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Botox® and Dysport® have become a household name. Everyone knows about this popular injectable for freezing the muscles in the face to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles that appear across the forehead and between the eyebrows. There are, however, some things we bet you didn’t know about your favorite treatment.

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1. More Men Are Getting Botox®

That’s right! Botox® and Dysport® have gained popularity in the male market now. According to a study done by Timeless Skin Solutions, the number of men getting Botox® injections has increased by a whopping 337 percent since the year 2000. Most of these men are working white-collar jobs, working in the fashion industry, or the law or business field, and want to look and feel their best compete in their industry.

2. Botox® Was Discovered in the 1800s

Okay, Botox® itself wasn’t approved by the FDA as a cosmetic treatment until 2002, but the bacteria that is an active ingredient for Botox® and Dysport® was discovered back in 1820. Dr. Justinus Kerner discovered the botulinum toxin, which is a neurotoxic protein formed from a bacterium and happens to be the active ingredient in Botox® and Dysport®. Without this botulinum toxin, the injectables would never exist, and we would still be unsatisfied with our forehead and frown lines.

3. Botox® and Dysport® Can Treat Excessive Sweating and Migraines

There are millions of people with a condition called hyperhidrosis. This condition causes excessive underarm sweat in patients who are affected. When Botox® or Dysport® is injected into the sweat glands, it temporarily freezes those overactive sweat glands and can stop the effects of hyperhidrosis for up to six months at a time. Though not regularly performed by plastic surgeons, Botox® or Dysport® can also treat chronic migraines, overactive bladders, crossed eyes, and many other conditions that affect the muscles in a patient because the active ingredient in Botox® temporarily freezes the activity of those muscles.

If you are interested in learning more about your favorite toxins, fillers and injectables, contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. David J. Levens. He’ll be able to build a customized treatment plan for you to help you achieve your desired look.