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Noninvasive technique stops excessive underarm sweating and odor.

Amy Bhuiyan always knew that her calling was in medicine.

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

Amy Bhuiyan

“I originally wanted to be a doctor, then I got my Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and realized nursing was the route for me,” Amy relates. “I prefer the hands-on aspect of nursing. Nurses deal with patients a lot more than doctors do.

“Once I decided on nursing, I backtracked and started taking nursing courses. I’m currently a student at Seminole State College, and I’m finishing my nursing prerequisite classes. I plan on applying to all the nursing schools in the Orlando area, including Seminole State, University of Central Florida and Valencia College.”

Orlando is home to Amy. It’s where she was born and raised and where she returned after moving southwest for four years to study public health at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

“I like Orlando. I’ve always liked it, and my family is there,” Amy says. “When I was in Tampa, I wasn’t terribly fond of it, so I went right back to Orlando. That’s where I’m doing my nursing prerequisite work, and I plan on staying there for nursing school.”

At 25, Amy has spent most of her life as a student. And for many of her school years, she battled a condition that caused excessive sweating and body odor, most notably in her underarms. That condition often led to uncomfortable situations, which Amy strived desperately to avoid.

“I tried to hide the problem as best I could,” Amy verifies. “I always kept a change of clothes in my car in case I got sweat stains on my shirt. I carried deodorant and disposable wipes in my purse and backpack for touch-ups during the day. I often wore tank tops because they’re more airy, and I didn’t worry as much about them getting stained. Having this condition was a big insecurity for me.

“Over the years, I tried many deodorants, even prescription varieties, and they didn’t help. I started doing research on treatments for excessive sweating, and things like BOTOX® and miraDry® came up. I didn’t want to get shots every few months, so that eliminated BOTOX. I thought miraDry was the best fit.”

miraDry is a noninvasive, in-office treatment that uses electromagnetic energy to permanently close sweat and odor glands in the underarms. This stops excessive sweating and body odor.

Amy searched for a provider in her area who offers miraDry and discovered Blue Ocean Dermatology in Port Orange. There, she met with Jason L. Welch, MSN, NP-C, a certified nurse practitioner specializing in dermatology.

Abnormal Response

Sweating is a normal response to heat or anxiety. It’s the body’s process for cooling off and regulating temperature. Some people, however, sweat excessively and produce strong body odor, particularly from the underarms.

“This condition is called hyperhidrosis,” Jason informs. “Roughly ten million people in the US are affected and embarrassed by it, but the cause is unknown.

There are two types of glands in the underarms that produce sweat and odor, and are responsible for hyperhidrosis symptoms. We don’t know why these glands go into overdrive.

It just happens.

“It’s important for people to know that hyperhidrosis is a medical condition and has nothing to do with a person’s hygiene. People can’t cure hyperhidrosis by taking more showers. But there is an effective treatment.”

That treatment is miraDry. Cleared for use by the FDA in 2015, it also eliminates underarm hair of all colors. The device is shown to be 90 percent effective in one treatment.

“miraDry delivers precisely controlled electromagnetic energy to the underarm skin in specific areas where the sweat and odor glands are located,” Jason explains. “This results in gland thermolysis, or decompensation by heat, which closes the glands.

“The effects of miraDry are seen right away. The sweat and odor glands don’t grow back after treatment, so the results are permanent. Eliminating the underarm sweat glands doesn’t affect the body’s ability to regulate its temperature, because the underarms house less than two percent of the body’s sweat glands.”

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

Amy celebrates
the effectiveness of 
miraDry therapy.

The miraDry procedure takes about an hour to perform. Local anesthesia is injected into the underarm area so patients feel little to no discomfort during the treatment. There’s minimal to no downtime afterward. Patients can return to work and regular activities right after the procedure.

Beach Weather

Jason performed Amy’s miraDry procedure in the office at Blue Ocean Dermatology in May. She was extremely pleased with the treatment’s effectiveness and surprised by how quickly she saw a difference in her hyperhidrosis symptoms.

“The miraDry results were immediate,” Amy enthuses. “I didn’t do much the first few days after the procedure. But about two weeks later, I went to the gym and did a forty-five-minute class. I was sweating on my back and elsewhere, but my underarms were completely dry. I was amazed.”

Amy’s amazement grew as her underarms stayed dry even in the hottest situations, while the rest of her body was sweating naturally.

“I have to leave my car outside in the heat, and before miraDry, my underarms were sweating after ten or fifteen minutes of driving,” Amy reports. “Now, I don’t have that problem at all. And over Memorial Day weekend, it was ninety degrees outside, and we went to the beach. There was no underarm sweating then either.

“I definitely recommend miraDry. It was a life-changing experience for me. And I recommend having it done by Jason at Blue Ocean Dermatology. It’s completely worth it!”

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