What It Is
miraDry is a 3 in 1 treatment that uses safe and non-invasive miraWave technology to permanently reduce sweat
, odor and underarm hair. It is the first and only non-invasive treatment that works to permanently eliminate underarm sweat and odour. The miraDry treatment is clinically proven to significantly reduce the amount of underarm perspiration and is FDA cleared and approved for use on the underarm area. The procedure done in the comfort of the McLean Clinic office and only takes approximately one hour to complete. Once removed, the sweat glands will not grow back, providing immediate, long lasting results.
If embarrassing underarm sweat is negatively impact your body, clothing, and self-confidence, you may be a great candidate for the miraDry treatment. You can say goodbye to stained clothing or frequent anti-perspirant application with this quick and painless procedure with limited to no downtime. Book your consultation with a trained and certified McLean Clinic physician to see if the miraDry treatment is right for you!
You will be in a very comfortable position, lying down for about one hour. Your underarms are numbed before your procedure to maintain maximum comfort during the procedure. During the treatment, controlled electromagnetic energy is delivered to the treatment site where your sweat glands are located, which will safely and painlessly eliminate the sweat glands without incisions or cuts.
The miraDry treatment is only for underarm use and is not meant for use on any other areas of the body.
How to Prepare
Prior to your miraDry treatment, you will be required to shave your underarms. Additional steps in preparation for your treatment will be discussed with you during your private miraDry consultation at our McLean Clinic office. The miraDry procedure for excessive underarm sweating is only performed for adults aged 18 and over.
How It Works
The amazing miraWave technology will heat and destroy your sweat glands, odor glands and hair follicles for permanent results. It is different from other lasers because the miraWave is colorblind. This means that it doesn’t rely on hair color to work – which is what makes this procedure so incredible. The hair follicles that are located in the area where we treat, will be destroyed regardless of color or hair growth stage. The sweat and odor glands are located in the area we are delivering energy so those also are destroyed.
Using a hand-held device, the miraDry technology delivers targeted electromagnetic energy to the underarm region where sweat glands are located, which results in the elimination of sweat glands. While the sweat glands under the surface of the skin is being eliminated through the electromagnetic technology, the top layers of the skin are protected and cooled simultaneously.
Once the sweat glands are removed, they do not grow back, resulting in instantaneous and long lasting results. Most patients only require a single treatment, however it is best recommended to undergo a second procedure after 3 months to maintain best results. Occasionally, patients may require a third treatment.
Immediately after treatment, our patients report a significant reduction of sweat in their underarm area. The average sweat reduction was 82% in clinical trials. Additionally, patients also experience a large decrease and elimination of underarm body odour after treatment.
Aftercare and Recovery
The miraDry procedure is performed in the comfort and privacy of the McLean Clinic office and usually takes only 1 hour to complete. Before your procedure, your underarms will be numbed to maintain optimal comfort during your treatment. Patients usually experience minimal discomfort while undergoing treatment and there is very minimal to no downtown afterwards.
For a few days after treatment, we recommend using an ice pack to place over the treatment site and also using a mild over-the-counter pain medication for a few days. Normally, patients are able to return to work and resume their normal activities immediately after their procedure and can resume exercise within a few days.
After your treatment, is it normal to experience minor side effects which include mild underarm swelling, redness, and tenderness. These effects should last a few days and should resolve on its own. You may also experience a tingling sensation and numbness in the armpit region for a few days to a few weeks after treatment, which should also resolve on its own.
Myths and Facts
There’s a common misconception that the elimination of sweat glands in your underarm area is harmful for the body, but this is definitely not true! miraDry uses revolutionary technology to eliminate the sweat glands in a safe, non-invasive manner. Your body has approximately 2 million sweat glands and your underarms hold only about 2% of those glands. Therefore, you should not experience issues with body thermoregulation or compensatory sweating after receiving the miraDry treatment. With Dr. McLean’s miraDry, you will still continue to sweat elsewhere without the bad, smelly sweat in the underarm area.