Botox For Migraines
Botox is a medication that uses a form of botulinum toxin to paralyze muscle activity temporarily. Best known for its ability to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, Botox also has been shown to help prevent chronic migraine headaches in some people. The medication typically is injected into muscles of the temples, forehead, scalp and neck .The injected Botox is taken up by pain receptors in the muscles’ nerves. The medication then deactivates those pain receptors and blocks pain signals that the nerves send to the brain.
What does the treatment involve?
CONSULTATION: At the start of any Botox treatment a thorough consultation will take place, where our specialized dermatologist will evaluate your skin and discuss with you your specific skin needs and concerns.
PROCESS: The face is cleansed and sterilized. The specialized dermatologist will then use a fine needle to inject Botox solution into various strategic locations of the skin.
Depending on the area and the need of the patient, the penetration of the Botox can be relatively superficial compared to the conventional method of application where Botox is only injected into the muscles below the skin. The Botox injections deactivate those pain receptors in the muscle and blocks pain signals that the nerves send to the brain.
TIME: The procedure takes about 30 minutes.
FINISHING: After the procedure you might notice redness for the first few hours after the treatment, this is normal and will subside.
NUMBER OF TREATMENTS NEEDED: You will achieve optimal results if treatments are performed once a month for around three months.
Frequently Asked Questions:
DOES IT HURT?
A topical anesthetic is applied to the skin before the procedure to help minimize needle stick pain.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Side effects are generally minimal and many patients may not experience any at all. However, you may occasionally have swelling or bruising at the injection sites.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET BOTOX FOR MIGRAINES DONE?
People who receive Botox for migraines usually get the treatment every 3-4 months. For some, that is all they need to keep their headaches under control. For others, additional medication or other headache treatment is necessary.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Effects are noticeable after a week.
WHO IS NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BOTOX?
Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a neurological disease should not use Botox.
AFTERCARE OF BOTOX FOR MIGRAINES ?
1. Do not touch or rub the treated area for 12 hours after injection, this may cause the Botox to move around to different areas.
2. No laying down or bending for three to four hours.
3. Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours.
4. Avoid extensive sun or heat for 72 hours.