Botox ® - frequently asked questions
How does BOTOX® work?
BOTOX® works by paralyzing the muscles that cause forhead wrinkles, frown lines and crow's feet. Normally, your brain sends electrical messages to your muscles so that they can contract and move. The electrical message is transmitted to the muscle by a substance called acetylcholine. BOTOX® works to block the release of acetylcholine and, as a result, the muscle doesn't receive the message to contract. This means that the muscle becomes temporarily "paralyzed" (for about 3 months after the first treatment) and dynamic wrinkles disappear after using BOTOX®.
How is BOTOX® done?
A small amount of BOTOX® is injected into the affected muscles using a very tiny, thin needle. Our medical professionals will help determine which muscles need to be treated to achieve the desired effects.
Who performs the procedure?
BOTOX® treatment should only be performed by experienced, qualified doctors or nurses. At Francesca, Botox injections are performed by Dr. Joseph Ferroni, and by Fran Thompson, RNC.
How long does the procedure take?
BOTOX® treatments generally take about 10 minutes and are conveniently performed right in our office.
Does the BOTOX® treatment hurt?
A very tiny needle is all that is needed for the procedure. Some patients report minor and temporary discomfort from the injection, but generally, the treatment does not hurt.
How long will the effects of BOTOX® last?
BOTOX® treatment does not cause a permanent paralysis of the muscles. In time, the muscles will begin to contract again and the treatment will need to be repeated. The effect of the first treatment usually lasts about three months. There is some evidence that repeated treatments will extend the effective time.