Kathryn Lindsay
May 18, 2016 9:18 am

Underarm sweat is one of life’s annoyances that we’ve pretty much come to accept as inevitable. But a New York-based dermatologist named Whitney Bowe thinks she might have found the solution. It’s called “microwaving,” and if you’re picturing someone sticking their arm and shoulder into a microwave, you’re not too far off.

The practice actually involves a device called MiraSmooth, which uses the same technology as a microwave to help prevent both underarm hair and sweat from creeping out at inopportune moments. We’ve heard about people getting Botox in their armpits to prevent excessive sweating (called hyperhidrosis) and this seems like the same idea.

“It uses microwave technology to deliver heat to the layer beneath the skin where the hair follicles and sweat glands live and it permanently kills those off,” Whitney explained to CBS New York. “It’s an incredibly efficient procedure.”

Not only efficient, but effective. It’s a revision of the original MiraDry, which patient Shawna Moscowitz swears by, telling CBS New York, “Sweat pretty much gone. No reason for me to wear deodorant, except that it’s habit. Don’t need it for odor or sweat. Side effect, no hair.”

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However, there are some caveats. If you take a closer look at the MiraSmooth website it claims that it’s the only “non-invasive option” for blondes or those with “light hair” (although the “About” page goes on to boast that it can treat hair of any color). Also, the cost of MiraSmooth can range anywhere between $1,200 and $2,000.

Microwaving our armpits certainly sounds like a miracle procedure for those of us who choose to shave  or are frustrated by our underarm sweat, but we’re not sure we’re ready to shell out thousands of dollars for it. We have more important things to microwave (like popcorn).