Here’s a somewhat disturbing question for you: Would you be willing to seal up the sweat glands in your underarms in exchange for never being able to grow hair there ever again? Our knee-jerk response: No. But that hasn’t stopped us from marveling at the thought that this is something that’s actually possible in the world. And that it’s an FDA-approved outpatient procedure. So we tossed it out there, and found that some guys we know have serious sweating problems. Not only does it betray them while making professional presentations, drinking, bullshitting, and/or stressing, but it happens without cause and without excessive heat. It’s an unpredictable time-bomb that makes women run for the hills, smells awful, and looks unkempt. And for these guys (who more than likely are suffering from a medical condition called hyperhidrosis) the trade-off may actually be acceptable.
The new procedure is called miraDry, and it works by blasting underarm glands shut with some electromagnetic energy — all in two relatively painless, 60-minute procedures spaced about three months apart. Kinda scary, but currently, guys looking to curb their overactive sweat glands have been wearing underarm pads (scary, in a different way), caking on too much antiperspirant (the number-one cause of yellow stains on shirts), shooting Botox up there to get the same effect (hey, it’s your body), or just sweating it out (gross). The miraDry people and the FDA claim the side effects are slim-to-nil: For all the issues caused by underarm perspiration, only 2% of your sweat glands are actually located there. You won’t start sweating more from your palms or forehead (areas the procedure has not been approved for use), but you’ll be sore for a few days and, like we said, you’ll lose just about all of your underarm hair. Forever. And ever. Worth it? If you’re sweating about just thinking of the procedure, and happen to be standing in the middle of the tundra? Well, maybe, yeah.
Writer: Matthew Bell
Category: Skin Care