miraDry - how it works, what it costs and treatments near you
Sweating is a normal, healthy, bodily function. However, sudden bouts of sweating can prove difficult and frustrating in daily life.
As many as one in 10 people can experience excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, so if you do suffer, you’re not alone.
One solution could be the miraDry treatment, which promises to bring perspiration to a far more manageable level, or even stop it entirely. But how exactly does it work, and is it right for you?
1 to 2 sessions
Duration of results
Back to work
Full recovery time
A few days
11,250 SAR to 14,500 SAR
What is miraDry?
miraDry is a non-invasive procedure which helps reduce excessive armpit sweat and odour by using targeted electromagnetic energy.
miraDry is a brand name, but it is also the only treatment of its kind on the market at the moment.
How does the miraDry procedure work?
miraDry works by permanently eliminating the sweat-producing axillary eccrine glands from your underarms, resulting in a significant reduction in sweat and odour.
A doctor will use a miraDry console and handset to deliver targeted electromagnetic energy to heat and eliminate the glands during a procedure that lasts just one hour.
Before the treatment
You will need to shave your armpits no later than four to six days before your treatment as having some underarm hair helps your clinician locate your sweat glands.
Wear dark, loose-fitting or sleeveless clothing as this will help avoid any staining.
During the procedure
The miraDry treatment only involves a few simple steps:
- Your clinician will start by numbing your underarm with a local anaesthetic.
- Next, a temporary tattoo is applied to your underarm to help line up and place the handset in the correct position.
- After this, it’s time to activate the handset. Once pressed against your underarm, you’ll feel a slight suction. This is your sweat glands being brought closer to the surface of your skin.
- Finally, thermal energy is applied. This penetrates the dermis and epidermis into the layer of fat beneath and destroys your sweat glands. At the same time, the miraDry device cools the area, reducing discomfort. This step is repeated until the whole underarm has been treated.
What happens after?
You might experience some bruising, redness or sensitivity, but most people are able to get on with their day immediately. However, it’s a good idea to take a few days off from vigorous exercise.
How many procedures will I need?
miraDry provides immediate results, however one or two additional sessions may be needed, depending on your response to the treatment.
Is treatment safe?
miraDry is approved by the FDA and for medical use across the globe.
More sessions are recommended if the problem persists.
miraDry cost, side-effects and treatments near you
How much does miraDry cost?
Two miraDry sessions typically cost between 11,250 SAR and 14,500 SAR, although many practitioners offer discounts for extra sessions, or packages for multiple sessions. The cost of miraDry can also vary depending on the country, city, or clinic where you have your treatment.
Does it hurt?
Administering the anaesthetic may sting, but the rest of the procedure shouldn’t hurt at all. You may experience some mild pain or irritation after your anaesthetic wears off for the next few days.
What are the side-effects?
Some side-effects include bruising, swelling, redness or irritation. It’s perfectly normal to experience these after a miraDry treatment, and you can use petroleum jelly to soothe irritation – as well as avoiding exercise for a few days.
There have been some rare cases of nerve damage. If you’re concerned about this, have a conversation with your doctor beforehand.
How effective is miraDry?
Your sweat glands won’t grow back once treated, so miraDry is considered very effective. It’s FDA-cleared and can reduce underarm sweat by an average of 82 per cent.
Don’t I need sweat glands?
Of course. Sweating is very important for cooling your body, but your axillary glands only make up two per cent of your total sweat glands. There’s no risk in their removal.
How do I find miraDry near me?
miraDry treatment is available in a variety of countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan and Kuwait. Find a practitioner near you using our clinic locator.
What are the alternatives?
If you experience hyperhidrosis, see a doctor before you consider treatments. Sometimes, a prescription anti-perspirant can be enough to reduce sweat to a manageable level. Likewise, a doctor might be able to recommend particular shower gels, soaps or cleaning regimes.
You might also find changing elements of your lifestyle or diet might help. Alcohol consumption, spicy food and stress or high blood pressure can all contribute to excessive underarm sweat.
Botox treatment for sweating is another option, preventing your sweat glands from receiving nerve signals from the brain.
Ten or 15 injections are normally required per underarm and the effects take around three to four weeks to fully kick in. While this option can be cheaper than miraDry, the results may only last for 12 months or so.
Laser treatment can also be used to reduce the effects of excessive sweating by targeting the glands under the skin.
- Your body hosts between two and four million sweat glands. The areas with the highest concentration are the soles of your feet, whereas the lowest concentration is on your back.
- miraDry uses the same technology as a microwave – and is sometimes used to remove body hair too.
- Your eccrine glands produce a thin, clear and odourless fluid you’d recognise as sweat. Once this is secreted, your apocrine glands produce thicker fluid which generates odour.
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