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Brella SweatControl Patch for Sweat Reduction

Brella SweatControl Patch for Sweat Reduction

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Many of us silently struggle with excessive underarm sweating, unsure of when this annoyance becomes a medical concern. Whether or not you have received a medical diagnosis of hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, you may benefit from the Brella® 3-Minute SweatControl Patch. 

Brella is a quick, painless medical treatment that reduces excessive underarm sweating for 3-4 months, helping many patients to confidently wear any color or style of clothing without worrying about underarm sweat stains.

What is excessive underarm sweating, or axillary hyperhidrosis?

Excessive underarm sweating, or axillary hyperhidrosis, is a condition that causes abnormally high levels of perspiration. Patients with this condition sweat significantly more than is necessary for the body to regulate its temperature, and their underarms may sweat profusely without the typical triggers such as heat or physical activity. Hyperhidrosis can cause social anxiety and affect the quality of life, and it is often challenging to manage with over-the-counter antiperspirants and deodorants.

How do I know if I have excessive underarm sweating?

The following signs may indicate excessive sweating:

  • Sweating without triggers: Unlike typical sweating induced by heat or exercise, excessive sweating may occur spontaneously or without any apparent reason.
  • Frequency and volume: You notice sweat under your arms regularly, and in amounts that are more than needed to cool the body.
  • Impact on daily activities: The amount of sweat is significant enough to interfere with your everyday life, causing embarrassment or discomfort and affecting social, professional, or daily activities.
  • Staining clothes: Frequent underarm wetness may lead to noticeable sweat marks or stains on your clothing.
  • Skincare issues: Persistent moist conditions in the underarm area may cause skin irritation or infections.

If these symptoms align with your experience, our Fort Worth medical spa team would be happy to meet with you to discuss if Brella may be right for you.

How Brella works

Brella is a patch that contains sodium, which generates heat when it meets water. When the Brella patch is applied to the underarm during active sweating, the water in your sweat mixes with the sodium to generate a painless “microthermal injury” to the sweat glands, temporarily deactivating those sweat glands.

Benefits of Brella over other sweat reduction treatments

Brella offers numerous benefits for those suffering from excessive underarm sweating:

  • Non-invasive: Brella is a convenient and comfortable treatment without surgery or needles.
  • Quick: The 3-minute patch application easily fits into busy schedules.
  • Safe for all skin types and tones: Brella is considered safe and effective for all skin types and tones.
  • Long-lasting: A single Brella treatment lasts 3-4 months or longer.

Reducing excessive sweating can improve your quality of life

By controlling excessive sweating, Brella has also been shown to significantly improve the common “Sweat Stressors” that influence quality of life by helping patients with the following:

  • Interacting more
  • Less likely to be kept from doing an activity
  • Taking fewer showers
  • Changing shirts less frequently in a day
  • Feeling more confident
  • Significantly reducing frustration
  • Significantly reducing embarrassment

Side effects and downtime

Brella patients can resume their day-to-day activities immediately following the procedure, as no downtime is needed. Some minor side effects are possible, including redness, tenderness, or irritation in your underarms, which should resolve quickly after treatment. In clinical trials, some patients reported sensitivity or tenderness that lasted as long as 48 hours.

Results

Patients choosing Brella can expect to see a reduction in sweat production several days post-treatment. While results can vary slightly, clinical trials have shown that a significant number of patients reported a decrease in underarm sweating (as much as a 50% decrease) that contributed positively to their lifestyle.

The Brella 3-Minute SweatControl Patch is FDA-cleared and won the prestigious Allure Best of Beauty Breakthrough Award in 2023.

Brella is the first FDA-cleared sweat control patch to reduce primary axillary hyperhidrosis

Unproven remedies for excessive underarm sweating are widely available, and there is a virtually unlimited supply of new antiperspirants to try; however, the Brella SweatControl Patch is the first FDA-cleared solution of its kind. Brella patients can rest assured that they are making a trusted investment that has been carefully vetted and has been widely adopted by many patients. Brella also received the Allure 2023 Best of Beauty Breakthrough Award.

This video explains how Brella works.

What can you expect during a Brella SweatControl Patch treatment?

Your appointment for Brella will take about 15-30 minutes. After discussing your concerns and confirming that you are a good candidate for treatment, our medical providers apply the SweatControl Patch for 3 minutes per underarm. The Brella SweatControl Patch is an in-office procedure, meaning we apply each treatment at our Fort Worth medical spa. 

Is Brella right for me?

You may be a good candidate for Brella if you are an adult who struggles with excessive underarm sweating. If your sweat production from your underarms impacts your daily activities, Brella may be an excellent solution to keeping you cool and confident. We will discuss your concerns and medical history to confirm you are an ideal candidate before we perform the Brella treatment in our office.

FDA-cleared, trusted procedure

Quick, 3-minute treatment time

A single session offers up to 3-4 months of reduced sweating

Brella: A treatment designed to reduce underarm sweating, specifically targeting axillary (underarm) hyperhidrosis.

Hyperhidrosis: A medical condition characterized by excessive sweating, which can be treated with Brella for sweat reduction.

Underarm Sweating: The condition of excessive perspiration in the underarms.

Brella 3-Minute SweatControl Patch: The full name of the Brella device used to control underarm sweating.

Axillary Hyperhidrosis: A medical term for excessive underarm sweating.

Sweat Glands: Structures in the skin responsible for sweat production, targeted by treatments like the Brella patch.

International Hyperhidrosis Society: An organization dedicated to the study and treatment of hyperhidrosis.

3-Minute SweatControl Patch: A description of Brella, highlighting its quick application time.

Adverse Events: Potential negative side effects of a treatment, which are monitored during clinical studies.

Excessive Underarm Sweating: A condition characterized by overactive sweat glands in the underarms.

Sodium Sheet: A component of the Brella SweatControl Patch that helps reduce sweat production through alkali thermolysis.

In-Office Treatment: A procedure performed in a medical office, rather than at home or in a surgical center.

FDA Clearance: The approval given by the Food and Drug Administration for medical devices.

Alkali Thermolysis: The scientific principle used in the Brella Sweat Control Patch to reduce sweat production.

TAT Patch: Another term for a medical patch like Brella used to treat hyperhidrosis.

Axillary Sweating: Sweating that occurs in the underarms.

Overactive Sweat Glands: Glands that produce excessive sweat in areas like the hands and underarms.

Candesant Biomedical: The medical device company that developed the Brella SweatControl Patch.

Dermatologist: A medical specialist in skin conditions who may recommend sweat reduction treatments for hyperhidrosis.

Plastic surgeon: A physician with special training in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, who may offer elective treatments such as sweat reduction.

MiraDry: A treatment for hyperhidrosis, similar in purpose to the Brella SweatControl Patch requiring injections and microwave energy.

Antiperspirant: A product used to reduce sweating, often used by individuals with hyperhidrosis before trying medical treatments.

Palmar Hyperhidrosis: Excessive sweating of the palms.

Placebo: A substance with no therapeutic effect used in clinical trials, against which treatments are compared for efficacy.

Medical Equipment: Tools and devices used in medical treatments.

Botox®: Neuromoduators used to treat wrinkles as well as to treat hyperhidrosis, which may be used in the hands or an alternative to Brella for certain patients.

Clinical Studies: Research conducted to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of medical treatments.

Double-Blind: A type of clinical trial where neither the participants nor the researchers know who is receiving the treatment or placebo.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Brella feel like?

When we apply the Brella patch, you will feel some mild heat. Most patients also report some pinprick or stinging sensations, but the treatment is quick and discomfort is minimal.

How quickly does Brella work?

A majority of Brella patients experience results within just a few days.

How long does Brella last? Is it permanent?

Brella reliably lasts 3-4 months for most patients, and even longer for some. It is not permanent.

How much does the Brella SweatControl Patch cost?

A single Brella treatment session costs $425 and provides results that last for 3-4 months. Patients may purchase a package of 3 treatment sessions (to be spaced 3-4 months apart) for a total of $1125 ($375 each).

How do I prepare for my Brella appointment?

To prepare for your Brella appointment, be sure that you do not have any cuts, scrapes, or other abrasions in your underarms. About 48 hours before treatment, you should shave or clip your underarm hair; avoid shaving your underarms any closer to treatment.

On the day of your Brella appointment, you may choose to wear a sleeveless top or dress that allows easy access to your underarms; we encourage patients to wear whatever will help them feel comfortable during treatment. Avoid applying deodorant and antiperspirants.

References »

Glaser DA, Green L, Kaminer M, Smith S, Pariser D. Outcomes from the SAHARA Clinical Study on the TAT Patch for Excessive Axillary Sweating or Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis (abstract). Late-breaking oral presentation at: American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting; March 17-21 (presented March 18, 10:10 am CT), 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jacob C, Green L. Quality of Life Improvement shown during SAHARA Clinical Study on the TAT Patch for Excessive Axillary Sweating or Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis. Presentation abstract for Cosmetic Boot Camp (CBC) conference, June 22-25, 2023, Aspen, Colorado.

Doolittle J, Walker P, Mills T, Thurston J. Hyperhidrosis: an update on prevalence and severity in the United States. Arch Dermatol Res. 2016 Dec;308(10):743-749. doi: 10.1007/s00403-016-1697-9. 

McConaghy JR, Fosselman D. Hyperhidrosis: Management Options. Am Fam Physician. 2018 Jun 1;97(11):729-734. 

Nawrocki S, Cha J. The etiology, diagnosis, and management of hyperhidrosis: A comprehensive review: Therapeutic options. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2019 Sep;81(3):669-680. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2018.11.066. 

Why choose Kalos Medical Spa in Fort Worth?

Physician oversight is critical to your safety. Kalos Medical Spa is supervised by Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Emily Kirby, our on-site physician. Our team of aesthetic experts are dedicated to providing excellent care in a calm, positive environment. Call 817-292-4200 today to learn more and schedule your Brella consultation!

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