miraDry®: microwaves against underarm perspiration

A new, non-invasive procedure against underarm perspiration

Tar­get­ed microwaves pri­mar­i­ly irra­di­ate the sweat glands in the under­arm area. The miraDry® treat­ment can also be used with exces­sive sweat­ing on the but­tocks and tor­so.

For the treat­ment of the hands, the miraDry® pro­ce­dure is only suit­able to a lim­it­ed extent, while it is out of the ques­tion for the treat­ment of sweaty feet or heavy per­spi­ra­tion on the face.

The skin is not pen­e­trat­ed, so the miraDry® pro­ce­dure is anoth­er non-inva­sive treat­ment for hyper­hidro­sis. Usu­al­ly, the pro­ce­dure requires two out­pa­tient treat­ments from your der­ma­tol­o­gist three months’ apart.

The heat of the microwave per­ma­nent­ly destroys the sweat and odour-caus­ing glands. The miraDry® method can there­fore also be used for the treat­ment of bromhidro­sis (unpleas­ant body odour). It also reduces hair growth by destroy­ing the hair fol­li­cles.

How does miraDry® treatment work?

Dur­ing treat­ment, the skin area to be treat­ed is sucked in by the miraDry® hand­piece and then treat­ed with microwaves. The upper skin lay­er is pro­tect­ed by a cool­ing sys­tem, so that the heat is lim­it­ed to the deep­er lying sweat and olfac­to­ry glands. The cool­ing sys­tem also relieves the pain dur­ing the treat­ment.

Side effects of miraDry® treatment

Side effects of the miraDry® treat­ment may include swelling, local pain in the treat­ment area, bruis­ing, red­ness, burns, swelling, or numb­ness. Rarely, it can also lead to dis­col­oration of the skin in the armpit.

As this is a fair­ly new pro­ce­dure for the treat­ment of hyper­hidro­sis, there are cur­rent­ly no stud­ies on its long-term effects.

Contraindications for the miraDry® procedure

The pro­ce­dure is not suit­able for patients with car­diac pace­mak­ers and oth­er elec­tron­ic implants, for patients who need addi­tion­al oxy­gen, or who have an intol­er­ance to the anaes­thet­ics lido­caine and epi­neph­rine.

What is the cost of a miraDry® treatment?

The cost of a treat­ment is usu­al­ly in the mid four-dig­it range.

Will health insurance cover miraDry® treatments?

Whether statu­to­ry health insur­ance will cov­er the treat­ment is uncer­tain. We rec­om­mend ask­ing your insur­ance com­pa­ny before begin­ning treat­ment. Even after evi­dence of its med­ical neces­si­ty has been sub­mit­ted, the cost will be reim­bursed only on a case-by-case basis.

Benefits and risks of miraDry® treatment compared to HIDREX iontophoresis treatment

Com­pared to ion­tophore­sis, miraDry® is new. No long-term stud­ies have yet been pub­lished. In con­trast, the suc­cess of HIDREX ion­tophore­sis ther­a­py has been proven in numer­ous stud­ies. miraDry® can only be used to treat exces­sive sweat­ing in under­arm, tor­so, but­tocks, and hands. HIDREX, on the oth­er hand, offers solu­tions for the hands, under­arm, feet, head, face and, in spe­cial cas­es, the back. Anoth­er advan­tage of ion­tophore­sis ther­a­py is that the costs are usu­al­ly cov­ered by the health insur­ance once their med­ical neces­si­ty has been doc­u­ment­ed.

 

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