Five Advantages of the miraDry® Treatment in Houston, Texas

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As we all know, like it or not, sweat is essential to good health. For example, when we exercise, get anxious, or hang out in summer weather, our normal way of regulating our body temperature (meaning, not overheating our self) is for our sweat glands to cool down our body by releasing saltwater droplets.  For some people, they are not bothered by this, but others find that this can negatively affect their lifestyle. Many individuals feel that underarm sweat and odor is not only a nuisance, but impedes their normal day to day schedule.  There are many patients we treat at our practice that have to wear a suit to work every day (regardless of the season) and unfortunately soak through all layers of their skin, not only feel embarrassed, but unprofessional as well.  Others also find the odor associated with this to prevent them from normal social activities, like passing up on happy hour because they’ve been in their clothes all day and are worried about smelling bad.  Other people are worried about the chemical found in everyday deodorants and antiperspirants and would like a more natural way to combat their underarm sweat and odor.

Another group of people that have a crippling issue are those with hyperhidrosis. Roughly 3% of the population, that’s over eight million people, have a condition known as hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Beginning as early as 13, these men and women will sweat to the extreme, under their arms, along their palms, and their feet. Whether its hot outside or chilly, the sweat will continue, even with an expensive deodorant on board. This unrelenting sweat can be extremely embarrassing, sometimes almost debilitating. People will stay covered with a suit coat or sweater so no one can see their underarm sweat marks, avoid shaking hands, and even stop dating so no one will notice the unappealing dampness.

If this sounds like you or someone you love, know that there is a solution at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics. MiraDry® is the first and only noninvasive treatment available to permanently reduce excessive sweating under the arms. Cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), miraDry has changed the lives of millions of people. Still need more reasons to give miraDry a try? Dr. Swapna Gopathi shares her top five advantages of miraDry:

  1. miraDry is noninvasive. Since miraDry does not require any incisions or sutures it can be quickly performed in a comfortable office treatment room. Once your underarms are numb after a local anesthetic application, the miraDry handpiece smoothly passed across the skin of the underarm.  The handpiece emits heat that travels a few millimeters under the skin’s surface, heating up and ultimately destroying the sweat glands. Once your provider has treated all of the targeted tissue, you will be free to leave the office.
  2. miraDry is fast. As a noninvasive technique, miraDry does not require a lengthy procedure and needs little to no downtime. Treatment generally takes about one hour to perform. For most people, one session is all that will be needed.  Depending on the extent of correction you are looking for and your starting point, a second treatment may be recommended. Recovery normally takes about 1-2 days and most activities can be resumed right away. Patients may experience some tenderness for the first day or two but an over-the-counter pain reliever (Ibuprofen) and ice topical application are all that is needed.
  3. miraDry is immediate. The results from miraDry can be experienced right away. You will immediately notice a significate reduction in sweat and wetness. Patients will see up to an 80% reduction in underarm sweat that will last for years to come.
  4. miraDry is safe. miraDry will vanquish frustrating sweat glands with its advanced thermolysis system, using intermittent pulses of warm heat. The system’s cooling technology then keeps healthy skin safe and unharmed. Only 2% of the body’s 4 million sweat glands reside under your arms. Therefore, you will maintain your body’s ability to naturally heat regulate (although the majority of your underarm sweat glands are gone, that does not mean your body will overheat). While mild discomfort, redness, and irritation can be seen for a few days, ibuprofen and an ice-pack are all that are needed for comfort. Scarring is not a risk associated with miraDry.
  5. miraDry increases confidence. One of miraDry’s biggest perks is the boost in self-confidence. No more chemical deodorants, no more stained shirts, no more looking for a jacket or sweater to mask wet armpits, no more body odor, and no more embarrassment. Another surprising perk of miraDry: your underarm hair follicles reside directly above your sweat glands.  The thermal energy that puts an end to these sweat glands will also damage the follicles, often meaning no more underarm hair growth.
Have the advantages of miraDry grabbed your attention? With our hot Houston-summer well on its way, now is a good time to think about scheduling a miraDry appointment at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics.

Call our office 281-242-1061 with your questions or to schedule a consultation appointment to find out if miraDry is right for you. We also offer virtual consultations so that we can discuss if this is the right procedure for you from the comfort of your home or work.

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Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both Board-Certified Physicians, use a patient-centered approach and spend as much time as needed to make each patient feel special and respected—not just another person walking through the door. As a team, a one-of-a-kind treatment plan is created to address concerns from head to toe with the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques, including: Breast Augmentation (Implants), Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, miraDry®, Botox®, Dermal Fillers, and Sculptra®. Working side-by-side, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi strive to create a long-lasting relationship with each patient, meeting any new aesthetic needs as they arise. Together, the staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics take each patient step-by-step through their cosmetic journey to achieve the desired aesthetic results.

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Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics sends well wished to all of those impacted by COVID-19. We understand that this has impacted our entire country in multiple ways, from falling sick to job changes and school cancellations. We understand your multiple concerns and anxieties, and we want to assure you that as a medical practice, we are here for you.

Our office is open and ready to serve you. We have restarted performing elective surgeries at an Ambulatory Surgery Center, and in office elective surgical procedures will resume after May 8th. In order to decrease viral spread and to minimize utilization of medical supplies during this time of need, we have implemented a strict screening protocol. As far as non-surgical procedures, we are slowly rolling out these procedures. We are currently offering Botox and other non-surgical in office procedures, such as miraDry and Morpheus8 radiofrequency microneedling. We tentatively will be restarting filler treatments on May 18th. All staff and all patients are required to wear masks at all times. We are also not allowing any additional guests at this time. We are taking extra time and extra steps to make sure all contact surfaces, such as door handles and counter tops, are cleaned around the clock with appropriate cleaning solutions. Your safety had always been, and will continue to be, of utmost importance.

Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both board certified physicians, will continue to offer both complimentary virtual consultations via a HIPAA compliant and secure platform and in person office consultations. We are happy to provide these two options so that you can choose the option that is most comfortable for you.

As responsible leaders in our community, we will always take the appropriate steps to ensure that every decision we make is focused on the health and safety of our patients and staff. We continue to monitor the CDC’s guidelines on infection control and are implementing their recommendations on an ongoing bases.

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