Although known for its effect on wrinkles, BOTOX® is a critical tool in the treatment of migraines. Used for over 10 years and more recently FDA-approved for migraine headaches in 2010, regular treatments can lead to life-changing improvements in migraine symptoms.
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What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is the brand name for a chemical (botulinum toxin). When injected into the muscle, BOTOX® blocks nerve signals to that muscle, resulting in temporary muscle weakness.
How does BOTOX® Help Cure Migraines?
BOTOX® is thought to alleviate migraine pain by relaxing the muscles around sensory nerves that are known migraine triggers. There is also some evidence that BOTOX® has a direct effect on these same nerves by affecting the chemicals (neurotransmitters) used for nerve signaling.
BOTOX® for Migraine Treatment Areas
Locations for BOTOX® injection vary based on a patient’s unique set of migraine trigger points, and can include one or more of the following areas:
- the back of the scalp
- the brow
- the forehead
- the back of the neck
- the temples
Benefits of BOTOX® for Migraines?
BOTOX® for migraines offers a quick, minimally invasive treatment is clinically proven to reduce the number of days that a patient suffers migraines. The treatment frequently reduces the average severity and length of a patient’s migraines, as well. BOTOX® takes two-to-five days to take effect, and has its maximal impact two weeks after injection. Some patients will feel immediate relief with injection, thought to result from an interaction between the BOTOX® needle and the trigger point. Although BOTOX® requires injection, discomfort is minimal due to the minuscule needles we use.
How Long Does BOTOX® for Migraine Treatment Last?
On average, BOTOX® lasts about three months when used for migraines, although the effect can range from two-to-four months. It is advised that patients get BOTOX® treatment before the previous treatment completely wears off, to ensure continuous migraine relief.
Can BOTOX® Eliminate Wrinkles?
Depending on the injection site, BOTOX® for migraines can have the additional effect of reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles.
BOTOX® Treatment Recovery
There is no downtime following BOTOX® injections. The most common immediate side effects include raised bumps, redness, pain and swelling, all in the areas of injection. These symptoms typically resolve in 20 to 30 minutes, and are improved with a cold compress. In almost all cases, patients return to everyday activities immediately after treatment.
To learn more about BOTOX® for migraines, please contact The Migraine Institute at (310) 461-0303 to schedule a consultation.