Sweaty days are gone

Clinic claims de­mand is grow­ing for un­der­arm laser treat­ment

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ma­hak Man­nan @Ma­hakLFC ma­hak@7days.ae

An in­creas­ing num­ber of Dubai res­i­dents are opt­ing for med­i­cal treat­ment to kill the sweat glands un­der their arms, a plas­tic sur­geon has said.

With the help of mi­raDry, a ma­chine that uses en­ergy to dry out armpit sweat glands, spe­cial­ists are able to cut sweat­ing by up to 100 per cent, claimed Dr Le­an­dro Jun­queira, Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor at Obagi Medispa in Jumeirah.

The treat­ment is open to all ages, Jun­queira has treated a pa­tient aged 17.

He said the treat­ment is in­tended for those with med­i­cal con­di­tions that cause ex­cess sweat, but the treat­ment it open to any­one.

“Mi­raDry is best for peo­ple who suf­fer from hy­per­hidro­sis, a con­di­tion in which the per­son sweats ex­ces­sively and un­pre­dictably.” At least three per cent of the global pop­u­la­tion are af­fected.

“We have pa­tients come in on a weekly ba­sis say­ing they can­not wear dif­fer­ent kinds of shirts... only stick to black and sweat even if they are not feel­ing hot or sit­ting in the of­fice,” ex­plained Jun­queira.

“This makes them very un­com­fort­able and af­fects their daily life.”

Jun­queira said his clinic saw vir­tu­ally no in­ter­est when it launched the pro­ce­dure last year, but is cur­rently car­ry­ing out about four pro­ce­dures per month, or 50 per year.

The treat­ment costs Dhs12,500 and in­cludes two ses­sions for one and a half hours each. “The ma­chine works in neg­a­tive pres­sure, pulls the skin inside and then sends lasers that kill cells and glands re­spon­si­ble for sweat­ing,” ex­plained Jun­queira.

He said pa­tients can see re­sults of re­duced sweat­ing by 70 - 80 per cent af­ter the first ses­sion and 100 per cent af­ter the sec­ond. “Once the sweat glands are killed, they do not grow back.”

He warned pa­tients may “feel pain”, but painkillers can take care of that,” he added.

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