Botulinum Toxin Injections
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Although most people refer to these injections as "Botox," that is only one brand used at Jefferson Health. There are different types of injections used, depending on the physician. They include Xeomin and Myobloc, in addition to Botox.
The bacterium Clostridium botulinum is used in small doses to treat several health problems, including:
- Facial wrinkles
- Severe underarm sweating
- Cervical dystonia – a painful neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions
- Blepharospasm, also known as uncontrollable blinking
- Strabismus, or misaligned eyes
- Chronic migraines
- Overactive bladder
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Our physicians will administer Botox injections directly to the area you would like to improve, and you can expect to start seeing results in about 48 to 72 hours. The injections typically last for three to six months.
The treatment rarely takes more than 15 minutes, and patients are able to return to work or their other activities immediately upon leaving the doctor’s offices. The number of injections depends on the treatment sites and also the level of muscle activity.
Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are usually advised to not receive the treatment during these periods. Patients with certain neuromuscular disorders may not be candidates.
Botox for Treating Spasmodic Dysphonia
In addition, local injections of Botox into the vocal cord muscles have proven to be the most effective form of treatment for spasmodic dysphonia, with a marked improvement in voice quality. When diluted and injected into the vocal cord muscles, it paralyzes the muscles by blocking the nerve impulse to the muscle. Jefferson specialists in voice and swallowing can perform this procedure to successfully reduce your symptoms and restore your life.
Laryngeal Botox injection is offered at the Jefferson Voice and Swallowing Center as an outpatient procedure or as part of an operative procedure. The effects of each injection last an average of three to four months, after which time, re-injection is usually necessary. In certain situations, Botox injections can be used to reduce the symptoms associated with laryngeal hyperfunction and laryngospasm.
The Jefferson Voice and Swallowing Center, a joint program with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and housed within the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, provides voice care to many theatrical performers in the Philadelphia region, as well as visiting professional singers and musicians.