Wednesday, February 5 2014, 06:56 PM MST
New Technology Aimed At Stopping Excessive Sweating
(KUTV) About 30 million Americans suffer from an embarrassing problem, excessive sweating.
The same technology we use to heat food is giving people back their confidence.
A lot of patients don't know it's a medical condition, and they don't know there's help for them.
People with Hyper Hydrosols may produce five times more sweat than necessary.
Sweat glands under your armpits make up about 2% of what's in your body, so you don't really need them.
Now those sweat glands can be eliminated with Miradry, an FDA approved medical energy device. Once several injections numb the underarm area, the device uses a microwave to stop the sweat.
Dr. Bakos says, "It goes down and heats at the junction between the skin and the fat and permanently destroys the sweat gland."
It's not cheap at 2,400 to 3,000 dollars, and it will cause some soreness and even temporary numbness under the arms, but the sweat glands can never grow back.
Miradry requires two treatments about three months apart, but patients will notice an 80 percent different after the first one.
Nurse practitioner Jennifer Phillips says getting her self-confidence back was worth the steep price.
Miradry is not approved for any other areas on the body, but clinical trials are underway.
Miradry is not covered by insurance, so it may be cost prohibitive for some, but it's the only permanent solution besides surgery to cut nerves.
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