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Sweaty Armpits

Are excessively sweaty underarms holding you back from enjoying everyday activities that others take for granted? Sports, dating and nights out on the town should be fun things, but they fill you with anxiety.

Sweaty armpits, or axillary hyperhidrosis, involves constant or excessive sweating of the underarms. But you don’t have to suffer with this condition.

At North Western Vascular in Melbourne, our highly recommended miraDry® treatment dramatically reduces underarm sweating and/or odour up to 90%.

Even though the response to ETS is excellent, we have now introduced miraDry as the recommended treatment of excessive underarm sweating and body odour. Want to reduce underarms sweating and stop underarm sweat? Contact us today.

The procedure is performed onsite at our Moonee Ponds office. Our procedure only takes one and a half hours and we provide free onsite parking.


How Can We Help Change Your Life?

Many people who suffer from excessively sweaty armpits shower and change their clothes multiple times in a day to avoid odour and embarrassment. People with axillary hyperhidrosis are more likely to decline invitations to any social event because they fear the embarrassment of visibly sweaty armpits.

You can turn your life around with a simple non-invasive procedure.

Take the first step towards eliminating excessively sweaty armpits. Make an appointment with Mr. Bell to discuss your symptoms and how miraDry can help.


How Does miraDry work?

MiraDry delivers carefully controlled electromagnetic energy to your underarm sweat glands through a handheld device.

Through a heating process known as thermolysis, miraDry destroys sweat glands while the surface of the skin remains cool and comfortable. MiraDry is considered a permanent treatment for excessive underarm sweat because it ensures sweat glands are permanently destroyed.

Since the underarm sweat glands only make up around 2% of all the sweat glands in the body, their elimination does not affect the body’s ability to regulate its normal temperature.

The process is quick and non-invasive. You may even return to work after a miraDry procedure, though you will be advised to avoid strenuous exercise for a few days after. To remain comfortable, you may use ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication in the first few days after treatment.

MiraDry Versus Other Treatments

There are a few treatments to control underarm sweat and they are all unique in their benefits. However, miraDry is the only highly-effective permanent solution to excessive underarm sweating.

Treatment
Miradry
Botox
Antiperspirants

How it works

Destroys sweat glands while keeping the skin safe and cool

Binds to sweat gland receptors to stop sweating

Uses metal to block sweat glands from perspiring

PERMANENCE

Permanent

3, 6 or 8 month intervals

Only lasts hours

EFFECTIVENESS

Up to 90%

Up to 90%

Poor for excessive sweating

Miradry
Botox
Antiperspirants
Miradry
Botox
Antiperspirants
  • HOW IT WORKS

    Destroys sweat glands while keeping the skin safe and cool

  • PERMANENCE

    Permanent

  • EFFECTIVENESS

    90%

  • HOW IT WORKS

    Binds to sweat gland receptors to stop sweating

  • PERMANENCE

    3, 6 or 8 month intervals

  • EFFECTIVENESS

    90%

  • HOW IT WORKS

    Uses metal to block sweat glands from perspiring

  • PERMANENCE

    Only lasts hours

  • EFFECTIVENESS

    Poor for excessive sweating

Sweaty Armpits

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why do I sweat so much from my armpits?

    You are not alone. Probably up to 2% of the population sweat uncontrollably.  When it affects the armpits, it is called axillary hyperhidrosis. This is a common area for excessive sweating, as there is a high concentration of sweat glands in the axillae.

  • What alternatives are there for treating excessive sweating from my armpits?

    Most will have tried the whole range of anti-perspirants, including the stronger Aluminium based agents such as Driclor, without success.

    Injections are effective, but provide temporary relief only, and therefore has to be repeated every 3 to 6 months.

    Sympathectic ablation (ETS) is a very good operation for many patients with hyperhidrosis. However for patients with underarm sweating (axillary hyperhidrosis), 20% will not achieve the result they were looking for, and there is a small but significant risk of rebound sweating or compensatory hyperhidrosis.

    We firmly believe that miraDry is the best option for patients with excessive armpit sweating or odour

  • What is miraDry?

    MiraDry is a non-invasive procedure that provides lasting results for reducing excessive underarm sweating. The miraDry handpiece delivers precise controlled microwave energy to the skin, thereby eliminating the sweat glands in a non-invasive way. Micrscopic examination of skin following miraDry shows that between 50 and 90% of the sweat glands are destroyed by miraDry.

  • Don’t I need my armpit sweat glands?

    There is minimal downtime after miraDry. We recommend over-the-counter pain medication and use of ice packs for a few days to minimize any pain or discomfort. We recommend a few days off work, and return to exercising only when pain-free.

  • Is miraDry surgery?

    This procedure does not involve any surgical incisions. Each treatment is customized for the person’s underarm area. It is performed under local anaesthetic, and is therefore generally well tolerated by the patient. Virtually all patients remain comfortable throughout the process.

  • Is there any downtime?

    There is minimal downtime after miraDry. We recommend over-the-counter pain medication and use of ice packs for a few days to minimize any pain or discomfort. We recommend a few days off work, and return to exercising only when pain-free.

  • How effective is miraDry?

    It is recommended that in order to achieve the best outcome, patients should under two miraDry sessions, spaced at least three months apart. We have found that 70 – 80% of our patients are satisfied after one treatment. Microscopic examination of skin biopsies show a 50 – 90% reduction in viable sweat glands following miraDry treatment.

  • Are there any side effects?

    Many patients experience some localized soreness and/or swelling in the armpit, which can extend onto the chest wall. This is transient and generally clears within a few days. Some experience more severe thickening in the armpit called banding which can last a few weeks. Less commonly, patients may experience short-term altered sensation in the skin of the upper arm.

  • How long do results last?

    Since the sweat glands do not have the capacity to regenerate, the results following miraDry are permanent.  Remember that If the desired outcome is not achieved after one treatment, these patients generally respond very well to a second miraDry session.

  • Is miraDry effective for body odour?

    MiraDry is also extremely effective in treating patients with body odour. In countries such as Japan, patients are more likely to have the procedure for odour rather than excessive sweating.

  • How long has North Western Vascular been using MiraDry?

    We began offering MiraDry treatment in October 2014 and became fully accredited soon after. North Western Vascular prides itself on being the leader in hyperhidrosis treatment offering exceptional service to patients.   To date we have treated over 350 patients with outstanding results

  • Can you tell me about the results you are achieving?

    Patients are reporting a dramatic reduction in axillary sweating and odour.  Approximately 80% achieve the desired outcome with one treatment.  A second treatment is recommended for optimal results however only required in 20% of patients.

  • What attracted you to MiraDry?

    North Western Vascular was treating patients who suffered from  axillary hyperhidrosis with sympathectomy which required treatment in hospital, under a general anaesthetic. Although the results were very good following sympathectomy, a small number developed rebound sweating, which at times negated the benefit. On the other hand, MiraDry carries no risk of rebound sweating, can be performed under local anaesthetic in our rooms with virtually no downtime, no incisions and takes only 1 ½ hrs.  Importantly success rates are high with MiraDry and the benefit is permanent.

  • What happens during MiraDry treatment? How does electromagnetic energy affect sweat glands?

    The procedure is done under local anaesthesia using an axillary template to precisely outline the treatment area.   MiraDry involves targeted microwave ablation of the sweat glands, destroying them permanently.

  • What is your protocol for treatment using MiraDry?

    The procedure is done by our fully accredited MiraDry Practitioner in our procedure room.  Local anaesthetic is used to numb the axilla, and also acts to protect the underlying tissues.  The presence of local anaesthetic means that the patient experiences minimal discomfort during the procedure.

  • Can MiraDry be used on other areas of the body?

    It can only be used for axillary sweating or odour. There is no approval for its use on other areas of the body.

  • What’s the average sweat gland reduction after treatment? Are results immediate?

    Histological studies show the majority of sweat glands are destroyed by the thermal injury imparted by the microwaves. From the patient’s perspective, there is a 50 – 90% reduction in sweating and the results are usually immediate.

  • How many treatments are required for optimum results?

    Generally patients will require one treatment on Level 5 however if hyperhidrosis is severe, then for optimal results a second treatment is recommended.

  • Will the destroyed sweat glands grow back after treatment?

    No, the sweat glands that have been destroyed during treatment will not regenerate.

  • Who is your typical patient?

    There is no typical patient as axillary hyperhidrosis can affect people of all professions and backgrounds.

     

    Generally patients we see have suffered from severe underarm sweating and/or odour for many years and have tried other forms of treatment such as Injections or heavy duty aluminium based deodorants which can cause irritation and only offer temporary relief.  However MiraDry is an exceptional treatment which is suitable for anyone who is bothered by underarm sweating and does not want to deal with the embarrassment of sweat patches under the arms.

  • Can it be used on all skin types?

    MiraDry is suitable for all skin types and there is minimal discomfort with this procedure.

  • What has been the feedback from your patients following MiraDry?

    The feedback from our patients has been extremely good with approximately 80% of patients having a dramatic reduction in underarm sweating of between 50 to 90%.  Patients have reported renewed confidence and a sense of freedom following treatment as they no longer need to worry about wet patches or odour.    

  • Who can administer treatments with MiraDry?

    MiraDry can be administered by health professionals such as doctors or registered nurses.  At North Western Vascular both Mr Roger Bell and our Practice Nurse have been fully accredited by Miramar having undergone the required training.   Miramar have strict guidelines for administering MiraDry so the treatment has an extremely high safety record.

  • Do you think MiraDry has revolutionised hyperhidrosis treatments?

    MiraDry has definitely revolutionised hyperhidrosis treatment as patients undergo the procedure in 1 ½ hours with minimal downtime and unlike Injections which temporarily disable sweat glands requiring ongoing regular treatments, MiraDry offers a permanent solution as the sweat glands that are destroyed do not regenerate.   

  • How can I make an inquiry, book an appointment for consultation or MiraDry treatment?

    All enquiries and appointments can be made by calling 1800 SWEATY (1800 793289).  Our staff are knowledgeable and happy to help by providing information regarding treatment.  Patients can book an obligation free consultation with Mr Roger Bell, hyperhidrosis specialist at any of our 4 locations across Melbourne.  Patients can also book directly for MiraDry after having received the required information.

Our Client Stories

I was driving home this morning feeling unimaginably happy. Choosing to have surgery was the best decision I’ve ever made. The first time I met you, I was overcome by how completely you understood what I was going through. I think what you do is unbelievably selfless and amazing. You have literally changed my life.

It isn’t even these major things that I am most grateful for. It is the much simpler things – going out to dinner without feelings of stress and anxiety, holding hands, getting my nails done… Read More

Before this operation, I wore gloves to job interviews, I skipped church to avoid the peace-be-with-yous as the thought of shaking someone’s hand made me cringe and my tops and dresses were always black to avoid stains from under my arms. This operation has changed my life forever, it has built my confidence up and has allowed me to take up new hobbies like dancing.

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Mr Roger Bell and his team for allowing me to live my life sweat free… Read more

I was driving home this morning feeling unimaginably happy. Choosing to have surgery was the best decision I’ve ever made. The first time I met you, I was overcome by how completely you understood what I was going through. I think what you do is unbelievably selfless and amazing. You have literally changed my life.

It isn’t even these major things that I am most grateful for. It is the much simpler things – going out to dinner without feelings of stress and anxiety, holding hands, getting my nails done… Read More

Before this operation, I wore gloves to job interviews, I skipped church to avoid the peace-be-with-yous as the thought of shaking someone’s hand made me cringe and my tops and dresses were always black to avoid stains from under my arms. This operation has changed my life forever, it has built my confidence up and has allowed me to take up new hobbies like dancing.

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Mr Roger Bell and his team for allowing me to live my life sweat free… Read more

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