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miraDry® Treatment for Sweat and Odor

What happens after the procedure? What is the miraDry® procedure?

The miraDry® procedure is quick, non-invasive and provides a lasting solution for excessive underarm sweat. The handpiece from the miraDry® System, when placed on the underarm, delivers precisely controlled energy to the region where the sweat glands reside and removes sweat glands non-invasively. The sweat glands don’t grow back once removed, resulting in a dramatic and lasting reduction of underarm sweat.

What is the procedure like?

miraDry® treatment  involves no surgical incisions or cuts. The clinician customizes treatment for each underarm area with multiple placements of the miraDry® handpiece. Local anesthesia is administered to the underarms prior to the procedure to maintain comfort. Your office visit appointment will generally last about an hour.  Two procedures spaced three months apart are required to maximize the results and duration.

There is minimal to no downtime following the procedure. Your doctor will likely recommend a mild over-the-counter pain medication and use of ice packs for a few days. You should be able to return to normal activities or work right after the procedure, and you can typically resume exercise within several days. Some localized soreness or swelling is normal and typically clears within a few weeks.  Some patients have short-term altered sensation in the skin of their underarms or upper arms, which gradually disappears.

What results can I expect?

Most patients report a dramatic reduction of their sweat. In a recent clinical study, the average sweat reduction was 86%.  You should see a reduction in sweat immediately after treatment.  As with any medical procedure, results will vary by person.

How long will the results last?

The results are lasting because the sweat glands do not come back or regenerate after they have been removed. The miraDry® procedure uses a safe, non-invasive technology that is FDA cleared to remove sweat glands in the underarm.

Don’t I need my underarm sweat glands?

Your body contains over 4 million sweat glands, with only about 2% located in the underarms.  Removing this 2% will not affect the body’s ability to cool itself.

How is the miraDry® procedure different from other treatment options?

Other treatment options are designed to temporarily disable the sweat glands or involve surgery which contains inherent risks. Only the miraDry® treatment provides a lasting solution through a non-invasive procedure. You can find even more information on the miraDry® website.


With the sophisticated miraDry® device, our Chesterfield-based team can use heat to target and disable sweat-producing eccrine glands and odor-producing apocrine glands in the fat layer, while keeping the higher dermal and epidermal layers cool.

Is the miraDry® procedure right for me?

If embarrassing underarm sweat outbreaks, stained clothing or frequent antiperspirant application interfere with your daily life, then you may be a good candidate for the miraDry® procedure.

West County Dermatology is a miraDry®-certified practice serving Chesterfield and the greater St. Louis area. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

*Results may vary per patient.