To Shave or Microwave? That Is the Question

Rain Sisell; Image Credit: howtohairgirl.com

Image Credit: howtohairgirl.com

To shave or not to shave? Female armpits have become a  battleground for gender neutrality warriors and considering the hoards of radical-feminists proudly tweeting photos of themselves sporting psychedelic floccularity, you might guess they’re winning. [RELATED POST: Free Your Pits]

WRONG. Recent studies indicate 99 percent of American women still voluntarily remove hair from their legs and underarms and many of them take extreme measures to get the job done. Enter miraSmooth™.

To shave or microwave? That is the new, hip question.

MiraSmooth™ is an innovate aesthetic procedure that harnesses precisely controlled – get ready –  microwaves to permanently destroy hair follicles. Developed by Miramar Labs in 2011, the proprietary miraWave™ technology was initially introduced in miraDry®, a procedure used to treat axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating) by nuking odor-causing sweat glands under the arm. Literally. Watch.

This strikes me as barbaric, not to mention dangerous, but it’s FDA approved. So if the government says it’s oaky, it must be safe, right? Either way, folks who suffer from chronic axillary hyperhidrosis and seek treatment claim miraDry® is a life-changing miracle. They also report an unexpected side effect: 60-80 percent permanent reduction in hair growth. Fast forward four years and Miramar introduces  miraSmooth™. The new improved procedure utilizes the same patented miraWave™ technology, but incorporates an enhanced delivery method and deeper penetration. According to Miramar Labs, miraSmooth™ kills two birds with one stone – sweat glands and hair follicles – effectively eliminating both excessive sweating (and body odor) and permanently reduces hair growth in one fell swoop (cue choir of angels).

If maintaining armpit hygiene has never been a particularly distressing or onerous task for you, carry on. There’s nothing more for you here. If, however, you suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis or simply can’t spare the seventeen extra seconds it takes to shave your pits and apply antiperspirant each day, miraSmooth™ could be for you. To shave or microwave? Let’s weigh the pros and cons. 

PROS

  • It’s better than shaving. Shaving isn’t permanent. ‘Nough said.
  • It’s better than lasers. Laser hair removal uses color contrast and light to target hair follicles which renders it ineffective on some women. For example, it’s difficult for women with fair hair and fair skin or dark hair and dark skin to get results. MiraWave™ technology utilizes heat, making it universally effective.
  • It’s better than electrolysis. Electrolysis is a method of permanent hair removal in which a tiny probe is inserted into individual hair follicles to kill germ cells responsible for hair growth. While it is very effective, it is also painful, tedious and time consuming, often taking several months of repeated visits to achieve the final goal.  MiraSmooth™ typically requires no more than two treatments.
  • It’s better than Botox. Botox is derived from a group of a seriously lethal bacteria called Clostridium botulinum – you know, the stuff UN inspectors have been searching for in hidden stockpiles in Iraq for like a decade. Anyway, Botox injections work by paralyzing the nerves that stimulate sweat glands. Each treatment typically requires about 20 injections per armpit and lasts anywhere from three to six months. MiraSmooth™ won’t kill you. Botox might.

CONS

  • MiraWave™ Technology. In addition to tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, drugs and mercury-containing fish, standing-in-front-of-the-microwave is on the list of no-nos for pregnant women because MICROWAVES y’all.
  • Pain during. If something generates enough heat under your skin to kill hair follicles and sweat glands, it’s going to be pretty hot, which means it’s going to hurt. A lot. Plus they use anesthetic to numb the area, which is essentially admitting they know it’s going to hurt. A lot. I don’t know about yours, but my armpits are pretty sensitive as it is.
  • MiraWave™ Technology. See above.
  • Pain after. “There can also be significant pain and swelling after treatment which is variable in severity and also in duration ranging from one week to a few weeks, and from minor swelling to grapefruit-like massive swelling in the underarm,” Dr. Jessica Weiser of the New York Dermatology Group wrote in an email to TODAY.com. [RELATED ARTICLE: Women Are Microwaving Their Armpits to Get Rid of Sweat and Hair]
  • MiraWave™ Technology. See above.
  • Cost. It’s pricey. Cost ranges from $3000-$5000 and the procedure, even when medical necessary for treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis, is not currently covered by insurance.
  • MiraWave™ Technology. See above. MICROWAVES, y’all. If they weren’t dangerous, we wouldn’t tell pregnant women to stay away from them and we wouldn’t have signs like this.

caution microwave in use

If it seems like I’m kind of hung up on the risk involved in harnessing of microwaves, it’s because I am.

Seriously. With all the things we’re warned not to stick in the microwave – plastic, Chinesemicrowave-pets-300x158 takeout containers, eggs, aluminum foil, pets – I figure human body parts ought to be at the top of the list. Sure, I’ve been know to microwave a pouch of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice when I’m too lazy to hoist the steamer onto the counter, but nuke my pits? Not so much. I think I’ll stick to shaving, but hey…that’s just me.

To shave or microwave? What do you think? Vote and/or leave a comment.

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