miraDry for Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
The Laser & Skin Surgery Center of Northern California is located in Sacramento, California. Our physicians are considered top experts in their field when it comes to miraDry Hyperhidrosis Treatments in Sacramento county.
The miraDry system is the only medical device cleared by the FDA to dramatically reduce underarm sweating and provide lasting results. In extensive clinical studies, the miraDry procedure has been proven to safely and effectively treat the embarrassing symptoms of excessive sweating. And, miraDry is fast – subjects saw a reduction in sweat immediately after treatment. The miraDry system is the result of over 5 years of research and development, including a major long-term clinical study conducted by leading dermatologists across the United States. The miraDry procedure uses an innovative technology that has been clinically proven to dramatically and safely reduce excessive underarm sweat. Now there is a solution to sweat control that doesn’t use toxins or surgery.
What is miraDry?
miraDry is a new generation of technology for the permanent elimination of sweat and odor glands on those people bothered by their underarm sweat. miraDry is an outpatient procedure performed in our office. The hand piece from the miraDry system, when placed on the underarm, delivers precisely controlled microwave energy to the region where the sweat glands reside. The sweat glands are eliminated, resulting in a dramatic and lasting reduction in underarm sweating.
How does miraDry work?
miraDry uses microwave energy which is proven to be the ideal method for treating the sweat and odor glands in the underarm. It creates targeted heat in the area where glands reside and safely eliminates them. The advanced design of the miraDry system continuously cools your skin during treatment for added comfort and safety. miraDry is safe to use on everyone regardless of skin color.
What is the miraDry treatment like?
The procedure involves no surgical incisions or cuts. A local anesthetic is administered to the underarms with minimally invasive injections for comfort. The clinician customizes treatment for each underarm area with multiple placements of the miraDry hand piece. The treatment is complete in about one hour and you will see results in as little as one treatment. However, as with any medical treatment, your physician will determine the best protocol for your desired results.
Is the miraDry treatment painful?
Since local anesthesia is administered to the underarm prior to treatment, most patients experience little to no pain. Patients rated treatment pain on an average score of 2 on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 = no pain, 10 = worst pain).
Is there a risk of having my skin burnt by miraDry?
The microwave technology does not harm the surface of the skin due to a built-in cooling mechanism that cools the surface. Microwave technology bypasses the epidermis and delivers precisely controlled electromagnetic energy to the region where the sweat glands reside.
What happens after the miraDry treatment?
Immediately following the procedure, your physician will likely recommend a mild pain medication and icing for a few days to minimize the discomfort that some patients experience. You may return to work on the same day, and you can typically resume exercise within several days. Some localized soreness or swelling may occur, which typically clears within a few weeks.
Are there any side effects?
The miraDry treatment has a strong safety record. You may experience some localized soreness or swelling which typically clears within a few weeks. Some patients have short-term altered sensation in the skin of their underarms or upper arms which gradually disappears.
What results can I expect?
As with any medical procedure, results will vary by person. You should notice a reduction in sweat almost immediately after the first procedure. In a clinical study, virtually all the subjects treated with the miraDry procedure achieved some reduction in sweat. The majority of subjects saw a significant reduction in sweat.
How long does it last?
The miraDry procedure is the only non-surgical solution to sweat control that is lasting. In clinical studies, patients were followed up to 12 months with lasting results. Published scientific research demonstrates that sweat glands do not come back or regenerate once they have been eliminated.
Will my body still be able to safely cool itself after miraDry?
Your body contains over 4 million sweat glands with only about 2% located in the underarms. The elimination of this 2% will not affect the body’s ability to cool itself. In this regard, the effect of this procedure is not significantly different than anti-perspirants that suppress sweating when applied daily.
How is miraDry different from other treatment options?
miraDry is the only non-invasive treatment that eliminates the sweat glands, resulting in a lasting solution. Other treatments are temporary or involve surgery, which contains inherent risks.
How do I know if miraDry is right for me?
If embarrassing underarm sweat outbreaks, stained clothing or constant antiperspirant application are a part of your life, then you may be a good candidate for the miraDry treatment. Clinical studies performed by leading dermatologists have demonstrated dramatic and consistent results, even in patients with severe underarm sweating. Talk to your dermatologist to see if the miraDry procedure is right for you.