If you suffer from migraine headaches, you’re not only looking for fast relief, you’re probably interested in steps you can take to prevent them from happening in the first place. OnabotulinumtoxinA, or BOTOX®, was approved in 2010 for adults who get chronic migraines. That means you have both:
- A history of migraine headaches
- Headaches on at least 15 days of the month, with at least 8 of them being considered a migraine
It is not an approved treatment if you:
- Get headaches 14 or fewer days each month
- Have other types of headaches, like cluster
What Is Botox?
BOTOX® is considered a neurotoxin, which is a poison made by bacteria called Clostridium botulinums. It can cause a deadly reaction called botulism which you may have heard of if you’ve eaten spoiled food because it blocks signals from your nerves and paralyzes your muscles.
Sounds scary, I know. But it’s safe because you don’t ingest the toxin and it is administered in much smaller doses than you’d find in spoiled food.
BOTOX® can help reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles by relaxing muscles in the face. It also has been shown to be effective in treating people who have tics and spasms caused by a nerve disease like cerebral palsy.
When migraine headaches sufferers used Botox to treat their wrinkles, they told their doctors that their headaches were improved. Consequently, doctors began to study BOTOX® as a migraine pain treatment.
In a study of adults patients who get chronic migraine headaches, Botox injections reduced the total number of days they had a headache of any kind. They also had more days of pain free living each month, and had less time away from their job.
In another study, almost one half the people who took two treatments of Botox injections stated that the number of days they had to deal with a headache each month was cut in half. After 5 rounds of treatment, those reports increased to about 70% of the people.
BOTOX® works to treat migraine headaches by blocking chemicals called neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitter chemicals carry pain signals from your brain. BOTOX® is like a barrier in that pathway. It stops the chemicals before they effect the nerve endings around your head and neck that cause the migraine.
BOTOX® can be used to treat migraines and headaches by gently relaxing the muscles used to clench and/or grind the teeth. The effects can last 4-6 months. The injections are gentle and done in the muscles used to clench as well as muscles in the back of the head where headaches start.
You’ll get several injections of BOTOX® around your head and neck every 12 weeks to dull or prevent migraine headaches. You may need up to 12 injections per session, and you’ll get an equal number on each side of your head. If you have migraine pain in one particular spot, you may need more there.
BOTOX®: Cosmetic Treatment
I administer BOTOX® to patients under my care both medically and cosmetically to provide safe and reliable results. Many women like BOTOX® to soften laugh lines and frown lines. It’s not just women that use it however, many men like BOTOX® to help them look less tired and to have a more fresh appearance.
Cosmetically, BOTOX® can be used for the following:
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines and wrinkles
- “Smoker’s” lines around the lips
- Lines between the eyebrows
- Marionette lines around the mouth and jaws
- Loose skin under the chin
- Gummy smile
How Does BOTOX® Work?
Originally used to treat muscular conditions, BOTOX®, is now among the most well-known cosmetic injections. It works by temporarily relaxing the muscles that contract to cause wrinkles. It’s FDA-approved for treating crow’s feet (or laugh lines), the creases between the brows and forehead lines.
Feel Better & Look Better Fast
Need to eliminate that nagging migraine or keep it at bay? Or maybe you just want to look younger and more energetic? Call me now to schedule an in-home consultation and treatment. You don’t even have to leave the house to look and feel better. I’ll come to you.
No More Migraines
What started as a journey treat migraine pain turned into the elimination of my migraines entirely with Dr. Vera’s help. I underwent 3 rounds of Botox injections and have not had a headache in over 10 weeks. This is life changing treatment. I’m so happy I found Dr. Vera.