MiraDRY Pre + Post Care Instructions
4-6 days Before Your Procedure
- Shave both underarms; by the time you come in for your procedure, there will be a little bit of hair growth to identify the area to be treated.
- If you forget to shave, we will trim the area for you.
What to wear the day of the procedure
- Easily cleaned top with loose structure
- For women – tank top, sports bra, camisole
- For men – tank top or loose T shirt
- Your procedure will last 60-75 minutes
- You are welcome to bring a portable music player and earphones to listen to during the procedure
- After the procedure, be advised that you will have swelling and redness in the treated area for a few days
- We will likely recommend a mild pain medication and repeated icing for a few days to minimize the swelling and discomfort that some patients experience.
- You must keep the treated area clean (wash with water and gentle liquid soap) and wear loose-fitting tops for the next few days. Avoid shaving or applying antiperspirant/deodorant for 5 days.
- Avoid any rigorous activity for seven days post-procedure. If you normally exercise heavily, wait 10 days before resuming your exercise routine.
Recuperation + Healing
- Immediately ice the treated area. (Wrap the ice packs in a towel to prevent frostbite as your skin is still numb and you may not feel the full effects of the ice.) Continue to ice for the next few days to reduce swelling which may last for a few weeks.
- A non-prescription anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen will reduce the normal inflammation and discomfort that usually occurs for a few days after the procedure.
- Apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to prevent infection for 3 days after the procedure.
- Keep your underarms clean while they are healing from the procedure. Use gentle liquid soap to cleanse the underarms twice a day.
- Your underarms could be tender for up to two weeks, sometimes longer, as they heal from the procedure.
- Other minor effects can last several weeks such as: swelling in the arm or torso; altered sensation (numbness or tingling) in the skin of the treated area or the arm; redness or bruising in the underarm or adjacent area. Other minor effects that may last longer are bumps you can feel under the skin and darkening of the skin. These should gradually disappear over time. Partial hair loss may be long-term.
- Though less common, it is possible that some small blisters may develop in the treatment area.
Avoid the Following:
- Avoid shaving within the first 7 days. Should any swelling persist, avoid shaving until it subsides. Use a new razor when shaving is resumed.
- Avoid applying antiperspirant/deodorant within the first five days. Do not apply over any broken skin, such as nicks from shaving. Use a new antiperspirant/deodorant should you resume use.
- Wear a loose top for the next few days to prevent underarm irritation.
- Avoid vigorous activity for a minimum of 72 hours, ideally one week.
Call our Office if You:
- Develop blisters or open sore in the treatment area.
- Develop severe swelling, redness, or bruising that is not getting better after two weeks.
- Develop signs of infection (increasing swelling, pain, heat or surrounding redness) or if the treated area appears to be getting worse
- Are experiencing significant pain that is not relieved by the recommended pain medication listed above
- One month after treatment.