Who can have treatment with miraDry?
Almost anyone. Patients with a cardiac pacemaker or implanted defibrillator, with severe cardiovascular disease, uncontrolled hypertension, or who require continuous oxygen, should not be treated with miraDry. Allergy to local anesthetics is rare, so patients who have such an allergy would require a consultation with an allergist prior to a miraDry treatment.
Can miraDry treat areas other than my underarms?
Unfortunately, no. miraDry treatment is limited to the underarm areas.
What are the alternatives to miraDry for underarm sweating?
Prescription strength antiperspirants are available, but can be irritating, and are usually ineffective for serious hyperhidrosis. Botulinum toxin (Botox, Xeomin) injections into the underarms or other body areas are safe and temporarily effective. Surgical interruption of the sympathetic nerves (endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy) is performed in a few major medical centers, but is expensive and requires recovery time. Oral prescription medications can be somewhat effective, but may have unacceptable adverse effects.
Tell me more about Botox for excessive sweating.
It is an effective but temporary treatment, lasting for about 6 months, occasionally longer. It is used for any area, including the hands and feet. Treatment requires multiple tiny injections into the skin, using the smallest available needle. Cooling, mild sedation, and local, or regional anesthetics can be used to minimize discomfort.
How do I get started?
Call Healthy Living Liberty Lake if you have questions, or to schedule a consultation. Our staff will be happy to discuss the cost of treatment. If distance prevents you from coming in person for an initial consultation, we will interview you by telephone to help determine which treatment is best for you. Avoid alcohol, strong sedatives, or a heavy meal before the procedure. Please be prompt for your appointment, as we try to stay on time.