July in Philadelphia consists of barbecues, pool parties and, unfortunately, heat and humidity. Even the most breathable clothing such as tank tops and shorts are not enough to stop the body from its natural response to extreme heat – sweating. For some people, perspiration is problematic because the body releases sweat in excess, regardless of the season. Fortunately, there is a procedure available for those who want to stay dry and comfortable for the long term.
What Is Excessive Sweating?
Excessive sweating is also known as hyperhidrosis. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis perspire more than what is necessary in relation to the room temperature or level of activity. It affects one in five adults. Excessive sweating can occur over the entire body or just in certain parts of the body, such as the underarms or palms of the hands. It is not unusual to sweat while fighting a fever, during routine exercise, or due to heat and humidity. A person with hyperhidrosis may perspire over significantly large portions of the body, for no apparent purpose.
For those individuals, there is an FDA-approved treatment available that is capable of decreasing underarm sweat permanently. It’s called miraDry®. By employing microwave technology, this non-invasive procedure can cut down on sweating in the underarms by 90 percent.
Using the same type of energy discharged from the microwaves found in kitchens across the country, miraDry® guides that energy to sweat glands in the underarm, damaging these glands. Doing so renders the glands unable to produce perspiration.
Benefits of miraDry®
Results differ depending on the patient, however, typical outcomes after a complete miraDry® treatment procedure include:
• Elimination of sweat and odor glands in the underarm area
• Results that may be noticeable after one treatment
• Little or no recovery time or change in regular routine
• Discomfort during treatment is minor or non-existent
• The ability to head directly to work from the gym without the need to bathe or change clothing
• Living free of toxins
• The end of seeing white, chalky stains from deodorant on clothing
• Remaining clean, dry and confident, for good
The miraDry® treatment can be administered by Dr. Glat during an office visit, and he will usually suggest undergoing two hour-long sessions, scheduled about 90 days apart. A third session may be necessary to achieve optimal results.
How Long Does miraDry® Last?
Patients can look forward to long-term results because sweat glands do not regenerate. The results from miraDry® are permanent, unlike what is the case with neurotoxin or antiperspirant.