A mi­raDry laser treat­ment to stop un­der­arm sweat­ing

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - BEAUTY WITH JOSIE STEENHART - Jen Gibbs

WE WENT TO Skin Spe­cial­ist Cen­tre, Auck­land. WHAT IT’S FOR Stop­ping or sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing un­der­arm sweat­ing. PREP FAC­TOR A con­sul­ta­tion. You’ll also need to shave your armpits three days be­fore laser­ing. You’ll re­ceive pre­scrip­tion medicine and take anti-in­flam­ma­tory pills two days be­fore­hand. OUR EX­PE­RI­ENCE The mi­raDry laser wasn’t that bad or painful. It took about two hours (take head­phones to lis­ten to mu­sic). First, a doc­tor in­jected lo­cal anaes­thetic into my armpits, then in­serted can­nu­las to put in more lo­cal anaes­thetic and saline so­lu­tion (this lifts the sweat glands away from the nerves and al­lows for the high­est set­ting on the laser). Next, a nurse lasered each armpit. This took about 20-30 min­utes for each one. The next 20 min­utes was spent with an ice pack un­der each arm. I was fine to drive home, but had to put ice packs on for 15 min­utes ev­ery hour for the next 24-48 hours, ex­cept when sleep­ing (they pro­vide sleep­ing pills for seven nights, but I only took them for three. I also took pred­nisone and other anti-in­flam­ma­tory med­i­ca­tion. PAIN FAC­TOR While not re­ally painful, the swelling was un­com­fort­able and I had bruis­ing. It also made me a bit grumpy. I had my arms out at 30-de­gree an­gles for about the first four days. OUR VER­DICT It took three weeks for my armpits to re­turn to nor­mal but it did stop the sweat­ing. BOOK IT IN IF You want to save your clothes, and you can af­ford it and can deal with the dis­com­fort. BUT KEEP IN MIND Swelling and bruis­ing can last up to two weeks. EX­PECT TO PAY $2800 per treat­ment with two treat­ments sug­gested. YOU CAN VISIT Skin Spe­cial­ist Cen­tre, Re­muera. Skin­spe­cial­ist­cen­tre.co.nz

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