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10 Fun Facts about Botox!

Botox is one of our most commonly requested treatments by our Kingston and area clients. Here are 10 fun facts about Botox that you may not know:

1) Botox is one of four approved Botulinum toxins injected for wrinkles. Botox was the first developed so has brand name recognition but there are 3 other drugs on the market in Canada: Dysport, Xeomin, and Nuceiva also known as Newtox! Each of these is used for cosmetic and medical purposes and each has its own unique features.

2) Botox was initially developed to treat those annoying eyelid twitches. Some people suffer from permanently twitchy lower eyelids called Blepharospasm - botox blocks the spasm. The eye doctors realized their patient's looked really good because they weren't making any Crow's feet wrinkles and started using Botox for cosmetic reasons!

3) Dysport was the second botulinum drug to enter the market. Its name comes from Dys for Dystonia (or muscle spasm) and Port for Portsmouth, England where it was first approved. It started as a drug for medical use in muscle spasm but also is now popular for cosmetic wrinkle treatment.

4) Botox can be used for other medical reasons: teeth grinding, migraines, muscle spasms, sweating or hyperhidrosis, bladder spasms are all medical uses of Botox.

5) Since the start of the pandemic, one of the most requested uses of Botox, Dysport and Xeomin currently is for teeth grinding. Due to stress many people are grinding their teeth in the night leading to headaches and jawaches. Botox, Dysport and Xeomin can be injected into the masseter muscles of the jaw to relax the tension in the muscle and reduce teeth grinding. Nuceiva is not approved for this indication.