Injections of botulinum toxin type A is the number one cosmetic procedure in the world, with more than 4 million treatments done in the United States in 2006. (Interestingly, 60 percent of female Botox users have never had any cosmetic surgery before, according to the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation.) Its supreme popularity is for a good reason: it works. Botox and Dysport are purified forms of botulinum toxin type A (and no, the shots do not produce the deadly disease botulism). When injected in tiny amounts, the neurotoxin causes facial muscles to relax and almost magically erases frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and crow's feet. Because it smoothes the skin, the procedure also makes slight structural changes to the face: opening up the eyes, widening the forehead, and elevating the brows.
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