Will Ice Reduce Swelling After miraDry® Treatments?

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For patients struggling with hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, the potential side effects of a treatment that could improve their frustrating and disruptive condition are typically of little concern. Still, it is important to understand what to expect after treatment and how to optimize your recovery period. At NoSweat Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, IN, board-certified physician Dr. Philip Rettenmaier offers miraDry treatment to help patients overcome the challenging condition of hyperhidrosis so that they can enjoy life with more comfort and confidence. In this blog, we’ll discuss what patients can expect during and after miraDry, including what side effects are possible and how they can be managed appropriately.

What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by excessive sweating, which can occur without an obvious trigger or reason – even while at rest. Patients with hyperhidrosis often sweat through their clothing, leaving visible sweat stains. Another embarrassing symptom of hyperhidrosis is a strong, offensive body odor.

How is hyperhidrosis treated?

One of the most convenient and effective treatments for hyperhidrosis is miraDry. This noninvasive, nonsurgical treatment offers patients the ability to deactivate sweat glands under the arms, reducing or even removing sweat and body odor.

How does miraDry work?

During a miraDry treatment session, which can be performed in less than an hour, suction technology is first used to gently bring sweat glands in the underarms toward the skin’s surface, making them easier to target and treat. Thermal energy is then delivered to the area, heating and destroying sweat glands without damaging the skin and other tissues. While many patients experience an immediate improvement in their symptoms following a single miraDry session, a follow-up session about two months later is recommended to achieve the most complete results.

Does miraDry hurt?

Prior to treatment, a topical numbing agent will be applied to the underarms to minimize any discomfort a patient may experience during miraDry. Most patients describe a slight tugging sensation during the first phase of treatment with a feeling of warmth afterward.

Does miraDry cause any side effects?

Almost immediately following miraDry treatment, patients may experience mild side effects in the underarm area, including:

  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Redness
  • Tingling
  • Tenderness

In most cases, these side effects of miraDry are well tolerated and last for just a few days.

How can I reduce swelling after miraDry?

Fortunately, most of the side effects of miraDry – including mild swelling – resolve fairly quickly on their own. However, there are a few things patients can do to speed up the process and feel more like themselves sooner. For swelling specifically, using a cold compress or ice pack in the armpits can be quite effective. Additionally, patients should take care not to get overheated, which can prolong or worsen their symptoms. This means avoiding strenuous exercise, warm temperatures, and hot baths or showers for a few days.

Once these side effects resolve, patients can truly begin to enjoy the results of their miraDry treatment, which – believe it or not – can last a lifetime.

With miraDry for hyperhidrosis, you can finally live your life free of worry

If you are constantly anxious or embarrassed by your excessive sweating or offensive body odor, miraDry may be the life-changing solution you’ve been searching for. Take the first step toward enjoying life once again by calling NoSweat Fort Wayne to schedule your consultation for miraDry in Fort Wayne, IN with board-certified physician Philip Rettenmaier today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.