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Friday 8.30am-4.30pm

Miradry

Quick and non-invasive

Lasting relief

No down time

If you are embarrassed or otherwise bothered by sweaty armpits or odour, miraDry can help.

MiraDry has proven to be highly effective for those suffering from excessive underarm sweating and relieves the stress and embarrassment of body odour.

How Does miraDry work?

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

Through a heating process known as thermolysis, miraDry destroys the sweat glands while the surface of the skin remains cool. MiraDry is considered a permanent treatment for excessive underarm sweating because it results in permanent destruction of the sweat glands. .

Since the axillae make up about 2% of the body’s surface area, their elimination does not affect the body’s ability to regulate body temperature.

The process is quick and non-invasive. Downtime is limited with an early return to work following miraDry. You will be advised to avoid strenuous exercise for a few days after. To remain comfortable, ice packs to the armpits and over-the-counter pain medication in the first few days after treatment is recommended.


Our Experience with miraDry

Our fully accredited miraDry practitioners have years of experience and are highly regarded for their expertise and ability to perform this treatment with precision and comfort to the patient.

We have performed well over 500 miraDry procedures at our Moonee Ponds practice.

MiraDry was introduced to North Western Vascular in 2014 following approval in Australia by theTherapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in June 2014.
MiraDry has a high safety record with approval from the FDA in the USA in 2011.

If you are considering MiraDry treatment, make an appointment with Mr Roger Bell to discuss your symptoms.

Please call one of our friendly staff to book an obligation free appointment.

 


MiraDry Versus Other Treatments

There are a number of treatment options to control underarm sweating and they each have their benefits. However, of all the options, miraDry is the only highly-effective permanent solution to excessive underarm sweating.

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Treatment
Miradry
Injections
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

90%

90%

 

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 provides 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 procedure suitable for anyone bothered or embarrassed by sweaty armpits or odour

     

     

  • Is miraDry surgery?

    No, 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 the first 24 to 4 hours to minimize any pain or discomfort. A medical certificate can be obtained, please discuss with our staff.

  • How effective is miraDry?

    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. If Hyperhidrosis is severe, for optimal results patients may require two miraDry sessions, spaced at least three months apart.

  • Are there any side effects?

    Patients experience some localised soreness and/or swelling in the armpit, which can extend onto the chest wall. This is tempory 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. If the desired outcome is not achieved after one treatment, 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 (March 2018) we have treated over 500 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?

    No, 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?

    Yes, 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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