Sweaty days are gone
Clinic claims demand is growing for underarm laser treatment
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.