Excessive Underarm Sweating - Hyperhidrosis

The medical term for excessive sweating is hyperhidrosis, and it usually begins in childhood or early adolescence. It is necessary for the body to sweat in order to cool itself, and to prevent overheating. Yet, people who have hyperhidrosis sweat, even when the body does not need to be cool. Although this condition can affect any part of the body, the parts most commonly affected are the palms, soles, and axillae. This excessive sweating can hinder one’s everyday life. Hands can sweat so much that shaking hands with others causes great anxiety. Underarms can soak through clothes causing obvious sweat marks. Therefore, many seek out treatment to help alleviate their hyperhidrosis.

Treatment: MiraDry VS ThermiDry

MiraDry® and ThermiDry are the two popular treatments for excessive sweating out on the market today. However, there are some key differences that separate these treatments making one the clear winner:

  • Technology Used– MiraDry uses microwave energy to destroy sweat glands, whereas ThermiDry delivers radiofrequency energy beneath the skin to destroy sweat glands. The radio-frequency energy used with ThermiDry has a higher percentage of sweat and odor prevention, and the result is much more prominent than MiraDry. When it comes to the different technologies, ThermiDry wins.
  • Amount of Treatments– ThermiDry universally only requires one treatment, whereas MiraDry typically requires three or more. ThermiDry requires less time and is a better investment since procedures are typically around the same cost.
  • Pain and Incisions– ThermiDry requires an incision. Yet, the incision is similar to the size of a pinhole making it almost non-existent. Therefore, many experience little to no discomfort or downtime. Here at WellMedica we encourage patients to continue their normal lives, and resume their daily routines after treatment. Unlike ThermiDry, MiraDry does not require an incision, and is typically advertised as a “non-invasive” treatment. Yet, it does require local anesthesia, because many experience pain after the procedure.  For instance, Jason from RealSelf.com states that after the procedure, “Once I got home & the lidocaine began to wear off – I became very sore. Ice helps a lot.” So, even though ThermiDry does require an incision when MiraDry does not, one can expect less pain with ThermiDry. This is why here at WellMedica, we recommend ThermiDry for patients with excessive sweating.