MiraDry in Utah, a Nonsurgical Treatment Option for Axillary Hyperhidrosis, Sweat and Odor
What is MiraDry?
Dr. York Yates provides miraDry to patients in Layton, Salt Lake City, and surrounding areas. It is an FDA cleared, permanent solution to underarm sweating. Most patients experience complete or near-complete removal of underarm sweat glands with a single treatment, resulting in near-complete removal of sweating, odor, sweat stains, and deodorant stains. miraDry also has an FDA indication for underarm hair reduction. Patients can expect on average 70% underarm hair reduction. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis of the underarms and are interested in miraDry in Utah, schedule an appointment with Dr. York Yates today.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which there is excessive sweating, most commonly from the palms and underarms. Although miraDry does not currently have an indication for sweating of the palm, it is FDA cleared for excessive underarm sweating.
How miraDry helps with excessive sweating?
miraDry uses a proprietary energy-based technique for the destruction of sweat glands they call MiraWave energy. It is microwave energy that targets sweat glands for permanent removal and has the additional benefit of hair reduction.
What the procedure entails
The miraDry procedure involves numbing the underarms, followed by treatment with the miraDry hand-piece, which is performed by the technician. This takes approximately an hour and a half, and although there is mild pain with the initial anesthesia, the procedure is comfortable.
miraDry & Hyperhidrosis FAQs
The best candidates for miraDry are those with underarm hyperhidrosis – excessive or embarrassing sweat and odor from the underarms. That said, even a patient with a normal amount of underarm sweat is a candidate.
Clinical studies have shown, on average, a permanent 70% reduction of sweat glands with a single treatment, and up to 90% reduction after two treatments. All patients respond to some degree, but results vary from patient to patient. Dr. Yates believed in the technology enough to not only offer it to hyperhidrosis patients in Utah, but to himself as well.
miraDry has been cleared by the FDA to dramatically reduce underarm sweating in as little as one appointment. To gain FDA approval, it had to pass various clinical trials. To date, it has been used in nearly 150,000 treatments around the world and has an excellent safety record.
You may have some temporary soreness, swelling, and numbness in your underarms, but these generally resolve themselves within a few days to a couple of weeks. You may experience some altered sensation in the underarms, but this is also a short-term phenomenon. To date, there have been no reports of permanent side effects.
This is one of the most common questions we hear. The truth is that although sweat is one way that the body cools off, the underarm sweat glands are a very small percentage of sweat glands. Sweating and the ability of the body to cool itself are not affected. We don’t see an increase in sweating from other areas as compensation.
Typically one treatment is all that is needed, although there are situations that may require more than one treatment.
There is some discomfort and swelling following the miraDry procedure, but patients generally report no downtime and can be back to normal activities right away. We have noticed a significant improvement in pain and swelling when using the Zimmer Z wave immediately following the procedure. We offer this free of charge to our MIraDry patients.
There is a side effect of underarm hair reduction following the miraDry procedure – in fact, there is an FDA indication for hair reduction. This is generally a welcome side effect for most patients. There are also very rare and unlikely skin sensitivity issues that are typically temporary.
Swelling varies by the patient. You may experience swelling, numbness, bruising, and sensitivity in the underarm area for several days after your treatment. Swelling can endure for a couple of weeks in some patients.
You should not have miraDry if you’re; pregnant, breastfeeding, have an active infection, form keloid scars, have significant scar tissue in the underarm area, are allergic to lidocaine, have a cardiac pacemaker or other electronic implants, or have cysts in the underarm area. Also, some people have sweat glands that are deeper than most people, and while these people can still have treatment, it may not be as effective. There is also a slight risk of nerve damage in the underarm area, but this is generally very rare and occurs in very thin patients. The FDA has not cleared miraDry for any other area of the body than the underarms. So, if you have hyperhidrosis on the palms of the hands or the feet, miraDry cannot be used there.
Pregnant women should not undergo treatments, although this is not a part of the FDA approval. It simply has not been studied for safety in pregnant or breastfeeding women. Like virtually all cosmetic procedures, miraDry should not be performed when a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding.
The underarm sweat glands are not affected by weight gain, so miraDry works the same on patients, regardless of their weight. This only affects the underarm area, however.
Your results are permanent: the sweat glands are destroyed; they do not regenerate or come back. Numerous studies have shown an average of over 80 percent of sweat reduction in a single treatment. Most patients need just a single treatment.
Some people think that your sweat glands are tied together and produce a certain amount of sweat. The thinking is if you remove some, the others will produce more sweat. This is not true. The human body contains around 2 million sweat glands. Your underarms only contain about 2 percent of those glands, so destroying 80 percent of your underarm sweat glands does not affect the other sweat glands on your body.
The FDA has only approved miraDry for use on the underarms. It cannot be used elsewhere.
miraDry typically is not covered by insurance. You can use HSA/FSA funds toward your treatment costs.
Standard national pricing for miraDry is $2125, set by the manufacturer. We offer special discounted miraDry pricing to our Utah miraDry patients.
See what our patients are saying:
“Dr. Yates and his team are fantastic! I went in recently to have the miraDry procedure and am SO pleased with the results! They are professional, knowledgeable, kind, and deliver excellent care and results. I highly recommend Dr. Yates!”
– Jill M.