I am a 41-year old male who has suffered from excessive underarm sweat for over 20 years. But if you know me, you probably never knew this was a problem with which I suffered. But that’s only because I put in a lot of work to disguise, cover, or otherwise hide my sweat.
I had essentially resolved to live my life just “dealing with” my sweat until I heard about a new procedure called miraDry. It promised:
- Immediate & dramatic (82%) reduction in underarm sweat
- No more wet armpits or stained shirts
- Little to no downtime afterward
- 80% of people only need one treatment
- Secondary benefits include reduction of odor & armpit hair (which helps reduce underarm sweat even more)
The more I talked to people who had the procedure, the more I started hearing things like “life-changing.” I needed something life-changing but I also needed to balance that with the fact that I am not a “procedure” guy (non-surgical or not).
I showed up to the offices of Franklin Dermatology Group for my procedure. After some paperwork, I was fitted for a temporary tattoo that would be applied to my armpit. This tattoo pattern is based on your armpit size (small, med, large, xl, etc) and it lays out the pattern the technician will follow with the device. The device then gently sucks a section of skin into the hand piece while simultaneously hitting the sweat gland with microwave heat. It then cools things down before making a beep alerting us that it is time to move to the next mark on the tattoo. Repeat this for the number of times required for your armpit size until the treatment is done.
Even though I was told I could do so, I never had to abort a heating phase due to discomfort. If it got hot or too uncomfortable, I was to tell the NP and she would, with the flick of her thumb, immediately move into the ‘cooling’ phase of treatment. I did tell her it was getting hot four or five times (all in the same area of the same armpit), but it really felt like a hot match head on my skin. Not intense or radiating heat. Not really even pain. Just pinpoint heat that lasted a second or two. Since it kept happening in the same spot, the NP injected a little more numbing agent and we continued on without further issue.
After the procedure I started icing my armpits immediately. I wasn’t overly swollen, but I was told by many recipients to take Ibuprofen and to ice early and often — whether I thought I needed it or not.
BOTTOM LINE: TWO BIG THUMBS-UP
At this point, I am incredibly happy with the procedure and I give it two big thumbs-up. This is exactly what I was looking for and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
COST: Hopefully insurance will cover this in the future for people who really sweat a lot. Until then, it costs around $2,000. But it’s permanent.
WORTH IT? In a word: YES. Time will indeed tell, but so far but, for the first time in 20 years, I have not worn antiperspirant and I have not sweat through a single shirt.
Look, if you want something bad enough, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. There are 100 excuses not to get it: You don’t have the time, you don’t trust that it will work, you feel it is too “vain”, you think it’s only for big burly men, you think you can continue to “live” with or cover up your underarm sweat …
Well, I got tired of excuses. I got tired of joking my way through this embarrassing problem. I did my research and learned about the procedure. I talked to people who had the procedure.
Now that I’m living sweat-free, I can’t believe it was this easy. I really wish this was an option 15 years ago…All those events where I was self-conscious…All the times where I felt embarrassed…
Honestly, if you’ve read this far, you are interested in doing something about your underarm sweat. So do yourself a favor and fill out the form below to get more info or request a consultation. There’s no cost or obligation — but it might just change your life.