WHAT IS HYPERHIDROSIS?
Sweating is a common and natural part of life. However, in some instances, the sweat glands in your underarms can become overactive and produce excessive perspiration that is out of the ordinary. Such a condition is referred to as hyperhidrosis and can lead to discomfort, stained clothes, and embarrassing odor. If you suffer from this condition, we can help you here at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology in San Francisco.
What is miraDry?
miraDry is a treatment method approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to isolate and reduce the number of sweat and odor glands, as well as hair follicles, in the underarm region. The body contains approximately two million sweat glands, but only about 2% are found in the underarm area. This procedure is safe since the body can still produce the necessary amount of sweat for normal bodily function without the underarm sweat glands. miraDry is a permanent, minimally-invasive procedure that allows patients to move forward with their lives with less sweat and less stress.
"I went to Bay Area Dermatology because a few of the girls in my office recommend it. I had developed a really bad case of melasma on my cheeks and upper lip. When I made an appointment they had asked me if I had a preference as to who I wanted to see. I told the receptionist that I had Asian skin so if I could get someone that is familiar with treating common Asian skin issues that would be fantastic. I was scheduled an appointment with Dr. Hui.At my first meet with Dr. Hui she confirmed that I did indeed have melasma and that my next step was to start getting chemical peels 4-6 weeks apart. Wow. Holy smokes! So far I've received 3 chemical peels and the melasma is almost gone. It's at the point where I am able to cover it up with just foundation. Yippee! At my most recent appointment I received my first laser treatment with Mary. I had a 1pm appointment and was seen quickly to start the numbing process. I am one of those people that benifit from the extra time with the numbing cream so I appreciate that the ladies got me started immediately. I was so numb that I barely felt a thing. Definitely one of the easiest laser procedures I have ever done."- J.C. / Yelp / Dec 02, 2017
"BEST DOCTOR I’ve ever seen!!! She truly is one of a kind! I’ve seen Dr. Hui-Austin for a couple of years now for everything from Moh’s surgery to cosmetic treatments and she always amazes me with her kindness, skill and compassion. She has an innate eye for detail and is so gentle I never feel a thing. She always knows just what I need to look and feel my very best. I cannot say enough good things about her and would recommend her to anyone I knew!!!"- S.B. / Google / Sep 25, 2018
"I love coming here to get my hydra facial done. I have seen Dr. Austin for my skin issues, who is absolutely amazing. I also love getting my facial done with Meghan. Meghan is the sweetest and most detail-oriented esthetician? in that clinic."- J.S. / Yelp / Aug 31, 2018
"I have struggled with severe acne for my whole life and have spent thousands of dollars on proactive, x-out, bioré, natural solutions like witch hazel, tea tree oil, etc. None of these products worked for me and some of them made my skin severely dry, red, or caused my hyper-pigmentation to be more noticeable. I was losing hope that I would ever have clear skin until I came across TCA peels (trichloroacetic acid) on youtube, I saw that there was a lot of positive reviews as well as horror stories , but I felt like I was out of options so I decided to set up a consultation at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, I didn't feel like my skin could get any worse so even if the skin peel didn't work, I felt that It was still worth the risk. When I first arrived, it was a 250 dollar fee for new patients and they looked at my skin and offered several products for a skin care regiment and they told me that my skin issues were caused because my body produced a little more testosterone then a normal woman. They prescribe me spironolactone to help prevent further extreme break outs and tranexamic acid to help with my hyper-pigmentation, after one month I noticed a severe decline in break outs. Before I was on these medications I was getting 5 - 10 new pimples every week plus back acne, after being on these medications it was like 1 or 2 every month. After getting my acne settled, we then started to work on my hyper pigmentation, I had expressed that I wanted a TCA peel but Dr.Austin told me that with my skin tone a TCA peel would be too extreme and might remove the melanin from my skin. I didn't want to ruin my skin tone but I also didn't want the dark spots, Dr.Austin then recommended that I get a less deep peel and we decided to go with either a lactic acid peel or a glycolic acid peel. When I received my first peel I noticed dramatic changes. I still had a lot hyper pigmentation but it was very different from before. I am now 7 peels in and I am very happy with my results! I wish I would have come here sooner, it would have saved me thousands in skin care products that didn't work for me. Each peel I received was 250$, and worth every penny. The pictures below show my current skin condition and what it looked like after my first 3 peels (sorry I only started taking pictures after the first 3!), I will also post what it looks like when its peeling, will update with more photos after this current peel is completely done. These pictures were taken 3 months apart each other."- A.A. / Yelp / Aug 25, 2018
"Did a cortisone shot for $50 and squeezed me in next day. Other places in town were quoting me $200 plus! Glad I found this place"- A.H. / Yelp / Aug 22, 2018
miraDry can help anyone who wants to control the sweat and odor from their underarms. miraDry is a great solution if you:
- Have consistent problems with excessive underarm sweat
- Get frequent stains in the underarm area of your shirts
- Want to avoid the harsh chemicals and toxins in deodorant
- Are embarrassed by the odor caused by your armpits
- Want to feel cleaner and fresher
- Stain clothes or get wet marks from underarm sweat
What to Expect
Prior to the miraDry procedure, one of our registered nurses will administer lidocaine injections to numb the underarm area. Next, the nurse will pass the miraDry handpiece over the skin. The handpiece uses light suction to bring the sweat glands closer to the surface of the skin.The miraWave™ heated energy works on the sweat and odor glands while the surface of your skin is kept cool by the miraDry device. Most treatments take about one hour with the patient relaxed and comfortable throughout the process.
After the treatment, the underarm area may have temporary swelling, soreness, numbness, or tingling for a few days to a few weeks, but most patients have an immediate reduction in underarm sweat after the treatment. Once they are destroyed, sweat glands do not come back, so patients enjoy long-lasting results. To get your best results, one to three treatments may be recommended, spaced about three to six months apart. You can resume normal activities right after your treatment, but it is best to avoid strenuous activity, like exercise, for a few days.
An alternative option to miraDry is underarm injections of a neuromodulator, such as Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin. These neuromodulators are administered to overactive sweat glands to slow their sweat production and keep you dry and comfortable. Although the results are temporary, neuromodulators are an excellent option for men and women in search of a quick, straightforward solution to excessive sweating.
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If you are tired of worrying about underarm sweat and odor, if you are frustrated with staining your favorite clothes, or if you would like to save your skin from the toxins and chemicals found in most antiperspirants - then miraDry may be the treatment for you! No matter how hard you work out or how nervous you are, you'll still look cool, clean, and confident. Call our office and schedule a consultation to find out how you can permanently eliminate sweat glands with miraDry.