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Is Hyperhidrosis Treatable?

Is excessive sweating getting in the way of your social and daily work life? Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes episodes of abnormal sweating on the entire body or specific areas, such as the armpits, soles of the feet, palms of the hands, and face. It may be difficult to know for sure whether the amount you sweat is considered normal or not, so understand that some of the most common symptoms are random, frequent flare-ups, soaking through clothes in a noticeable way, and challenges with making physical contact with others, gripping or holding onto objects, or engaging in common activities. You may also find yourself showering and changing clothes frequently, along with feeling self-conscious in public. Fortunately, there are effective ways of managing this condition, including miraDry®, which our Minneapolis-area team offers.


With this fast, science-backed treatment, you can significantly reduce sweat production and odor in the underarms. This is an in-office treatment that involves applying thermal energy to destroy sweat and odor glands in targeted areas.


Instead of using deodorants, look for over-the-counter antiperspirants containing aluminum salts or get a prescription for stronger ones. This is the most common way of reducing heavy sweating. Deodorants generally only offer odor protection, whereas antiperspirants will prevent both sweat and odor by blocking the sweat glands when applied to the skin. Some antiperspirants are for other areas of the body, such as the hands, feet, and hairline.

Botulinum Toxin

In addition to relaxing facial muscles to keep wrinkles at bay, small amounts of injectable BOTOX® can temporarily deactivate sweat glands in the underarms or other areas to prevent excessive sweating for up to four to six months or longer.

Prescription Medicines

Anticholinergic drugs are oral medicines that can temporarily inhibit sweat production all over the body. These work well for patients who have excessive facial sweating.

Natural Remedies

The most common herbal remedies used for hyperhidrosis are sage tea or sage tablets, chamomile, valerian root, St. John’s Wort, and natural vinegar. Application of witch hazel, coconut oil, tea tree oil, and salt and lime to the skin is also thought to be beneficial.

Learn more about treatments for hyperhidrosis, such as miraDry®, in the Minneapolis area from our Zel Skin & Laser Specialists team. Fill out a contact form or call us at 952-929-8888 (Edina), 612-338-0711 (Minneapolis), or 952-473-1286 (Plymouth) to start planning your procedure.

Can CoolSculpting® Remove Belly Fat?

Extra fat around the midsection is something many people are self-conscious about. Despite that common dislike of belly bulk, losing stomach fat on your own can be a challenge because of the higher number of fat cells that accumulate in the area. Men, especially, are prone to having a heavier upper body. Aging, genetics, or pregnancy can also make you more likely to have some extra flab in this region. Whether you have the dreaded “beer belly,” “love handles,” or a “muffin top,” slimming down does more than just enhance your physique and help you to fit better in your clothes. Losing unwanted fat can improve your posture and your mood. At our practice in the Minneapolis area, CoolSculpting® for belly fat can be the best way to attain a flatter stomach. However, this fat-freezing treatment only works on belly fat in certain cases.

There are two types of fat in the abdominal area: subcutaneous fat and visceral fat. Everyone has some of both of these types. Visceral fat (hard belly fat) is a more dangerous type found deep in the abdomen, near the vital organs. Large amounts of this type of fat can make someone more prone to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Smoking, stress, eating badly, and drinking too much can cause you to have more visceral fat. This type of fat builds up and causes the overlying tissues, muscles, and abdominal wall to protrude outward at the surface, which is why it feels rigid.

Subcutaneous fat is squishy, below-the-skin, pinchable fat that has a soft texture. Most of our body fat is this type.

CoolSculpting® for Belly Fat 

CoolSculpting® only works for decreasing soft, grabbable subcutaneous fat on top of the muscles around the stomach and flanks. It’s better to increase your activity level and maintain a healthier diet if you’re trying to remove visceral fat.

That said, a CoolSculpting® session can decrease subcutaneous belly fat by up to 25 percent. The abdomen is one of the most commonly targeted areas for CoolSculpting®, which causes fat cells to crystalize, die, and be flushed from the body.

Find out more about CoolSculpting® for belly fat in the Minneapolis area from Zel Skin & Laser Specialists. Fill out a contact form or call us at 952-929-8888 (Edina), 612-338-0711 (Minneapolis), or 952-473-1286 (Plymouth) to start planning your procedure.

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