All About Miradry (well, almost all..)!

So, if you are following what I am trying to do here, you might have seen my post about the hard time I had from MiraDry folks to get information about the procedure. However, the good news is… that they responded. Below are the official responses from MiraDry on some of the top queries people have about MiraDry. Some of it might be a bit “salesy”, but I think there is a lot of good information here.

Leave a comment if this helps you, or if you have any other question on MiraDry – who knows I might be able to convince them to answer a few more. Nothing better than to hear it from the company itself. So here we go.

 

How it works
The miraDry technology is the only non-invasive device specifically designed and FDA approved to provide a lasting treatment for underarm sweat. It eliminates the sweat glands and once sweat glands are destroyed they do not grow back.
The perfect candidate for treatment is usually someone who feels their excessive and bothersome underarm sweating is interfering with their everyday life. Having a lasting, non-invasive solution is important because excessive underarm sweating can have a significant impact on a range of events from how people approach social and professional situations to things as basic as their clothing choices.
Typically, two treatments performed three months apart are required to maximize the results.  The initial treatment takes about 90 minutes as we have consents to fill out, measuring of the axillary vaults, and explanation of the procedure. The second takes about 60minutes.

The cost
Typically, miraDry costs approximately $2,500 to $3,000 for two treatments, which in the long run can be a more cost-effective treatment than other coping mechanisms and treatments
 
Success rate
Results from a recent study showed 90 percent efficacy, 90 percent patient satisfaction, and an 82 percent average sweat reduction 18-months after receiving the miraDry procedure.
 
Side effect
Almost all patients will experience:

  • some swelling in their underarm (1-8 weeks)
  • altered sensation in the skin and around the treatment area (up to a few months)
  • soreness, discomfort, or tenderness of the treated area (2-3 weeks)
  • redness from the device suction (few days)
  • temporary bumps or lumpiness in the underarm (4-6 weeks)
  • patients may also experience some degree of hair loss

 
How Does MiarDry Compared with other options (e.g. antiperspirants, ETS etc), 
Until now, treatment options have been limited to prescription-strength antiperspirants, oral medications, botulinum toxin A injections and surgery, which contains inherent risks.
Current treatment options are designed to temporarily disable the sweat glands and have proven ineffective for lasting results.
 
Where should they go to get thMiraDry treatment
Readers can go to our website and find a miraDry physician in their area. The website address is: http://miradry.com/get-started/
 
How to get MiraDry financed by insurance
The miraDry procedure is not currently covered by insurance.

Is there any way to reduce the cost (if insurance is not paying)
 Many employers offer Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) or Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) that allow employees to pay for medical expenses with pretax dollars. Also, doctors often offer flexible monthly payment plans to make miraDry more affordable.

Most people find the cost of miraDry surprisingly reasonable, after considering the physical and emotional costs of living with excessive sweat, and the significant, lifelong benefits that miraDry provides. Check out our Sweat Cost Calculator to find out how much you are currently spending on a sweat-ruled life.

 
Can it be done cheaper overseas (e.g. India)?
The miraDry procedure is currently only offered in Japan, Korea, Canada and the U.S. Costs are approximately the same comparatively. [CJ1]
 
How to identify a good facility for getting this procedure done?
www.miraDry.com website to locate a miraDry-certified physician offering the treatment. [CJ2]

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  • Lucas P.

    FYI, here’s a little update: according to the miraDry website, the
    procedure is now offered in several European countries as well. The
    additions include: UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway.
    I also wrote about it on the forums here.

    I am not sure about the miraDry costs in these countries, but I’m
    guessing that they are still comparatively the same. I hope this will
    help our European Hyperhidrosis Network members. 🙂

    (my previous comment wasn’t approved for some reason so I reposted it)

    • YLL95

      Thanks! I live in Sweden and I think I will look into this miraDry thing. Probably best to wait for a while though; I expect that in time more and more physicians will offer this hyperhidrosis treatment and then I will have a good choice and be able to find someone close to my home – and I think it best to wait and see in which clinic they offer the best possible service.

  • Zarra

    I’m so happy I tried the miradry procedure ! My main reason was I’ve always been really really sweaty. I sweat so bad under my armpits ever since I was a kid. I was too embarrassed to be around anyone. I would have to throw away shirts because the onion smell from my arm pits wouldn’t wash out. So once I had the miradry, I could finally wear short sleeve shirts and not worry about smelling. Unfortunately we all know there can be a risk with any procedure and it seems i have a cyst under my left arm. It pops and this white stuff, blood, & yellow stuff comes out. But no odor.