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Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in a law library (oops, sorry), you probably know that more than a million Americans receive Botox injections each year to reduce wrinkles and look younger. What you may not know is that many Botox users are your colleagues. “I see more attorneys than any other profession,” says Brian Maloney, M.D., a cosmetic surgeon in Atlanta who serves as a national training director for Allergen, the makers of Botox. Maloney says that at least 10 percent of his 2,000 Botox patients — half men, half women, between the ages of 25 and 60 — are lawyers. A purified form of the toxin that causes botulism, Botox works by weakening the muscles that control squinting and scowling. The result is a significant reduction in forehead furrows, crow’s-feet and the other facial lines that can make you look worried, angry or older than your years. Last year alone, an estimated 1.2 million people underwent the procedure. Lawyers’ main arguments for shooting up? Mary Klein, a contracts and real estate attorney, began having her forehead creases treated last year when she turned 40. “I did it because I want to look my best and appear sharp,” says Klein (not her real name). “It makes me feel more confident professionally and personally.” Another draw: By relaxing the face muscles, Botox can make a lawyer appear calmer, not aggressive or angry — a neat trick when dealing with judges, juries and opposing attorneys. Botox also has a less well-known benefit: It can control sweating (the toxin decreases the output of perspiration glands). When injected into the face, Botox can prevent sweat from running down a lawyer’s forehead during a trial or negotiation. Botox can also be injected under the arms or into the palms. Prick — no saucer-size pit stains or clammy handshakes. Botox isn’t cheap. Treatments cost roughly $400 per injected area and need to be repeated every few months (over time, the results may last longer). Side effects are relatively uncommon, but some patients experience bruising and a slackening of the face muscles (particularly the eyelids), known as facial droop. A word to the wise: The effects — good and bad — can take as long as a week to appear, so don’t schedule a session before a big trial. Judges don’t recognize “facial droop” as a reason to postpone a hearing.

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