This summer has been one of the hottest on record, and on many days I'll be dripping with sweat after just a few minutes outside. A new procedure promises to stop excessive perspiration, by zapping your armpit sweat glands using a dose of microwave energy.
The miraDry procedure was approved by the FDA earlier this year, and claims to kill off 22-30,000 sweat glands in your armpits, reducing sweating by an average of 82 percent. A recent study showed that it is effective in about 90 percent of patients, and that the effects last for at least a year.
Two sessions are required to get the full treatment, and this runs about $3,000. I guess that's fine if your job requires you to look sweat free all the time, but it sounds like a lot to spend especially seeing as it won't be covered by most health insurance.
The miraDry people claim that the procedure is perfectly safe, but I always thought that sweating was an essential tool your body uses to cool itself. People pass out from heat exhaustion all the time, and this can only make that problem worse.
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