In order to provide her hyperhidrosis patients with a more permanent solution, Dr Welsh added the miraDry system in late 2012 and became The Bay Area Center for Excessive Sweating. A “miraDry Certified Partner,” our San Francisco based practice was the first in Northern California and one of the first 10 practices in the country to offer this treatment. Patients who have received the miraDry procedure have reported life changing results.
What is miraDry and What are Its Benefits?
miraDry is a non-invasive, lasting solution that can make embarrassing sweat a thing of the past. It delivers precisely controlled microwave energy, without surgical incision or cuts, to the region where the sweat glands reside, providing lasting results. The benefits of using miraDry include:
- Dramatic reduction in underarm sweat
- Lasting Results
- Minimal downtime
- Performed in physician’s office
miraDry uses microwave energy, which lies between radio-frequency and lasers in the electromagnetic spectrum. The miraDry system concentrates energy absorption along the dermal-fat interface (where virtually all of the sweat glands reside) while minimizing absorption in the dermis and deeper tissue. At the same time, a continuous hydro-ceramic cooling system protects the superficial dermis and keeps heat at the level of the sweat glands.
What Should I Expect During the Procedure?
Your axilla will be measured and a template will be laid down. A series of lidocaine injections will be administered to the underarm area to prepare for the treatment. Following the injections, one of our trained nurses will begin the miraDry procedure. There should be minimal discomfort during this time. The entire process takes about 2 hours. Following treatment you will be given ice to reduce swelling.
What Are the Side Effects?
- Minor to Significant Swelling
- Temporary nodules
- Soreness in the Treatment Area
- Temporary Numbness or Weakness in the Arm or Fingers
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Two treatments, spaced 3 months apart, are recommended.
Who Should NOT Treat With miraDry?
Those with a heart pacemaker, electronic implant, those who use supplemental oxygent, pregnant or nursing women and those who can not tolerate local anesthesia can not undergo miraDry.