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Botox Helps Treat Vocal Chord Problems

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 15, 2009

Demand for Botox remains strong during the recession, and many people turn to this potent injectable to not only get rid of wrinkles, but also to stop underarm sweating, reduce the risks of migraines, and even to treat an enlarged prostrate. Now, doctors have discovered yet another use for Botox; treating dysfunctional vocal chords.

According to Dr. Andrew Blitzer, director of the Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, Botox can be injected into the larynx to relieve speech impediments.

Botox is a nerve poison that helps paralyze the muscles; administering just the right dosage of the poison into the skin can help relieve a variety of conditions, and the drug has a strong track record of success. Botox is dispensed by the company Allergan, and is supported by 30 years of favorable research. Over 17 million treatments with Botox have been completed in the United States since the mid ‘90s, and the drug continues to be one of ht most sought after minimally-invasive procedures on the market.

More doctors are experimenting with different uses for Botox, and so far, have been able to get rid of wrinkles between the eyebrows, reduce excessive sweating, manage eye and neck muscle disorders, and even cure a persistent migraine.

Using Botox to weaken the muscles in the larynx and thereby making it easier for the patient to speak is one of the biggest success stories to date. Doctors are permitted to use Botox for non-approved procedures as they see fit, which is why Dr. Blitzer was able to administer the treatment to patients suffering from speech impediments.

Botox has amassed $1.3 billion sales worldwide, and is used for both cosmetic and medical purposes. There is currently no equivalent of Botox on the market, but researchers are testing a number of similar products that may offer more options for people dealing with wrinkles, speech impediments and other muscle-nerve disorders.


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