By now you’ve heard about the wrinkle-smoothing capabilities of Botox, but did you realize the injections can also be used to fight migraines? It’s true! In 2010, the FDA approved the use of Botox to treat adults with chronic migraines, or headaches on 15 or more days a month. In fact, the more often a patient gets migraine headaches, the more likely the more likely they are to benefit from this type of treatment. Botox for migraines is one of the many treatments offered by ShineMD Medspa & Wellness Center in Houston, TX.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a form of botulinum toxin, a powerful neurotoxin that offers a variety of benefits. The Botox used in injections has been purified and is used in tiny doses. It works by weakening or paralyzing the muscles it is injected into by preventing nerve signals from reaching them. Botox is best known for its ability to smooth skin wrinkles and lines, but it’s also used to treat a variety of other health conditions.
How Does Botox for Migraines Work?
Botox, when it’s used to treat migraines, is injected in the neck and pericranial muscles. It blocks the chemicals that transmit pain signals from your brain, stopping them before they get to the nerve endings in the head and neck area.
Each Botox treatment can last as long as four months, and most patients who use Botox for migraines say it takes several treatments to see the full benefit. It’s usually not until a patient’s second or third treatment that the injection’s headache-fighting properties fully kick in. Botox treatments are not effective in treating other types of headaches. Results will vary for each person.
What’s a Botox Treatment Like?
A consultation to review your medical history and your treatment goals is the first step in the process. After that consultation, it’s just a matter of scheduling your first appointment. The treatment itself is simple.
Most Botox for migraines appointments are generally short with little to no discomfort associated. There is no downtime associated with Botox injections, so you can get right back to your regular schedule after your appointment.
How Effective Is Botox for Migraines?
Botox has proven to be an effective form of treatment for many patients who suffer from migraines. In fact, doctors first became aware of the headache-fighting properties of Botox after patients who were receiving the injections for wrinkle treatments consistently reported headache relief.
Several studies have been conducted of Botox headache treatments, and in one, almost half of the migraine patients who received two rounds of Botox shots said the number of headache days they experienced each month was cut in half.
Why Choose Our Practice?
We understand just how debilitating headaches can be, and we’re eager to work with you to determine if Botox for migraines is a solution for you. Contact us at ShineMD Medspa & Wellness Center in Houston, TX and schedule a consultation today.