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How to Permanently Reduce Underarm Sweat

You may have asked yourself or researched, “why do my pits sweat so much?” in an attempt to figure out how to stop excessive underarm sweating.

Well, you’re not alone. This is actually a condition called hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, and it can be inconvenient for a number of reasons. It’s uncomfortable and can take a toll on your social life as sweating constantly seeps through your clothing to the point where it drastically impacts your everyday life. No matter how many deodorants you have tried, if you suffer from this condition, this could also contribute to hurting your self-esteem and confidence; and nobody wants that. 

Excessive perspiration is nothing to be ashamed of, but if it starts to hurt you emotionally, then it’s time to make a change. 

Luckily, there is hope! There are many things you can do to reduce underarm sweat permanently, and we’re here to guide you through it all. So, keep your chin up, because your underarms are about to be sweat-free! 

Causes of Excessive Underarm Sweat

This may surprise you, but there are no known causes for excessive sweating. What we do know, however, is that it is a result of overactive sweat glands. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis can produce up to five times more sweat than is usually required for the body to adapt to warmer temperatures. 

A person sitting at an office desk with underarm sweat stains

How To Prevent Sweat Stains

Before we delve into hyperhidrosis treatments, let’s take a look at precautions you can take in order to prevent or conceal sweat stains on your clothing.

Use Antiperspirant Products 

Use antiperspirant products that contain aluminum chloride, aldehydes, and zirconium salts. These ingredients are known to prevent excessive sweating. Regular drugstore deodorants usually only neutralize odours but do not prevent sweating so it’s important to look for specialized antiperspirants.

Choose Darker Coloured Clothing

Lighter palettes, such as pastels, grays, and nudes are more prone to showing stains once your underarms start to sweat. Opt for darker shades, such as midnight blue, black, and brown. These colours are less likely to be affected by sweat stains. 

Go 100% Cotton

Try to incorporate 100% cotton products into your wardrobe. Not only is it perfect for absorbing sweat, but it’s also great for the environment. If you make the transition to cotton clothing, you won’t ever have to wonder how to hide sweat stains again. 

MiraDry: The Cure to Excessive Underarm Sweat

The First and Only Non-Invasive Sweat-Reducing Treatment

When excessively sweaty underarms come for your confidence, miraDry will step in to save the day. Thanks to this state-of-the-art treatment, you can officially wave goodbye to sweaty underarms, unsightly mishaps, and stained clothing. It’s the sweaty armpit cure you’ve been looking for. 

MiraDry is a 3-in-1 treatment that utilizes safe and non-surgical miraWave technology in order to permanently minimize perspiration, odour, and underarm hair. This revolutionary aesthetic solution is the first and only non-invasive procedure that significantly lessens the amount of underarm sweat. Clinically proven to solve hyperhidrosis, you can rest assured that miraDry has got your back (and underarms). 

MiraDry works by harnessing heat energy to destroy your hair follicles, odour glands, and sweat glands. Unlike laser therapies, miraDry is colourblind, which means that it doesn’t rely on hair colour in order to work. This incredible feature makes miraDry perfectly compatible with a wide range of skin types and tones. 

This FDA-cleared sweat solution can be performed in the comfort of an expert cosmetic clinic, such as McLean Clinic, and takes a mere one hour to complete. 

A woman relieved with her arms in the air

What To Expect From MiraDry

Once you step through the clinic doors for your miraDry treatment, you can expect to be lying in a comfortable position for about one hour. Your underarms will be numbed with local anesthesia beforehand in order to maintain optimal comfort throughout the entire procedure. Your specialist will be using controlled electromagnetic energy, applied directly onto your sweat glands. At the same time, the top layers of the dermis are protected and cooled. 

Rest assured that the entire process is safe and painless. No need to worry about cuts or incisions. 

MiraDry Results   

Once the sweat glands are successfully removed, they will not grow back. This brilliant treatment provides instant and long-lasting results. Depending on your specific needs, you will most likely only need one miraDry treatment to achieve optimal results. In some cases, your doctor may recommend a second session after three months for maintenance purposes. 

The average sweat reduction McLean Clinic’s patients have experienced was 82% in clinical trials. Additionally, they have also reaped the benefits of less body odour post-treatment. A double win! 

MiraDry Aftercare and Recovery

MiraDry is a painless procedure that requires little to no downtime afterwards. However, it is advised to apply an ice pack over the treatment area for a few days. In the event that you experience discomfort during the recovery period, you could opt to take mild over-the-counter pain medication. 

Usually, patients are able to shift right back into their daily routine of work and other activities immediately after their session and can head back to their workout routine within a few days.

Potential Side Effects

  • Mild Underarm Swelling 
  • Redness
  • Tenderness 
  • Tingling Sensation 
  • Numbness

These minor side effects typically subside on their own within a few days. In the rare case that you experience severe or prolonged discomfort, consult your doctor immediately.

MiraDry: Fact vs. Myth

Most of you must have heard of the common misconception that the elimination of sweat glands could have a negative impact on your health. However, we’re about to debunk this concept, because it’s merely a myth. 

MiraDry uses advanced technology to eliminate the sweat glands in the safest and most non-invasive way possible. Your body is equipped with 2 to 4 million sweat glands, and only 2% of that is located in your underarms. Hence, you shouldn’t experience any problems with thermoregulation or compensatory perspiration after your MiraDry session.

Botox® for Excessive Underarm Sweat

A person getting Botox injections on her underarms

How to Prevent Sweat Stains with Botox

You may know Botox as one of the world’s most popular cosmetic enhancement treatments. As an effective and pain-free technique that effectively reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin, people have trusted Botox for years. 

But did you know that Botox is also designed to treat hyperhidrosis? That’s right, Botox doesn’t just exist to restore your youthful beauty, it is also geared towards curing excessively sweaty underarms.

It works by temporarily blocking the signals sent from the nerves to the sweat glands. Consequently, you will notice that the treatment area perspires less. Botox for hyperhidrosis can help reduce the challenges brought about by this potentially socially isolating condition. 

Aside from being ideal for treating excessive underarm sweat, Botox can also be used as a tool to eliminate the same condition on the scalp, hands, back, and feet.

This cosmetic wonder works by means of a very fine needle. Botox is administered into the muscles surrounding the treatment site and is relatively painless, however, if you are sensitive to pain, your specialist may advise you to take acetaminophen one hour before your procedure or apply topical anesthetics in order to minimize any discomfort. This is especially helpful if you are undergoing this treatment to cure hyperhidrosis. 

How To Prepare For Botox  

  • Refrain from consuming alcohol at least one week prior to your treatment. 
  • Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications two weeks prior to your appointment (e.g. Aspirin).

Important note: Patients who suffer from a neurological disorder, have botulinum allergies, are pregnant, or are currently breastfeeding are not eligible for Botox. Consult your doctor for safer alternatives. 

Botox Results

Botox results will be experienced and visible almost instantaneously. With minimal downtime, you will notice results within the first 48 hours after your session. Results can last up to six months.

Potential Side Effects

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

Botox Aftercare and Recovery

Botox is non-invasive, which means that you can step right back into the flow of your daily routine. However, it is highly recommended that you avoid any strenuous physical activities for at least 24 hours. 

In the event that swelling occurs, you can use an ice pack to reduce the discomfort. Mild side effects are normal and will disappear on their own within a few hours or days.  

Botox: Fact Vs. Myth

The common stigma that surrounds Botox is that it will give patients a “frozen look” that makes the patient unable to channel expressions. We’re glad to let you know that this is a misconception, as this only happens due to the overdosage of a Botox injection. 

In fact, Botox is used to reduce muscle movement in order to give you a natural wrinkle-free look. 

Say Goodbye to Underarm Sweat at McLean Clinic

Gone are the days that you take to the internet to search “how to prevent sweat stains,” or “how to get rid of pit stains fast” because McLean Clinic is here to transform your condition for the better!  

At McLean Clinic, we aim to provide comfortable, convenient, and cost-effective aesthetic solutions for our clients. Reach out to our office today to learn more about battling the effects of excessive underarm sweat. 

April 22, 2021
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