An estimated 2%-3% of Americans suffer from excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis can severely impact your life, from worrying about sweating through your clothes at work or school, to finding it difficult to enjoy social or romantic interactions. If you’re ready to be free from unwanted sweat, you’re in luck!
At HK Dermatology in San Juan Capistrano, California, Dr. Jeffrey Klein and his team offer miraDry®, a safe, effective treatment for excessive underarm sweating and odor that works both for people with hyperhidrosis and those who simply wish to avoid antiperspirants that contain aluminum.
Types of hyperhidrosis
The most common type of hyperhidrosis is primary focal hyperhidrosis. You may have this type if you:
- Started sweating excessively between the ages of 13 and 25
- Have experienced frequent sweating episodes for more than six months
- Have family members who also suffer from hyperhidrosis
- Notice the sweating is mostly confined to your hands, feet, head, face, and underarms
- Don’t have issues with sweating at night
There is a second kind of hyperhidrosis called secondary generalized hyperhidrosis. You may have this type if you:
- Sweat only on one part of the body, only on one side, or all over at once in a “flush”
- Have high or low blood sugar
- Are experiencing menopausal symptoms (hot flashes)
- Have thyroid issues
- Are a cancer patient
- Take certain medications
- Are withdrawing from opioids
How miraDry works
Dr. Klein will carefully examine you and ask questions about your sweating. If he determines you have primary focal hyperhidrosis, causing heavy underarm sweating, he’ll probably prescribe miraDry.
A hand-held device sends gentle heat waves through the skin under your arms to target the sweat and odor producing glands. The heat disables them, so your underarm sweating and smells can be minimized. While individual results vary, most people see a significant improvement after just one treatment. The glands don’t grow back, so the treatment can be permanent.
Safety of miraDry treatment
You'll be happy to know that miraDry was cleared by the FDA to treat underarm sweating and has been used in over 140,000 treatments worldwide. You’ll feel tingling during treatment, and could experience some mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, but that’s all.
And you don’t have to worry about not being able to regulate body temperature through sweating just because you aren’t sweating from under your arms. Your entire body has between 1.6 million and 5 million sweat glands, and disabling some that are in your armpits won’t hurt you.
Are you ready to stop sweating the small stuff? Call HK Dermatology at 949-248-1632 or book your appointment online.