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New procedure reduces excessive sweating

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A hot summer day is especially uncomfortable for someone like Amearah Abuassi
The 20 year old suffers from a condition called hyperhidrosis, or excessive perspiration.

"I would always have to watch my clothes. If I had to put my hands up I tried not to because there is always a stain there -- ruining all of my clothes. It was really bad," Abuassi said.

She's hoping a new FDA approved procedure called "Precision T-X" finally stops her sweating for good. Surgeons insert a laser fiber in the patient's underarm area. The laser shoots energy and heat at the undersurface of the skin.

"We make a tiny incision- in fact so small that we don't even put a stitch in and the laser fires and reduces the number of active sweat glands," said Dr. Bruce Katz with the JUVA Skin & Laser Center.

One procedure is all it takes. Research shows six months after the procedure, 80-percent of patients have had a significant reduction in sweating. The minimally invasive treatment  takes less than an hour.

"It is local anesthetic so the patients awake they can go right back to work after and in terms of side effects they have a little swelling and bruising and that is it,"  Dr. Katz said.

The underarm laser costs around $3,000 and insurance does not cover it.

Since Abuassi had her procedure a week ago, she's had to deal with some very
hot days. "We were in the 90s,100s almost, and it was perfect. No sweating," she said.
She's looking forward to enjoying  summer and not having to sweat it out.

Vinita Nair - CBS News

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