Have you ever experienced excessive underarm sweating? If you did, you're aware of the embarrassment that having overactive underarm sweat glands can give you.
The truth is, you might be suffering from a condition known as axillary hyperhidrosis. While it’s not life-threatening, too much armpit sweating can still affect the quality of your life. It can even make you shy away from social interactions.
Maybe you’ve even thought about removing your underarm sweat glands just to make the distressing sweat and smell go away. But since sweat glands are a part of your body, you might feel uneasy getting rid of them altogether. Just do a quick online search, and you’ll find tons of myths about underarm sweat gland removal.
So in this article, we debunk these common sweat gland myths to show you that you why permanently removing your sweat glands is the best option when it comes to axillary hyperhidrosis.
Myth #1: Destroying underarm sweat glands is dangerous.
The notion of destroying sweat glands may be alarming and scary to some.
But the truth is, the sweat glands in your underarms are just 2% of the four million sweat glands found in the rest of your body.
This means that removing your underarm sweat glands won’t make a huge difference in the regulation of your body temperature. You have nothing to worry about in that aspect.
Myth #2: There is no safe way to remove armpit sweat glands.
In the past, you can only remove armpit sweat glands through a surgery known as endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS). But it’s an extremely invasive procedure that might cause more harm than good if not done right.
But thankfully, you now have the option of undergoing miraDry treatments for your underarms. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration, miraDry can help you get sweat-free pits by using microwave energy to destroy your armpit sweat glands.
In this procedure, your miraDry provider uses a handheld device to deliver electromagnetic energy to the sweat glands below your armpit skin. To prevent burns, it has a built-in cooling mechanism that protects the skin’s topmost layer.
So far, there isn’t any evidence that miraDry has any harmful and permanent side effects. It continues to be the permanent remedy of choice for people with axillary hyperhidrosis because it’s quick and minimally invasive.
Myth #3: Getting rid of sweat glands won't stop body odor.
Body odor happens when your sweat comes in contact with the bacteria on your skin surface. Thus, stopping sweating can actually make a difference in how your body smells.
For example, one of the treatments used to stop excessive sweating is Botox. It can also help reduce body odor as a result, although its effects are not permanent. They only last for about four months, after which you must get Botox touch-ups to continue enjoying your results.
Another example is miraDry. It gets rid of armpit sweat glands, including odor and hair glands. Thus, it offers a permanent solution to sweating and armpit odor.
Myth #4: The lack of sweat glands in the underarms can lead to compensatory sweating.
Compensatory sweating is a side effect of treatments that involve getting rid of sweat glands.
It happens when you remove sweat glands in one area of your body, so the rest of the sweat glands in other areas secrete sweat more than usual.
Though possible, compensatory sweating is quite rare for miraDry patients. Statistics show that only one percent of miraDry patients experienced this.
Because your armpits contain only a small percentage of the sweat glands in your body, removing underarm sweat glands won’t affect your body’s ability to regulate heat.
Myth #5: Underarm sweat glands grow back.
Once you get rid of your sweat glands, they never grow back.
That’s why treatments like miraDry result in a permanent sweat reduction. It involves underarm sweat gland removal.
In fact, a 2013 study about miraDry showed that 83.3% of the treated patients had a two-point improvement in the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale.
On the other hand, antiperspirants and Botox only block sweat glands for a limited time. You have to do touch-ups to keep sweating at bay since they don’t involve sweat gland removal.
Myth #6: Overactive sweat glands resolve on their own.
Many people dismiss excessive sweating as something that would eventually go away. But the truth is, this underrated condition rarely resolves on its own.
A simple lifestyle change can’t treat hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating has periods of remission. Unless you address the underlying cause, it will come back.
That’s why you shouldn’t just sweep hyperhidrosis under the rug. Consult a doctor to know if you have hyperhidrosis and ask him which procedure will work for you.
miraDry is worth a shot when it comes to treating underarm sweat glands. For one, it’s safe and noninvasive. Plus, it also yields more lasting results compared to other treatments.
Are you interested in getting a miraDry treatment? Schedule a Free Consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon here in Face+Body Cosmetic Surgery so that we can help you get rid of excessive sweating for good.