Get Rid of Armpit Sweat Forever
Armpit sweat. Yuck. I suppose it’s no small coincidence that my last name is Sweat. For as long as I can remember, any sort of exercise usually ends up in me being drenched. It never really bothered me until later in my professional career when I realized that I was 50 shades of embarrassed to wear gray. Honestly, every time I put on a light gray shirt, or really any light to medium-colored shirt, I would end up with giant wet spots in my armpits. How embarrassing!
I Only Would Wear Black
Ultimately, I settled on wearing only black scrubs to work. Let’s not talk about how many “curves” you can hide in black or how slimming black may seem. Ladies, I’m sure you know what I mean. But, my primary goal in wearing black scrubs was to hide the large pit stains I would develop under my arms. It didn’t matter if it was negative 20 outside, as long as the ambient temperature was normal inside, my armpits were sweating. You can only imagine how I would have to shroud myself in dark colors to go on a date. Speaking of dates, have you tried any of the new hot restaurants in midtown since the new Golden 1 Arena has been completed? I love working out at 24 Hour Fitness in downtown Sacramento next to the Arena and one of my favorite new Bay Area-based restaurants, “Sauced”, definitely deserves a visit.
White Shirts Have Been a Constant Menace
And speaking of working out, you can only imagine how difficult it is to use wireless Bose earbuds that malfunction every time they get wet with profuse sweating. While Apple may be flirting with a phone that can be submerged without dying, I might suggest that workout accessories go under the same scrutiny. But I digress. Beyond the embarrassing part of armpit sweating, there’s also the fact that I have ruined more white dress shirts than I care to count with stains from either sweat, deodorant, or both. To my female friends, I’m sure you have that favorite topless black dress that has been sullied with deodorant stains, so you’ll know what I’m talking about. Guys, I know you know what I’m talking about, especially if you’re afraid to ever take off your jacket because you’re afraid of what’s lurking beneath, just under your arms (can I add the Jaws musical theme to a blog?).
Have You Seen The Chemicals in Deodorant?
But let’s talk about health. Lately I’ve tried to eat healthier, watch my diet and generally avoid highly processed food, sodas and diet drinks. Then one day it occurred to me: I have been putting chemicals on my armpits for years (I hate to age myself, but let’s face it, high school was more than 20 years ago…yup cue puberty and the start of my tawdry pas de duex with antiperspirant). The other day I actually looked at the ingredient label on the back of my gel stick and despite an advanced degree in medicine, I had no idea what half of the chemicals would do nor could I even pronounce them. Wait, so I insist on eating organic vegetables and free range beef raised without antibiotics but I’m willing to put Dow Corning’s worst nightmare under my arms every morning for the rest of my life? Besides, these deodorant sticks are not cheap.
If You Can Smell Yourself, Others Have Been Able to for a While
Enter miraDry® Sacramento. Is it possible to be in love with a machine? OK, I might be stretching it a little, but when I stumbled across this wonderful invention at one of my plastic surgery meetings, I felt like the clouds parted and the sun shown directly down onto the device. The room cleared. Everything went silent. Yeah, I’m exaggerating, but I will say I was thrilled to learn of a technology that, usually with only one treatment, can permanently (yes, I said permanently) eradicate the sweat glands that produce sweat and odor in the armpits. Sign me up. As an added benefit, for those wanting to decrease or eliminate armpit hair, a natural side effect is a reduction in the hair follicles in the armpit also.
So I arranged to meet with the representatives from miraDry® Sacramento for a demo treatment. It was relatively quick and painless, with only some mild swelling, bruising and soreness for a few days after. There were some lumps and knots in my armpits for a while and some temporary sensory changes, but the lack of sweat! It was immediate. The next day I operated and despite wearing my normal operative gown which usually leaves me soaked head to toe, my armpits were dry as a bone! The procedure was done after my armpits were anesthetized with local numbing medication and the treatment went by before I knew it. But hold on, don’t I need those sweat glands? Obviously, I queried about this before performing the treatment. As it turns out, only about 2% of a human’s sweat glands are located in the armpit, so while you’ll never miss the sweating and odor, your body won’t miss the glands either. Also known as hyperhidrosis, excess sweating also occurs in other areas of the body such as the hands and feet and yes, you guessed it, those areas are in the works.
I’ve Never Been Happier To Be Dry
It’s not often that a new device comes along that really changes the game, especially for us men. But after having a second treatment, I no longer ever wear deodorant and leave the house with one less thing to worry about in my morning prep routine. Best of all, for the average person, only one treatment is necessary. There’s no downtime required besides perhaps a day or two breaks from the gym (for once I had a legitimate excuse, but I still was able to work out the next day). Bye-bye sweat sticks and hello freedom. Thanks, miraDry® Sacramento. I’m so glad you came into my life. My new neighbor, not so much…