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miraDry: New Survey Reveals 88% of Hongkongers are Bothered by Underarm Sweating

Phwoar! Sweaty Armpits Hinder Love Life and Office Life

HONG KONG, Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A new survey conducted by Lightspeed Research on behalf of miraDry® reveals that excessive sweatiness and bad body odour could be significantly impacting the working and social lives of Hongkonger and are likely making the city’s long, hot, humid summers seem unbearable. Underarm sweat, in particular, was found to be a hindrance to romance and even business success by ruining an otherwise ideal image of potential lovers and co-workers. 

Infographics_Hong Kong people are generally bothered by underarm sweating and odour problems.

Infographics_Hong Kong people are generally bothered by underarm sweating and odour problems.


Eighty eight percent of the 300 respondents reported being unsettled by other people’s excessive underarm sweating during the past three weeks, with 77 percent of respondents being troubled by the smell of offending underarms during the same period.

When it comes to love, it is sweaty armpits and the unpleasant aromas that emanate from them that were found to blight romance.  Close to 97 percent of respondents said outbreaks of underarm sweat could make potential partners less appealing and were ranked among the four worst turn-offs on a first date. Women rated underarm odour as their biggest turn off which for men was topped only by bad breath. Dirty fingernails and underarm sweat outbreaks were ranked the third and fourth turn-offs respectively.

Excessively sweaty underarms and their accompanying odours are also turn-offs in the business environment. Over 90 percent of respondents agreed they would have a lesser image of someone’s professionalism if they had underarm sweat outbreaks or odour.

The survey found however that most Hongkongers are attuned to their potential sweating woes although their attempts to thwart them are clearly not always successful. Just over half of respondents reported using sweat-controlling products more than three times a week in summer, and the vast majority — 93 percent  consider the effects of potential excessive underarm sweating when choosing an outfit.

Among respondents, there was also a desire to find solutions for excessive underarm sweating. Their main concerns were that the solutions should be effective (68 percent of respondents), not unduly costly (54 percent), and long lasting (51 percent).

"There are different treatments to manage excessive underarm sweating," says Dr. Kingsley Chan. "Using antiperspirants, Botulinum toxin (BOTOX) injection, surgery are some of the common treatments.  Each of them has different degrees of efficacy and possible side effects. Recently there’s a new, microwave technology treatment, which is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to treat excessive underarm sweating with long lasting effect and patients can return to daily work right after the treatment."

Given these options, people who’ve been plagued by excessive sweating can now face the heat and stress of Hong Kong with confidence  benefitting their personal and working lives, and even enhancing the lives of all those closest to them.

About the survey "How underarm sweating and odour problems affect your social and working life"

The survey is conducted by Lightspeed Research in July 2014 in Hong Kong. Around 300 interviewees aged from 18 to 45 were interviewed through online questionnaire.

About miraDry®

The miraDry procedure  developed by Miramar Labs in California, US  is the first and only FDA cleared and CE-marked non-invasive device for treating excessive underarm sweat that that provides a lasting solution.  It can be performed in a physician office, where the hand piece from the miraDry System is placed on the underarm, delivering precisely controlled energy to the region where the sweat glands reside. The eliminated sweat glands don’t grow back, and there is minimal to no downtime following the procedure. In a recent clinical study, the average sweat reduction was 82 percent.* For further information, please visit

*The effectiveness varies for different people

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