Hyperhidrosis & Excessive Sweating Treatment

We will help you permanently reduce your sweating so you can feel more confident in every social situation and forget about unwanted sweat and odour.

Rediscover your true look at DermMedica…

with one of our excessive sweating treatments…

The first date, the big presentation, hanging out with friends and family, in these situations you shouldn’t be stressing about wet armpits and what people are thinking. It normally starts in the teenage years and never really improves throughout someone’s life but there are solutions. Today we can temporarily or permanently reduce underarm sweating with a non invasive treatments that have no downtime and minimal risk. DermMedica is at the forefront of these technologies and can help you make the best decision for your specific needs.

KEY BENEFITS

Improved Self Confidence
Reduced Underarm Sweat
Increase desire to be in social situations
Feel better about yourself

AREAS TREATED

Underarms

TREATMENT OPTIONS

MIRADRY
Botox® for hyperhidrosis

Treatment Options

Botox® For Hyperhidrosis / Excessive Sweating

Botox can be very effective for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) in the right patient. Your doctor just needs to make sure the sweating is not due to another serious medical condition (ie., hyperthyroidism) first before planning treatment.

There is a surgical option for treating hyperhidrosis as well and involves undergoing a procedure that cuts the sympathetic nerves to the affected region of the body. This procedure can commonly result in increased sweating elsewhere on the body. Botox does not have any side effects unlike the surgical option where you are under a general anesthetic.

You should consult a physician to discuss your particular situation to see which procedure would be better suited for your condition.

MiraDry

miraDry® is a new generation of technology that is only available in physician’s offices for the permanent reduction of sweat and odor glands on those people bothered by their underarm sweat. It’s a quick, 1-hour in-office procedure providing immediate and lasting permanent results with minimal to no downtime.

miraDry uses microwave energy which is shown by research to be the ideal method to treat sweat and odor glands in the underarm. It creates targeted heat in the area where glands reside and safely eliminates them. The advanced design of the miraDry system continuously cools your skin during the procedure for added comfort and safety. miraDry is for everyone!

miraDry is safe to use on everyone regardless of skin color. With miraDry, everyone can embrace life to the fullest – without fear or embarrassment of underarm issues getting in the way. Now, you can stop worrying about yellow stains in the armpit area of your favorite white shirt or chalky deodorant marks on the sides of your top. In as little as one easy visit, miraDry can leave you feeling clean, confident and carefree forever!

We’re the only provider for miaDry in the BC Interior since 2017. We are a gold level provider, mean we perform a lot of treatments!

Procedure Time: 60-90 minutes
Recover Time: 2-4 days
Lasts: Permanent
Technique: Local anesthetic first, followed by the miraDry treatment
Pain Level: None with anesthetic
Results: Immediate reduction in sweating.
Anesthesia: Local

  • I have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Crippen for awhile now, he does botox injections for me every 3 months. I was very nervous at first, but the staff and Dr. Crippen made me feel at ease right away. He is a wonderful Doctor, very caring and does a fantastic job. I highly recommend Dr. Crippen. Staff is also excellent!!! Thank you.

    LK Jan 15, 2013
  • Dr. Crippen is an absolute maser with Botox. I’ve had little filler implants done around my face, my ears and lips so far, and each operation came out looking exactly the way I had hoped. Not too puffy, not too thin.

    John Savill Sep 4, 2014
  • This place does the best work of all the skincare clinics I’ve tried in the Vancouver area. I go back periodically for new botox and juvederm injections, and they always make it look brand new and just right every single time. This place has earned my business.

    Greg Monte Aug 26, 2014
  • I was deeply impressed with the work of this clinic. We visited for my teenage daughter after over-the-counter medications had failed her. The acne removal treatment recommended and performed by Doctor Crippen was incredibly effective. We’ve been back for a couple more treatments over the years, and they are all as effective. I wanted to note in particular that he and the staff had a wonderful manner while administering treatment. My daughter typically hates clinical environments but she always felt very comfortable here.

    Phoebe Provenzano Jun 29, 2014
  • This is the only place that I’ve gone for age spots since it opened. I loved how easily I could schedule at short notice, and the commitment the staff showed to making sure that I understood everything I wanted to know. I was treated very well here.

    Yolanda Tighman Sep. 05, 2014
  • I loved how little time it took to set up the chemical peel treatment and to get it. Your clinic made the day very convenient for me, especially since two other clinics had already told me that they couldn’t fit me in that. Your chemical peel was also one of the most effective that I’ve ever had. I’m extremely satisfied.

    SeasonDucharme Sep. 5, 2014
  • I had excellent results with a Coolsculpting operation at this clinic. Dr. Crippen took me through everything I wanted to know before we started, and I was still surprised at how easy it was. It took a little longer than I would have liked for the results to kick in, but I didn’t change anything and I lost weight.

    Ami Hamann Aug 26, 2014
  • My coolsculpting treatment was first performed at this clinic, at the Kelowna location, which might be their only one. I’ve never had coolsculpting performed anywhere else, so I can’t judge the quality compared to other clinics, but it was really effective. The procedure was completely painless and didn’t even feel uncomfortable. The easiest weight I have ever lost.

    Ron Woodhouse Jul 06, 2014
  • Dr Crippen performed the Juvederm treatment in a highly professional, caring and pleasant manner. I found the entire experience to be a comfortable one and despite having some initial reservations/nervousness, both he and his extremely competent staff, made me feel totally at ease and reassured. I cannot speak highly enough of the entire experience of being treated by Dr Crippen and his staff.

    DC Feb 9, 2012
  • I chose DermMedica hoping they would be able to help me with my lips. Dr. Crippen recommended a Juvederm filler, and I’m thrilled with both how easy it was and how great it looks. I was particularly pleased with the end result of the lip filler because I’ve had friends with that swollen look, and I did not want any part of that.

    Harold Elliott Sep. 2, 2014
MORE ABOUT HYPERHIDROSIS

Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis Treatment in Kelowna

Hyperhidrosis is a common condition that causes excessive sweating for no physiological reason. The body sweats in order to regular its core temperature to keep it at a constant 37ºC when your body is working harder than it normally does (if it’s hot outside or if you’re exercising) or when it’s under stress (when you are nervous, angry or afraid). Those affected by hyperhidrosis will experience excessive sweating even when they are not doing anything to trigger the sweating. There are two types of hyperhidrosis:

 

  • – Primary Hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating in the hands, feet and armpits
  • – Secondary Hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating as a result of other medical conditions such as thyroid disease, medications or menopause.

 

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Wetness of different parts of your body, like hands, feet, scalp, back, etc.
  • Sweating in cool temperatures
  • Sweating when at rest and in a relaxing environment
  • Changing clothes more than once a day because of excessive sweating

What Are the Causes?

Hyperhidrosis simply means you have overactive sweat glands. You have sweat glands throughout your body which means you can end up sweating in the most unlikely of places, like your head, your feet, your hands, your back, etc. There are medical conditions like thyroid or nervous system disorders, low blood sugar and menopause that show up as excessive sweating, this is called secondary hyperhidrosis. It’s important to speak with your doctor to ensure there is no underlying cause of your hyperhidrosis before you start treatment.

What Are the Treatments?

Lifestyle/ Non-Medical Treatments:

If you are experiencing excessive sweating under your armpits, the first thing to try is a stronger antiperspirant. There are several over-the-counter brands that you can try; these products should contain between 10% to 15% aluminum chloride hexahydrate which will plug the sweat ducts. If you’re not sure, speak with your pharmacist or your dermatologist about the products they recommend you try first.

Office Treatments for Excessive Sweating:

If over-the-counter topical remedies don’t work for you, speak with your dermatologist about trying Botox to resolve any excessive sweating issues you might have. Botox will in effect paralyze your nerves so that you don’t sweat as much. Except for a few injections in the area, it doesn’t hurt. However it is important to note that if you prevent sweating from one area (i.e. underarms), you still have to sweat which means it will come out of somewhere else. Learn more about our Botox procedures.

Surgical Treatments:

If Botox isn’t for you, your last option of defense is surgery. Some patients opt for surgery as a more permanent solution to hyperhidrosis. Surgery can be quite effective, however like with any other type of surgery, there are always risks that go along with this type of invasive procedure. Speak with your dermatologist first to get the full scope of options along with risks before making any decisions.

MORE ABOUT MIRADRY

More About Mira Dry

3 Reason to Choose DermMedica in Kelowna, BC as your miraDry provider

  1. We have been the First and Only miraDry provider in the BC Interior since 2016.
  2. DermMedica is Certified and a High Level Provider. (that means we do a lot of procedures)
  3. Dr. Crippen CCFP FCFP trains our staff and performs part of the procedure himself.

How would you like to stop having to use underarm antiperspirants or deodorants forever?  This is now a real possibility with miraDry ®, a revolutionary new device that permanently reduces underarm sweat and odour after 1-3 visits.  Imagine a full lifetime of freedom from the worries of visible sweat stains, ruining your favorite clothes with deodorants or antiperspirants, or having to suffer sweat breakout in personal or professional encounters.


miraDry® is the only FDA and Health-Canada approved non-surgical procedure to reduce underarm sweating and odour forever. Freedom from sweating without support from prescriptions is finally here.

 

 


miraDry Review: Is miraDry worth hit?  RealSelf.com ratings:


MiraDry is a New Approach to Underarm Sweat

miraDry® is a new generation of technology that is only available in physician’s offices for the permanent reduction of sweat and odor glands on those people bothered by their underarm sweat. It’s a quick, 1-hour in-office procedure providing immediate and lasting permanent results with minimal to no downtime.

miraDry uses microwave energy which is shown by research to be the ideal method to treat sweat and odor glands in the underarm. It creates targeted heat in the area where glands reside and safely eliminates them. The advanced design of the miraDry system continuously cools your skin during the procedure for added comfort and safety.  miraDry is for everyone!

miraDry is safe to use on everyone regardless of skin color. With miraDry, everyone can embrace life to the fullest – without fear or embarrassment of underarm issues getting in the way. Now, you can stop worrying about yellow stains in the armpit area of your favorite white shirt or chalky deodorant marks on the sides of your top. In as little as one easy visit, miraDry can leave you feeling clean, confident and carefree forever!

Health-Canada Approved • FDA cleared • Non-Surgical

Minimal to no downtime • Immediate & Permanent Results

What to Expect

Your procedure is complete in about one hour and you will see results in as little as one visit. However, as with any medical procedure, our miraDry experts will determine the best protocol for your desired results.  Some patients are very satisfied with just one session, while other patients will feel like they require more than this for a comfortable reduction in sweating.  Every patient is different in terms of their needs and their response, but the average patient will undergo 1-2, while others may require more sessions for a more permanent reduction in sweating.

How does the procedure feel?

Since local anesthesia is administered to the underarm prior to application, most patients are very comfortable throughout the procedure. Patients rated comfort on an average score of 2 on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 = very comfortable, 10 = not comfortable).

Recovery & Side Effects

Most patients experience minimal downtime and return to normal activity right after its completion, and typically resume exercise within a few days.

• Permanently Reduce Sweat & Odour!


Watch a Real miraDry Treatment Video at DermMedica


Patient testimonials from RealSelf.com

“Ain’t Sweating it Anymore!!”
I had some perspiration issues so I sought out the best solution that would alleviate all that and found this is the best at targeting the problem areas! The whole procedure took about a few hours and was pain free! After the procedure just some swelling but overall much less sweating than it used to be and it was totally worth it!! miraDry Patient – Los Gatos, CA

“Excellent Results”
I’ve had sweating pits for decades and I’ve tried all types of topical and Botox but did not get the results I wanted. Just after one application of miraDry, didn’t have any armpit sweats after one week. I still have some swelling but most of it had subsided significantly. I didn’t have to take any pain medication. The procedure was comfortable and didn’t have any pain. I highly recommend miraDry. miraDry Patient – Orange County, MD

“My miraDry Experience”
The procedure is extremely effective. The perspiration has completely stopped. I had soreness and pain for about 2 days. My goal was to stop the underarms from sweating and shirts from staining. I no longer have embarrassing wet spots on my shirts. I would do it all over again and I am very happy. miraDry Patient – Phoenix, AZ

Who needs to buy deodorant….I Don’t
“The prepping for the procedure (lidocaine injections) takes longer than the actual procedure. The injections prior to treatment were virtually painless. The treatment is over before you know it and you don’t feel a thing. The swelling and mild bruising after the treatment are more of a nuisance than discomfort. This treatment is definitely worth never having to purchase deodorant, worrying about deodorant marks on my clothes, or sweating and smelling after my regular workouts.” miraDry Patient

“I Am a New Person!”
“I just got miraDry done yesterday and my armpits still hurt from the procedure, yeah, but I just can’t stop going in front of mirror, lifting my arms and see ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! NO SWEAT STAINS. My 15 years of hiding under knit black sweaters and being embarrassed are done. I am absolutely thrilled and can’t wait to wear a nice NOT black little dress!” miraDry Patient Las Vegas, NV


Excellent, how do I book now?

Give us a call at 250-868-3070 or contact us on our form here.  The future is exciting with miraDry technology, sweating and odour can now be a thing of the past! See our FAQs below to learn more…

Frequently Asked Questions

Are There Any Side Effects?

The miraDry procedure has a strong safety record backed by extensive research. You may experience some localized soreness or swelling which typically clears within a few weeks. Some patients have short-term altered sensation in the skin of their underarms or upper arms, which gradually disappears.

Do I Need Underarm Sweat Glands?

After miraDry, your underarm sweat and odor glands will be reduced. While your body does need the support of sweat glands to cool itself, your body contains 2-4 million sweat glands – only about 2% are found in your underarms. Eliminating this 2% of sweat glands, does not affect your body’s ability to cool itself. With over 30,000 patients worldwide, you can feel confident and safe with your dry underarms.

What Other Benefits Are There to miraDry?

Studies have shown a ~70% reduction in hair in the armpit area after the procedure is complete.  This is a nice benefit as the hair follicles and sweat glands reside close to each other and are therefore also affected by miraDry.  We support patients with the option of a few rounds of laser hair removal afterwards (at reduced cost) if they also want to see more hair reduction than what they can get with miraDry alone.

Are There Any Other Options Besides miraDry?

Botox for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) is another option for those who suffer from excessive underarm sweating. Since the cost of one Botox session is almost the same as one miraDry® session, it makes more sense to consider the permanent miraDry® option. Surgery is also another option for underarm sweat reduction but the risks are significantly higher as with all major surgical procedures requiring general anesthesia in the hospital setting. We perform miraDry® in our office under local anesthetic and no sedation whatsoever. You can return to your normal activities immediately with minimal to no downtime.

Can miraDry Develop Compensatory Sweating or Increasing Sweating in Others Parts of the Body?

This has not been an issue with miraDry so far however it is commonplace following surgery which is a completely different procedure from miraDry.

Does miraDry Work on Stress Sweating?

Absolutely, miraDry will work to reduce sweating from all causes as it reduces the number of active sweat glands in the treated area.

No Deodorants and Antiperspirant Works for Me Now. Can miraDry Really Eliminate the Odor or Will It Just Lessen the Odor?

Think of miraDry along the same lines as hair removal but for sweat glands. One application with the miraDry device will reduce the number of sweat glands similar to laser hair removal reducing the number of hair follicles that can grow. So yes, miraDry will reduce the odour with every procedure and it is permanent.

Does Having miraDry Make Sweat Increase in Other Areas of Your Body?

No, this does not occur with miraDry.

How Long Does miraDry Last to Prevent Under Arm Sweating?

miraDry is a permanent procedure to reduce underarm sweating.

I’ve Heard Sweating Can Return After miraDry During Pregnancy, Is This True?

As the sweat glands are permanently eliminated after the procedure, they will not return after pregnancy. Your remaining sweat glands may increase their function temporarily, however this should not last very long.

Don’t We Need Our Armpit Sweat to Rid Our Body of Toxins?

This is a myth with no scientific research to back it up. Toxins in our bodies are eliminated very efficiently by our liver, kidney and other organs.

Is Sweating After 2 miraDry Procedures Normal?

Some patients have an excessive amount of sweating before the procedure so it may take a number of visits to achieve lasting results.

When Does Excessive Sweating Require Treatment?

Our treatment is non-invasive, so we recommend it to anyone who is experiencing sweating that is interfering with their daily lives. If sweating of the hands becomes a problem for you, this treatment can resolve it quite quickly with minimal side effects.

What Are the Short and Long-Term Side Effects?

There are no long-term side effects to our treatment, though sweat may be distributed more throughout the body once it is no longer being produced through the palms as much. There is a short-term recovery period after treatment where your hands may feel weaker than normal, but this fades away in just a few days. Our treatment is quite safe.

Is Anyone with Hyperhidrosis a Good Candidate for Your Treatments?

Unfortunately, no. There are some people who are not good candidates for our treatment because of certain risk factors. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should not be given this treatment, and neither should those with certain muscle diseases. You can find more information by calling us about our treatments, or by scheduling a consultation to find out if you’re a good candidate.

Will Insurance Cover Botox for Hyperhidrosis?

Most insurance companies will cover at least part of the cost of Botox but the fee for the physician is not covered. You will need to check with your own insurance company to see if your particular plan covers Botox treatments for axillary hyperhidrosis.

Botox for Sweating – How Long Do the Effects Last?

Most patients will find that the anti-sweat effect of Botox lasts for 9-12 months in the armpits.

How Painful Are Botox Injections for Underarm Hyperhidrosis?

We usually ice the area before injections are performed but you will feel some small pricks of the needle during the treatment itself. The treatment takes just a few minutes so it’s over fairly quickly.

Botox or Dysport Units for Hyperhidrosis Treatment?

The amount of Botox per patient varies but an average dose is about 100 units per armpit.

Will Having Sweat Gland Removal of the Armpits Stop Bad Odor?

If you have your sweat glands surgically removed, then yes theoretically this should be the case. However, surgery is no longer a good solution, it’s high risk and carries the side effect of significant scarring. Botox or miraDry is a much better option for hyperhidrosis.

Can Botox Treat Hyperhidrosis?

Absolutely, so can miraDry which is a permanent solution.

How Many Units of Botox Are Needed to Prevent Sweaty Palms?

The amount of Botox for this varies but usually 50 to 100 units per had works well. In the hand, botox wears off much quicker though, most patients find it only lasts 2-3 months.

What Causes Excessive Sweating?

This is a neurological condition where the nervous system is instructing the sweat glands to overproduce sweat. They are just doing their job!

What Are the Side Effects of Zero Sweat?

No sweating in the armpits or hands will have no effect elsewhere, you can still sweat normally with every other part of your body.

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