How Botox Can Help Your Migraine
If you are one of the ten percent of people in the world who suffer from migraines, you know just how devastating and life-altering they can be. Some people suffer from chronic migraines, meaning that they experience migraine episodes over 15 days within a month. Migraines bring intense pain and other debilitating symptoms that can greatly affect one’s life, and many people struggle to find a treatment for them. However, it has been shown that receiving Botox, an injectable procedure typically associated with its rejuvenating ability to correct facial fine lines and wrinkles works as a highly-effective treatment for migraines.
How does it work?
When you receive Botox for aesthetic purposes, the neurotoxic protein, botulinum toxin, stops the neurotransmitters from signaling muscles to contract. However, when you receive Botox for your migraines, the neurotoxin is used to block neurotransmitters from sending pain signals to your brain. It also reduces pain-causing muscle contractions. This helps many patients be able to live their daily lives without the fear of debilitating pain. Botox is temporary, so in order for patients to continue to receive relief from their migraines, they will need to keep up with their injections. It is advised that they receive Botox treatments every 12 weeks. However, this may vary depending on a patient’s unique needs.
What are some benefits of treating your migraines with Botox?
Botox can greatly reduce the effects migraines have on you. Some benefits of receiving Botox to treat migraines include:
- Botox can greatly reduce the pain felt from migraines.
- Botox is safe for long-term treatment.
- You can use other medications in conjunction with Botox to treat your migraines and maximize migraine relief.
- Botox stops migraine symptoms from worsening.
- Botox can help to prevent migraines before they start.
- Migraines may become less frequent.
Is treating your migraines with Botox safe?
Botox is an extremely safe procedure that has little chance of having any dangerous side effects. Botox has been approved by the FDA as a safe and official treatment for migraines since 2010. If you are concerned about receiving some of the aesthetic effects of Botox when being treated for migraines, as that is not the goal of your treatment, you can rest assured knowing that you will not experience any of the cosmetic effects of Botox.
What can you expect when you receive Botox to treat your migraines?
The treatment process is very short and typically only takes around thirty minutes. There is no required preparation needed. However, if you received any kind of Botox injection in the past four months, you must tell your doctor. First, your doctor may use a topical anesthetic to numb the skin to minimize any discomfort. Then you will receive the injection in the areas where you feel pain during your migraine episodes.
Are there any side effects to receiving Botox for your migraines?
You may experience some mild side effects, but these will typically be resolved within 24 to 48 hours. Side effects may include:
- Swelling, redness, or pain in the treated area
- Neck pain or headache
- Temporary blurry vision
- Drooping eyebrows or eyelids
- Dry eyes or excessively watery eyes
It is possible that you may have an allergic reaction to the Botox formula, but this is rare.
Your Botox migraine treatment at J Spa Medical Day Spa
If you think Botox may be the right solution to treat your chronic migraines, book a consultation with our board-certified doctors at J Spa Medical Day Spa. They will talk to you in-depth about your medical history and what you desire from Botox treatments for migraines. Your health and comfort are our top priority, and we will work with you to create a treatment plan that best serves your needs.