Most people think that antiperspirants and deodorants are the same thing, but they aren’t. Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores with powerful astringents such as aluminum salts so that they can’t release sweat. (Note that aluminum can accumulate in the brain.) Deodorants work by neutralizing the smell of the sweat and by antiseptic action against bacteria. Deodorants are preferable because they don’t interfere with sweating, a natural cooling process. Deodorant allows the release of perspiration, but prevents odor by combating it with antiseptic agents, which kill odor-causing bacteria.
Many consumers do not realize how deodorant works, assuming it is simply a fragrance that covers up body odor. Some choose antiperspirant, because rather than cover the odor, they prefer to eliminate it. However, when deodorants and antiperspirants aren’t strong and effective enough to protect you from embarrassing sweating episodes, there are solutions beyond prescription deodorants.
Excessive sweating can affect your entire body or just your palms, soles, underarms or face. Excessive sweating is usually defined as sweating an amount out of proportion with the temperature of a room or your activity level. Besides disrupting normal daily activities, excessive sweating can cause social anxiety or embarrassment.
Countless people are victims of a condition called hyperhidrosis- excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis is uncontrollable and can cause patients to experience embarrassment in social and professional situations. Historically, prescription antiperspirants, Botox and surgery have been the only treatments available.
MiraDry is a product developed from the work of over 5 years of research at Miramar labs in California, is the latest treatment for hyperhidrosis. This technology uses precise microwave electromagnetic energy to destroy sweat glands while leaving surrounding tissues un-harmed, resulting in an effective, long lasting treatment with no down time. Just two, one hour long treatments will result in significantly reduced sweating with results that last longer than any non-invasive treatment available.