Botox Cosmetic has been successfully used for more than 10 years to relax the muscles of facial expression that cause wrinkles. In 2010, the FDA approved Botox as a preventative treatment for patients with chronic migraine headaches. Chronic migraine patients are those who experience headaches more than 15 days a month and lasting for more than 4 hours. Botox does not cure migraine headaches but decreases their frequency.
How does Botox work?
Botox is a purified protein that is used to relax muscles. The Botox blocks nerve impulses to muscles so they cannot contract. It is a temporary effect that lasts 3-4 months and eventually wears off. This is the same Botox used for cosmetic reasons.
How does Botox help migraines?
It is really not known how Botox helps to prevent migraine headaches. It is possible that relaxing certain muscles prevents the triggering of migraines. It is also possible that Botox blocks the transmission of nerve impulses that directly cause the migraine headaches.
How is Botox used to prevent migraines?
Botox is injected using very small needle during an office visit. The skin is prepped with alcohol before each injection. There are a total of 31 Botox injections in 7 sites scattered around the head and neck. These include the forehead, temples, and the back of neck and head as well as the shoulders. A total of 155 units of Botox is injected. A typical session should take 15-20 minutes.
When will I see effects from the Botox?
It is possible to see effects as early as 2 weeks after being injected. However most patients will require 2-3 treatment sessions spaced 12 weeks apart to determine if the Botox is effective.
What are the side effects of Botox injections for migraines?
Botox has a remarkable safety record. The most common side effects are neck pain and headache which usually resolve on their own.
How do I get Botox for Migraines?
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