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
"I have been suffering acne for many years. I have visited many dermatologists and tried all types of treatments without having any positive results. Dr. Hui has completely changed my skin. In a few months my acne has dissapeared and the redness caused by it as well! I could have never imagined better results. She is a great professional. After losing all hope that anything would ever work, now I am confident again about my skin. This is the best office you could ever go to."- M.D. / Yelp / Apr 16, 2018
"The women I've met who work here are amazing! They are professional and caring and truly passionate about getting skin to the best it can be safely and carefully! If you are passionate about skin and excellence in skin care, this is a wonderful office to consider a connection."- A.F. / Yelp / Mar 13, 2018
"I LOVE Bay Area Cosmetic Derm!!!! I see Garret-Forest,PA and she's so amazing! Super friendly and takes the time to get to know her clients. The office is super clean and very comfortable as well. I always recommend this office to all of my friends :)!"- L.H. / Yelp / Mar 09, 2018
"My experience at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology has truly been exceptional. Having very fair skin, sun damage and redness have been constants for most of my life. After laser treatments with Garrett Forrest, my skin looks better than I thought possible. She was empathetic and did a great job articulating what practices to add to my daily routine to keep my [now perfect] skin. Highly recommend!"- R.P. / Yelp / Mar 09, 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.
Plan Your Procedure
Put Your Hands in the Air
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.