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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Many people sweat so bad, they get embarrassed to go in public. For extreme cases, there is help available!

Dr. Young Cho with Integrated Plastic Surgery and Zen, Skin, and Laser Spa in Houston offers a few procedures to help his patients stay dry.

"A lot of excessive sweating depends on where it can be in the body. In a lot of cases, it's under the arm. Traditionally, they try all types of anti-perspirants, that don't help. Something I'm very excited about here at Integrated Plastic Surgery, is something called miraDry. It's a microwave device that heats the tissue where the sweat glands live. It destroys the sweat glands. You need two treatments, based three months apart. With that, you get a pretty substantial decrease in sweating," says Dr. Cho.

We watched him perform a simulated procedure. Patients say it can be slightly uncomfortable, but is bearable. Dr. Cho says there's a small group of people who don't see results from the procedure, so he can perform a surgery. It's called axillary shaving. "I make a small incision and go underneath the armpit sweat glands and physically remove them surgically," says Dr. Cho. Obviously, that's an option for someone who has extreme sweating and is frustrated because they might have to frequently change their shirts.

The feet and hands can also sweat a lot.

"If you have to change socks all of the time, or your embarrassed to shake hands, or have to use a handkerchief to dry them all the time, then Botox may be an option," says Dr. Cho. He places a series of Botox injections around the hands or soles of the feet. He says it can provide four to six months of relief. That may sound painful, but Dr. Cho says his staff uses several methods to help with the discomfort.

"You can use topical medications, ice, and some devices or mechanisms to blunt the pain. I can also do nerve blocks, so for a few hours, their hand will be fully numb, but that treatment for the hyperhydrosis, or the excessive sweating in the hands is very tolerable," explains Dr. Cho.

You can find out more about the options Dr. Cho offers by visiting http://www.integratedplasticsurgery.com/ or http://www.zenlaserspa.com/.

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