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If you are one of the countless people who struggle with excessive underarm sweat, miraDry could be the treatment that will bring you real-world relief. Excessive sweating is an embarrassing condition, produced by over-active sweat glands in the armpits.

miraDry is an advanced method in which the sweat and odor glands in the armpits are damaged with thermal energy so they can no longer function.

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How does miraDry work?

The process involves the application of microwave heat energy to the sweat and odor glands in the armpit, with a special cooling feature that protects the skin and tissue. It is an FDA-cleared device, and in most cases, requires only a single appointment to resolve excessive underarm sweat for the long term.

What is the treatment with miraDry like to experience?

The treatment is not difficult to experience. As you rest comfortably, the device is placed in the armpit, gently pulling a section of skin into the system handpiece, while delivering microwave heat to the sweat gland. The treatment requires little discomfort, and the device has a special cooling feature. The sensation is similar to a quick touch of a pinpoint of heat in the armpit for a second or two, followed by cooling. After treatment you are free to return to your usual activities. The treatment steps are as follows:

  • Temporary markings are placed on the skin of your underarms.
  • Local anesthesia is applied to the area to be treated.
  • The miraDry device is used to emit microwave energy to pre-determined areas.
  • You are free to resume your usual activities.

What are the results of miraDry?

This revolutionary treatment for hyperhidrosis produces immediate results, at about 82 percent reduction in sweat. Most people achieve all the results they imagined with a single treatment. Imagine not having to worry about excessive sweat and going about your life free from a problem that has plagued you for years – that’s the beauty of miraDry.

Am I a candidate for miraDry?

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you are likely a good candidate for miraDry:

  • You struggle with constant excessive underarm sweat.
  • You must apply antiperspirant several times a day.
  • You often have wet or stained clothing due to excessive underarm sweat.
  • You feel your life is negatively impacted by hyperhidrosis.

What is the recovery time after miraDry treatment?

There is no real recovery time, although some patients experience minor swelling and numbness in the area treated. The application of ice can help reduce swelling. Some may experience some redness or bruising. Most people simply return to their usual daily routine after treatment. Avoid applying deodorant or antiperspirant for 72 hours after treatment, and do not shave underarms until any sensitivity has subsided.

What are the benefits of miraDry?

The benefits of miraDry include:

  • Up to 82 percent reduction in underarm sweat.
  • No surgery, no scalpels, in incisions, no stitches.
  • Non-Surgical.
  • Little to no downtime.
  • Long-term results.
  • Excessive underarm sweat dramatically reduced.
  • Treatment completed in about one hour.
  • Reduces quantity of underarm hair.
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What causes excessive underarm sweat?

The body regulates temperature with sweat, but for some people, about two percent of the population, the underarm sweat glands are overactive, called hyperhidrosis. While this is not a life-threatening condition, it can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, and leave you feeling less confident in social situations.

Excessive underarm sweating typically starts when a person reaches adolescence or becomes a young adult. The nervous system signals the sweat glands to produce cooling sweat, but in some people, the glands function abnormally. The reasons behind the condition are not fully known, but the symptom is typically dripping sweat, even when there is no cause such as intense exercise or hot weather.

What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for overactive sweat glands in the hands, armpits, and soles of the feet, which affects an estimated two percent of the population. miraDry treatments are only used on the sweat glands in the armpit.

Don’t I need sweat glands?

Your body needs sweat glands and has many all over the body. Shutting down the underarm sweat glands with miraDry affects only about two percent of the body’s sweat glands and will not damage your body’s ability to stay cool.

Is miraDry safe?

Your underarm area will be numbed prior to treatment, and the miraDry system includes a cooling feature that is triggered once the microwaves have been directed to the target glands. The cooling feature can be turned on at any time if you feel discomfort.

Why choose Dr. Christopher Chang for miraDry?

Dr. Christopher Chang is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has gained acclaim for excellence in plastic surgery and non-surgical enhancements. He has selected miraDry for his patients as this treatment produces remarkable improvements in a short appointment. As with every procedure he performs, you can be completely confident that it will be done correctly, and that your health and safety will be managed with care.

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Should I try miraDry?

If you find yourself dripping with sweat at all the wrong times, we urge you to contact Dr. Chang to discuss undergoing miraDry treatment. You can finally be free of the constant need to apply deodorant, worries about excessive sweat or odor, and feel confident wearing sleeveless tops or other clothing without fear that your condition will be revealed. If you are one of the many, many people who live with this condition, why not do something that will solve your problem for the long term? No surgery, no extensive recovery time, and immediate results.

How much does miraDry cost?

Unfortunately, miraDry treatments are not yet covered by health insurance. Your treatment cost will vary, depending upon whether you need one or two treatments. Some people with an extreme case of hyperhidrosis may require two treatments. Dr. Chang can give you a customized quote in a private consultation at his private, luxury clinic in Washington, DC.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated April 2nd, 2020

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are closing the practice until April 24th.

Your health and well-being is our primary concern and we want to do our part to make sure that you are protected.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be suspended until at least April 24th.
  • The office will be minimally or remotely staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will have any financial recourse for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

  • Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an accredited medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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