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Sweating is a natural cooling system, designed by the body’s gland system. But for some, too much sweating will not only interfere with daily routines, but sabotage socializing. One in five adults in the United States is burdened with underarm sweat. If you are one of them, consider electromagnetic therapy. For people with hyperhidrosis, an FDA-approved procedure called miraDry, uses controlled and directed electromagnetics to destroy underarm sweat glands. MiraDry is a non-invasive microwave-based technology for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. The effectiveness of the technology was developed by Miramar Labs in 2006 and has since been FDA-approved in 2011.

What is hyperhidrosis : Miradry NYC, Miradry New York City, Miradry New York

The scientific term for excessive sweating is hyperhidrosis, a medical condition known for causing uncontrollable sweating through sweat glands. Prescription antiperspirants, Botox and surgery have been the most widely used treatments for excessive sweating, but without surgery, no treatments have proven as long-lasting and effective.

The condition which causes excessive sweating have symptoms which include sweaty face, hands, feet and palms, that can be the cause of a lot of embarrassment and social issues. Everyday existence can be challenging for a person suffering from this condition and physical proximity could be challenging. Yet, this condition can be cured and all these issues can be easily avoided. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that needs serious and focused handling and it will not go away if you think that it is something that can be ignored.

The hypothalamus – a part of the brain – is responsible for all sweat related functions. The sweat glands, which are responsible for producing sweat, are triggered by the hypothalamus which sends signals to it via nerves. In normal circumstances, a person would sweat when there is warmth or when the person undergoes any physical activity. As opposed to this, the sweat glands of a person suffering from hyperhidrosis produces surplus of sweat always.

 

MiraDry emits electromagnetic energy into the underarm treatment area, using a hand piece treated repeatedly into the numbed area. The device vacuums the skin and stabilizes it into place, which brings the sweat glands closer to the surface. The system then administers focused electromagnetic energy through the skin, deep into the region where the sweat glands reside. No incisions are made throughout the process. A cooling system is simultaneously released to protect the skin and help keep the heat energy at the same temperature as the sweat glands. The heat ultimately ablates the glands that cause the excessive sweating.

Destroying sweat glands does not mean the body will struggle or lose its ability to cool itself down because underarm sweat glands account for only two percent of the body’s sweat glands. Excessive sweating occurs when overactive sweat glands produce more sweat than is necessary to cool the body. Sweating is a natural and necessary bodily function used to cool off and get rid of excess heat from working muscles and warm temperatures. In fact, the human body has over four million sweat glands, which can be found virtually anywhere on the body except the lips.

There are two different kinds of sweat glands. The most common sweat gland is the eccrine glands, which cover most of the body, but are concentrated in the hands, feet and forehead and secrete clear, odorless sweat glands controlled by the hypothalamus. These glands are primarily activated by emotional stimuli and stressors that increase the body’s temperature. When the body’s thermoregulation system fails to proportionately excrete and distribute sweat for cooling, many suffer from stained clothes and complications in social and professional interactions. The apocrine gland develops during puberty and is triggered by a secretion of adrenaline, controlled by the adrenal medulla. Apocrine sweat is composed of protein and carbohydrates, which has been known to cause odor because it can come into contact with healthy bacteria on the skin.

In a clinical study conducted by Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, medical director of New York Cosmetic Skin & Laser Surgery Center, the treatment of underarm sweating with miraDry decreased excessive sweating by over 50 percent after the first treatment, with over 60 percent decrease in odor. After the second treatment, patients reported over 95 percent decrease in the severity of their hyperhidrosis. The study entitled “A Retrospective Analysis of the Treatment of Axillary Hyperhidrosis with Novel Microwave Technology” was presented last April at the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery annual meeting in Boston.

Another treatment approach is Botox injections, which is reliably successful in reducing armpit sweating. Botox injections are most commonly known for treating facial wrinkles, but have also proven to be successful in blocking the chemical involved in sending contraction signals to the muscles that lead to sweating. Besides surgery, miraDry and Botox are the only two ways to either destroy sweat glands or to disconnect the nerves responsible for excessive sweating. Botox is a purified neurotoxin that simply immobilizes nerves making it a non-permanent solution to excessive sweating. Botox can block the connection for a certain amount of time, depending on where the injections are made. Botox injections can decrease sweating up to five months, when injected into the feet, up to six months when injected into hands, and up to nine months when injected into armpits. This makes miraDry the most effective non-invasive procedure because of its ability to create a permanent solution for someone suffering from the distress of excessive sweating.

Botox simply stops the sweat glands form producing sweat and hence less sweat but it comes with associate side effects like freezing muscles in the injected area. And since the effect wears off in a few hours making the treatment repetitive. Prescription antiperspirants, Botox and surgery have been the most widely used treatments for excessive sweating, but without surgery, no treatments have proven as long-lasting and effective.

In some cases of hyperhidrosis, simple lifestyle changes such as using antiperspirants, wearing comfortable and loose clothing, avoiding clothing like nylon, lycra and a diet which excludes spicy food can cure mild cases of hyperhidrosis. Keeping yourself clean and following simple hygiene norms can offer respite to the condition. The odds change however if a person is suffering from severe hyperhidrosis. This happens when a person is sweating excessively. Besides these two treatment options surgery and medication can also be considered and the best option can only be decided upon consultation with a doctor.