miraDry is a quick, non-surgical treatment option for those wanting to stop unwanted or excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) and odor in their underarms. Our team at The Ottawa Clinic is proud to offer this hyperhidrosis treatment, as well as BOTOX® injections, to help patients achieve dry underarms, prevent sweat stains, and reduce odor. Administered by one of our nurses or medical aesthetician (under the direction of our dermatologist or plastic surgeons), the one-hour treatment is virtually painless and requires little to no downtime. miraDry has an extremely high rate of patient satisfaction, providing life-changing results for many men and women.
What Does the miraDry Treatment Involve?
The miraDry procedure is a three-step process that can typically be completed within one hour. At the beginning of your treatment, your underarms will be numbed with local anesthesia to minimize any potential discomfort. The target area will then be carefully mapped out using a temporary tattoo template that will help guide your physician. The miraDry handheld device is then directed over your underarms, which gently suctions the tissue for optimal results. As thermal energy is delivered, the sweat and odor glands are heated and destroyed. Throughout this process, cooling is activated to maximize your comfort. Immediately after treatment, you can begin to enjoy dry, odor-free underarms.
How Long Is the Recovery from miraDry?
Patients typically experience little to no downtime after their miraDry treatment. They can usually resume their normal activities as soon as they leave our office, including going back to work, and can usually return to exercise within several days. It is normal to experience sensitivity, swelling, bruising, and numbness around the treatment area. These sensations typically subside within the first week after treatment.
How Long Do miraDry Results Last?
miraDry results are considered permanent since the sweat and odor glands cannot regrow after breaking down during treatment. Results may vary for every individual, but on average, the treatment has been clinically proven to provide an 82% reduction in sweat and 89% reduction in odor.
What Side Effects Are Associated with miraDry?
In addition to the possible side effects experienced immediately after miraDry, patients may have localized soreness, swelling, and an altered sensation in the treatment area—all of which usually fades within a few weeks. Some patients may also experience a reduction in their underarm hair.
Is miraDry Safe?
miraDry is cleared by the FDA to significantly reduce sweat in the underarm area. Many patients are concerned that eliminating their sweat glands will lead to problems in the future; however this is not the case. Since the underarms only contain about 2% of your body’s sweat glands, your body can still safely cool itself without the function of the glands in this small area.
How Much Does miraDry Cost?
miraDry typically costs about $2250 + HST per session, which most consider to be a worthwhile investment for the permanent results they achieve. During your consultation, our team can provide you with a personalized quote based on the specifics of your treatment. Best results are achieved with between one and three sessions, but a large majority of people only need one session. We can also help you navigate available financing options to help break your total cost into smaller monthly payments, should you be interested.