candidates for miraDry are men and women who are embarrassed about excessive underarm sweating. This problem is typically caused by overactive sweat glands that do not “shut off” so that they end up producing more sweat than necessary to cool the body and keep it at a comfortable temperature. The result is soaking through clothing and is often accompanied by significant odor that can leave a person feeling self-conscious to the point of isolating themselves socially.
miraDry is often recommended for patients who have had inadequate improvement with “clinical” strength antiperspirants or oral medications. This treatment can also offer a more permanent solution than Botox injections, which can be effective but require regularly scheduled treatment sessions to maintain the results. In one study performed by researchers at the University of British Columbia, more than 90% of patients experienced significant sweat reduction, with an average reduction of around 83%. The procedure is also effective in reducing foul odor associated with excessive sweating.
miraDry is a good option for patients in relatively good health that are experiencing excessive underarm sweating. The procedure does not involve general anesthesia or a recovery period, so it can fit into your daily schedule. Some patients do have soreness and swelling under the arms for a number of days and exercise is generally restricted for a few weeks after treatment.
How does miraDry work?
miraDry delivers controlled electromagnetic energy into the sweat glands underneath the arm. The energy eliminates the sweat glands, prohibiting sweat from being produced in the area. The procedure also eliminates the glands that produce the foul underarm odor and may reduce body hair in the treatment area as well.
The miraDry procedure is performed using local anesthetic to ensure your comfort during treatment. The entire session generally takes 60-90 minutes to complete. Most patients return to their regular activities as soon as the procedure is over.
Don’t I need those sweat glands?
Sweat is the body’s natural method of maintaining a comfortable temperature. However, the sweat glands under the arms make up just two percent of the total number of sweat glands found in the body. Eliminating these glands will not have any effect on your body’s own temperature control, but will provide you with drier underarms and increased self-confidence.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for my treatment?
We ask that you shave your underarm area 4-6 days prior to your treatment, then not again until after the procedure. Don’t forget that on the day of your treatment you are not supposed to either shave or wear deodorant. That’s all the preparation you’ll need for miraDry!
How many treatments will I need?
Most patients will see the best results with one or two treatment sessions, spaced approximately three months apart. A small number of patients may need a third treatment session, but this is rare.
How long do the results last?
Because the sweat glands are completely eliminated and do not regenerate, miraDry is considered a permanent solution for underarm sweating.
miraDry is an effective treatment for hyperhidrosis in the right patients. To learn more about this innovative treatment, contact Banff Plastic Surgery at 403-762-2055 or online at www.banffplasticsurgery.ca