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 have been seeing Dr. Welsh (who was initially recommended to me by my primary care physician) since 2007 for fillers, and more recently, Botox, between once and twice a year. Additionally, two years ago I had an intensive peel and spots on the backs of my hands treated, and last year, a light peel. Although it seems counter-intuitive, I am now paying less per visit than I did ten years ago; I don't need as much! I also am not trying to look decades younger, only slow the external manifestations of aging. This goal is exactly what Dr. Welsh continues to achieve. The work is subtle, yet I am always met with disbelief when I tell people I am fifty-eight. (I should add that I have been using Retin-A since I was thirty, and Dr. Welsh says this makes a huge difference.)Since Dr. Hui has come on board I have seen her once for fillers, with the same excellent results. I wanted to get another intensive peel this year, which Dr. Hui administered eight days ago. The product Dr. Hui currently uses has a much quicker turn-around than the previous two-week period. The treatment is, as Dr. Hui characterized it, "spicy." But the three chili peppers level lasts only for a minute, and my face felt completely normal an hour later. I've been slathering my face with Aquafor (and sunscreen when I am outside) and the peeling has ended. I was a bit concerned as my face peeled much more rapidly than with the previous treatment, but when I saw Dr. Hui for a check-in yesterday she reassured me that this was normal for the new product. I currently have patches of redness in varying size and shade over about a third of my face that will fade over the next three to four days. The skin is beautiful, and I won't feel the need to wear make-up. I am very pleased with the results--at a much lower cost than Fraxel laser treatments.Drs. Welsh and Hui have stellar educations and credentials, yet are down-to-earth. They love their work and it shows. Over ten years I have had only warm, professional interactions with staff, and never once felt pressure to buy products. I have watched my skin and appearance improve under Dr. Welsh's thoughtful care, and am happy that the equally attentive Dr. Hui has joined her. I am looking forward to the next ten years!"- H.A. / Yelp / Aug 08, 2017
"Dr. Andrea Hui is a very well trained surgeon and cosmetic dermatologist. She provides excellent care and is very committed to her patients. I would recommend her to all my friends and family."- M.L. / Yelp / Oct 24, 2017
"This review is about Dr Hui- the only person I trust with my face. She is kind and generous with her time, and has an eye for detail. She patiently listened to all my concerns before the procedure and I always leave her office not just looking my best but feeling my best too! Thank you Dr Hui. Cheers, Hillel-"- H.S. / Yelp / Oct 20, 2017
"Dr Hui is not only an amazing dermatologist but an amazing person as well! I trust her completely and know I'm in good hands whether she's helping me clear up some eczema or filling my lips!"- K.K. / Yelp / Oct 19, 2017
"For more than a decade, I've been suffering severe acne and its scarring. I tried multiple over-the-counter medication and department-store skincare, but none of them are working. Finally, end of 2016, I decided to ask for professional help. I carefully searched ALL dermatologists across Bay Area. I've read customer reviews and looked for recommendations. Finally, I decided to choose Dr. Hui, based on positive reviews, current skin-technology, and personalized treatments-tailored to patients' skin. If I have to summarize it in a sentence: I am VERY GLAD choosing Dr. Hui and her staff. 9 months after seeing her, my skin is clearer, brighter and smoother. I usually shy away from group pictures or wefie (I am barely do selfie), but lately I am happy with my friends' wefie pictures- my skin looks much better. My friends start complementing my skin, and of course my confidence is up. If I can leave few tips, here they are: 1) Skincare takes time. Wrt to skin, it is not instant. It is like going to gym or diet, it takes time to gain muscle/lose weight. Of course, we can go to extreme gym activities or diet, the result might be instant, but the full circle might come sooner too. 2). Be honest and bring your expectation with dermatologist (in this case, Dr. Hui). She will work with you and for you. That includes fees, timeline, expected/unexpected results, upcoming work/personal trips, etc. 3). Be patience & follow Dr Hui's instructions and suggestions. If I haven't follow them, and fast-forward it to the following 3 months treatment, most likely my skin would not great and get worse."- E.L. / Yelp / Oct 11, 2017
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
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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.