No one likes the feeling of sweaty underarms. It’s cold, clammy, and there is always that worry of apparent sweat stains on your clothing. Antiperspirants can help control the sweat, but not always. This is especially true for those who suffer from hyperhidrosis. Antiperspirants also have to be applied frequently, can lose efficacy with use, and often leave behind nasty looking yellow stains, especially on white shirts. At Nazarian Plastic Surgery and Spa26, we are passionate about making our patients lives as stress free as possible. This is one of the many reasons why we are thrilled to offer the miraDry® procedure to stop underarm sweat at our Beverly Hills office. As one of the first to offer this technology, we are the most experienced miraDry® practice in California and one of the busiest in the country.
miraDry® is the only FDA approved treatment to reduce underarm sweat by eliminating 82% of the sweat and odor glands in your underarms in two treatments, typically spaced two months apart. 70% of the hair is also eliminated — regardless of hair color. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Sheila Nazarian, has even had the pleasure of treating one of the celebrity “faces” of miraDry®, Antonio Sabato Jr. This non-invasive procedure works in as little as one session (although 90% of people will require two sessions), is completely safe, and requires no incisions. Best of all, the results are immediate and permanent. You will walk out the door sweating less. Dr. Nazarian and her staff believe so strongly in the benefits of miraDry® that they’ve had the procedure themselves.
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Will I really notice a difference after just one treatment?
Yes. miraDry® destroys the sweat glands in the treatment area. And these glands do not come “back to life”. So, you will notice a definite reduction in your sweat production after only a single treatment. Clinical studies show an average reduction of 82% after two treatments, but most of our patients do report a 40% reduction after their first treatment. Some patients may want another treatment. It really depends on your desired outcome. But all of this will be discussed in detail during your initial consultation. At Nazarian Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, we pride ourselves on being straight up with our patients. We want you to be happy. And a big part of ensuring that is being honest with you about exactly what you can expect.
Does miraDry® hurt?
You won’t feel the procedure at all. But this is because we first apply a local anesthetic. The underarms are especially sensitive so that first shot of anesthetic may smart a bit. But really, that’s it in terms of discomfort. Afterwards, you can expect to be sore and have swelling under your armpits. It may also feel like a sunburn under your armpits for the first day or so — icing helps this sensation a lot and is recommended as much as possible on the day of the procedure.
Don’t we need our sweat glands?
I’m worried about permanently getting rid of them and then overheating. It’s true that sweat glands play a vital role in regulating our body temperature. But here is the deal with your sweat glands: you have a lot of them. The average person has somewhere between 2 and 4 million sweat glands. Getting rid of a few in the armpits, hands or feet that are causing you embarrassment and angst will not in any way harm your body’s ability to cool off. I promise. I’ve had the procedure myself, and I do just fine, despite the fact that it can get really hot in California in the summer.
Are there any side effects?
miraDry® is the only FDA approved treatment for reducing underarm sweat. As such, it has been clinically proven to be safe. Most patients experience no side effects at all other than some soreness and swelling in the treatment area. This resolves in a couple of weeks. In a few cases, a patient may feel a change in sensation in the underarm area, but this, too, will gradually return to normal. The real side-effect is hair reduction and who doesn’t want that?
Will I need more than one treatment?
Honestly, it depends on your desired outcome. The average person experiences a 40% sweat reduction in the treatment area after one miraDry® session. For some patients, this is enough. Others, however, may either sweat more than the average patient or want a more “dry” underarm. In these cases, two treatments may be necessary. We will discuss your desired outcome and what to expect in detail during your initial consultation. Also, you can have a session, and see how you like the results. There is no downside to waiting. So, if you find yourself wanting another session, you can book it at any time.