How Does Botox® Work for Migraine Relief?
Botox® injections have been shown to help reduce the frequency, duration and intensity of migraines in a certain population of patients. Although proven to work well, it is still not entirely clear how Botox® actually helps migraines. One leading theory is that, by weakening certain muscles, Botox® can reduce muscular pressure on certain trigger nerves. Botox® may also work on the actual nerves, themselves.
Benefits of BOTOX® for Migraines
The benefits of using Botox® to treat migraine headaches include:
- Minimally Invasive: At The Migraine Institute, Botox® is administered using the smallest needles in the smallest number of locations. Aside from occasional minor discomfort right after treatment, patients experience no long-term pain or discomfort
- Fast Migraine Relief: With Botox®, individuals typically experience reduction in migraine frequency, duration and intensity within five to seven days of treatment.
- Long-Lasting: Most patients reap the benefits of a single Botox® treatment for about three months, sometimes longer.
Can Botox® “CURE” migraines?
With routine administration, Botox® has helped many patients significantly reduce migraine symptom, usually decreasing the duration, frequency and intensity of migraine headaches. Some patients will experience zero migraines while the Botox® is active. Regardless, Botox® frequently leads to the reduction or elimination of need for migraine medications.
Results with Botox® treatments may vary. It is important to consult with The Migraine Institute before treatment, to determine whether Botox® is the right choice for you.
Botox for Migraines Side Effects
Common side effects associated with Botox for migraines include:
- Back and/or neck pain
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of appetite
Botox for migraines side effects are usually minimal. They also tend to disappear on their own shortly after treatment.
What to Expect from Botox for Migraines
Botox for migraines often provides a safe, effective chronic migraine treatment. A typical Botox for migraines procedure can be performed in just minutes, and there are few side effects associated with treatment. Plus, a single Botox for migraine treatment may deliver results that last up to four months.
Of course, Botox is not a permanent solution for migraine pain. If an individual continues to experience migraine pain after Botox injections or is searching for a permanent migraine treatment, he or she may want to consider migraine surgery.
Dr. Cabin can evaluate a chronic migraine patient to determine if he or she qualifies for Botox, migraine surgery or both. In most instances, chronic migraine patients who previously received Botox injections are excellent candidates for migraine surgery.
Regardless of chronic migraine treatment, Dr. Cabin is focused on helping his patients achieve long-lasting migraine pain relief. Therefore, he develops a personalized chronic migraine treatment program tailored to a patient’s migraine triggers. This enables Dr. Cabin to provide his patients with the best-possible chronic migraine treatment results.
Botox for Migraines FAQ
How does Botox for migraines work?
A Botox for migraines treatment involves the use of Botox injections in different areas of the face. Botox is injected into different nerve endings and prevents the release of chemicals typically involved in the transmission of pain signals. This prevent pain signals that otherwise trigger migraine headaches.
Does Botox for migraines treat wrinkles?
In addition to treating migraine pain, Botox helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other visible signs of aging in the face.
Schedule a Botox® Consultation with The Migraine Institute Today
Dr. Cabin and The Migraine Institute team are happy to teach chronic migraine patients about Botox treatments.
To find out more about Botox® treatment for migraines, please contact The Migraine Institute at 310.461.0303 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.