New procedure could cut down excess sweating
Updated: Friday, June 29 2012, 07:59 PM EDT
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Given the heat striking West Michigan, the timing for this story couldn't be better.
Everybody is born with 2 to 4 million sweat glands, but some people sweat more than others--which can lead to embarrassing problems.
A new treatment might be able to help.
The FDA is now in the process of deciding whether to approve a treatment called Mira-Dry.
First, a nurse numbs the armpits with 20-30 shots of anesthetic, and then a doctor runs over the under arm area with a device that sucks up sections of the skin and shoots them with microwaves.
A company study showed that patients who used Mira-Dry experienced an 82% reduction in sweat over 18 months.
The procedure can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000 and insurance does not cover it.