Sweating is normal. Excessive sweating is not. If you’re suffering from too much underarm moisture to the point it’s ruining your clothes or causing you stress and anxiety, you may have hyperhidrosis. A treatment called miraDry® may be able to help.
With offices in Ventura and Camarillo, California, Ventura Institute for Dermatologic Arts can meet all your cosmetic and dermatological needs. Whether you’re looking to refresh your appearance or address a medical issue such as hyperhidrosis, Dr. Peter Karlsberg and his physician’s assistant Michele Ayans provide high quality, state-of-the-art care to help you look and feel your best.
Also known as polyhidrosis and sudorrhea, hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating to the extent of being physically uncomfortable, embarrassing, and potentially psychologically traumatic. It may affect one or more areas of the body including most often the armpits, feet, hands, and/or face. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis you aren’t alone—it affects close to eight million people in the United States alone.
There are two kinds of hyperhidrosis: primary and secondary. The causes behind primary hyperhidrosis are not well understood, but it is speculated that a genetic component is involved. Secondary hyperhidrosis can be caused by a number of health issues including anxiety, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, obesity, and more.
Treatment with miraDry
Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), miraDry eliminates underarm sweat and odor by destroying a specific group of glands causing the issue. While it’s true we need to perspire in order to regulate our body temperature, only a small amount of glands are located in this area. Sweat production throughout the rest of the body will still keep you cool.
The miraDry procedure is noninvasive and can be done right in our office. It typically takes an hour or less, and you can resume your daily activities right afterward.
We begin by numbing your armpits with local anesthesia, then we prepare the specific treatment location. Next we use a specially designed handpiece on the designated area that directs thermal energy into the sweat and odor glands for a predetermined amount of time.
While the glands are being destroyed on the inside, the surface of the skin remains comfortable and protected by a continuous hydro-ceramic cooling system. Once the sweat glands are eradicated, they will not come back.
If you’re ready to reclaim your life, wear what you want, and raise your hand in meetings, call us today at (805) 677-1600 to schedule a miraDry treatment and get rid of your excessive sweating for good.