What is hyperhidrosis?
Sweating while exercising or nervous is totally normal, but excessive perspiration that discolors your clothes and causes an overwhelming odor is actually a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis. Southside Dermatology & Laser Cosmetic Center offers treatment for excessive underarm perspiration with BOTOX ® and the miraDry® system by Miramar Labs. Both therapies are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of excessive sweating. With treatment, many patients are able to freely enjoy an active lifestyle without having to worry about sweat marks, stickiness, deodorant streaks, or powerful smells. BOTOX and miraDry are quick, nonsurgical treatments that seasoned dermatologist Dr. Mary Pentel often performs to help Jacksonville, FL patients rid themselves of excessive underarm sweat.
Hyperhidrosis Treatment Reviews
"I have had Botox and MiraDry at this location. Every experience has been amazing! The staff is wonderful, friendly, and helpful. They walk you through the procedure before and follow up after. I have recommended Southside Dermatology & Laser Cosmetic Center to several friends."- J.N. / Yelp / Feb 26, 2020
"So Far, So Good! - I am a 30 year old female who is 5'4 and about 140lbs. I eat right, exercise, and live a healthy lifestyle. Every since I was about 15 (puberty time) I have noticed my armpits dripped sweat. Nothing that smelled, just liquid, like a dripping faucet. I only wear tank tops and when its cold i'll put a jacket over a tank top or get a sweater that makes me look like a flying squirrel when I put my arms out. Whether I'm hot or cold, I drip. My right arm has always been worse and anxiety definitely makes it worse. I have had Botox one time (and it worked for about 8 months) but haven't done it again because I can't get my insurance to cover it, and its expensive. About a month ago I started researching the surgery to get my sweat glands removed. I was sick of not being able to wear what I wanted, having to literally live my life around how my armpits would drip. I even have napkins in the car that I dab myself with before I go into any place. Its embarrassing and the thought of going back to school or work (now that my kids are getting older) was weighing on my mind because of my sweat. It sounds so silly, but anyone who suffers with this understands the way I feel. I looked up a few places and decided with the Spa and Laser center at Southside Dermatology in Jacksonville, FL, about a 3-hour drive from my house. They were clean and sooo helpful/easy to ask questions. They use tumescent numbing after 4 lidocaine shots (at injection sites of tumescent), after gridding my armpit. The pain was about a level 3 for the lidocaine shots, and I didn’t feel a thing for the entire procedure. My husband drove me home and I iced my pits for 20 on/20 off for the remainder of the day. They were swollen and bruised, but 0 pain. She even told me to take something to sleep, but I didn’t, and I slept the entire night just fine. The next day they were very swollen. Like, half a grapefruit under each armpit swollen. I was a tiny bit worried but I had no hot/red spots and still 0 pain. Everything looked good so I guess it was normal. I wouldn’t have wanted to work or anything, as I felt uncomfortable from the swelling, so I just hung out all day. Day 3 was considerably less swollen, I even cleaned my house (vacuuming, mopping, etc). Today is day 4. They’re a little swollen and still numb, but not bad. I went for a 3 mile run and I feel great. Ok, so now for results. I haven’t worn deodorant since the day before my procedure. I have 0 smell and I haven’t dripped one single drop. I was moist under both armpits after my run today, but it was normal sweating, not excessive. If these results continue I will just cry from being so happy. I could not have asked for better results so far. I know they say it takes 1-3 months for final results so I will have to update here. If my results stay the same (I had level 5), I will not be having another treatment and I thought for sure with the amount I sweat before that I would need at least 2 treatments. I have been wearing my husbands t-shirts since I came home (to hide swelling and bruises) and haven’t had ANY wetness at all. I had seriously read every single review on Miradry and goggled everything I possible could’ve and I can say it was worth every single penny so far! Long-term results is all I am anxious about, so we’ll see how things go as time passes."- A. / RealSelf / Apr 17, 2017
candidates for hyperhidrosis treatments
BOTOX and miraDry can help anyone who would like to control the perspiration and odor of their underarms. These treatments can be a great solution if you:
- Have persistent issues with excessive underarm perspiration
- Frequently have stains in the underarm area of your tops
- Wish to avoid the dangerous chemicals and toxins in deodorant
- Are embarrassed by your armpit odor
- Want to feel cleaner and fresher
treatment options for excessive sweating
At the start of your treatment, we'll mark and clean the region needing treatment and will then numb it with a topical anesthetic to make you more comfortable during your procedure. If you are receiving BOTOX, a topical anesthetic isn't necessary but can be requested. With BOTOX, we'll inject the product into the designated sites on the underarms. This process usually takes about 10 minutes.
With the miraDry system, we'll pass a handheld wand over your skin, using mild suction to pull the sweat glands nearer to the surface of the dermis. The miraWave heated technology works on the sweat and odor glands, whereas the applicator keeps the surface of your skin cool. Most treatments take about an hour to complete.
after your appointment
Following your therapy, you may experience temporary swelling, soreness, numbness, or tingling in your underarms for a couple of days, but you'll have an immediate decrease in underarm sweat. If you're treated with the miraDry system, the sweat glands will not come back once they're eliminated, which means that your results will be long term. To attain the best outcome possible, we highly recommend getting two treatments spaced approximately 2 – 3 months apart. With BOTOX, we generally recommend treatments every 3 – 4 months. Regardless of the therapy used, you can return to normal activities immediately following your treatment, but it's best to avoid strenuous activity, like exercise and weightlifting, for a few days.
stop excessive sweating
Stop worrying about underarm sweat and odor with a fast, simple solution at Southside Dermatology & Laser Cosmetic Center in Jacksonville, FL. Save your clothes from perspiration stains and deodorant streaks and save your skin from toxic substances found in the majority of antiperspirants. No matter how hard you exercise or how nervous you get, you'll still look calm, cool, and collected with miraDry or BOTOX. Contact our office today to find out more.