Tucson Lifestyle February 2014 : Page 5

Q A Your Skinformation Q A I am 15 years old and I sweat so much that it’s embarrassing. I drip with sweat, even if I’m just sitting and doing nothing, and it’s not even a hot day. Antiperspirant doesn’t work at all for me. I bring an extra shirt to school in my backpack to change into when my shirt gets soaked. I’m always afraid that people will notice my sweating and make fun of me. What can I do? Most likely you have a condition called “hyperhidrosis.” ere are 10 million other people in the US who su er from it, although they are often too embarrassed to talk about it. ere might even be someone in your family with the same problem, because it often is inherited. e good news is, it is not a dangerous condition, and there are treatments that can help you a lot. Start by talking to your parents, and ask them to take you to a dermatologist, who can get you started on treatment to control the sweating. Two great sources of information that we recommend for you are www.sweathelp.org and www.sweatometer.org I have that bulge of fat on the inner thighs that is very stubborn. A couple of years ago, I looked into having CoolSculpting to treat it, but I was told that it couldn’t be done because the machine doesn’t t that area of the body. Well, I recently heard of someone who had that area done and it worked great, so that got my hopes up again that maybe it could work for me too. What do you think? e basic technology of CoolSculpting hasn’t changed, but the applicators and techniques have evolved greatly, so that we are now able to get better results and treat more body areas than in the past-including the inner thighs. So yes, you should have a CoolSculpting consultation again because you may nd that you are now an excellent candidate for treatment! Q A I had heart surgery a couple of years ago, and I am thankful that I recovered and am healthy again. However, the scar on my chest from the surgery has ended up lumpy and red, and so I always wear tops that cover it up. I’d like to feel comfortable in styles with a lower neckline again, and I was wondering what can be done to improve my scar. It’s not unusual for a scar to be raised, thickened, and red, especially on the chest. Itching or sensitivity are also common. Using a combination of in-o ce treatments such as lasers and cortisone injections, along with wearing a silicone scar dressing at home, we can achieve a signi cant improvement in ScarLine Rx these types of scars. $42 Jody Comstock, M.D. Tina Pai, M.D. SKIN Spectrum 520.797.8885 6127 N. La Cholla Blvd., Suite 101 www.skinspectrum.com Email your questions to: skinexperts@skinspectrum.com

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