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Botox for Migraines & Headaches(Tension/Cluster)
Botox has been approved by the FDA (USA) due to its effectiveness and safety. Different from the regular headaches, migraines and cluster headaches are a lot worse, some of the symptoms caused by these conditions including searing pain on one or both side, nausea and visual disturbances, sweating, vomiting, shortness of breath and increased sensitivity to light, smells or sound.
Types of Migraines & Their Causes
Migraines affect around 25% of women in the UK and 1 in 12 men at some point in their lives, while cluster headaches are less common, affecting maybe 1 in 1,000 people. It’s important to know that there are different types of headaches and migraines, and not all of them can be treated with botox.
Migraine headaches are usually one-sided, the pain settling behind one eye and occurring sporadically or frequently. The attacks may last between 4 and 24 hours, symptoms being the ones mentioned above.
This type of migraines can be caused by:
- Stress and bright sunlight
- Changes in sleep patterns or diet
- Oral contraceptives
- Strong odours
- Nitrates in certain foods or alcohol
Other types of migraines, which are less common, include menstrual migraines, which are associated with periods and manifest through similar symptoms as migraines with aura, abdominal migraines which are more frequent in children, ocular migraines which cause temporary vision loss and hemiplegic migraines which are rare and cause the previously mentioned symptoms, plus weakness on one side of the body.
What makes Botox efficient in treating Migraines
Botox (Botulinum Toxin type A) is used mostly for
- Aesthetic purposes
- For filling up wrinkles
- Correcting fine lines on the face
But it is also used in ophthalmologic conditions. It is a substance that paralyses the muscles by blocking the release of a certain neurotransmitter. The effects of botox last for about 3-4 months, until the muscle recovers, so this is why the injections have to be repeated several times a year when used for wrinkles and facial lines.
Although it’s not entirely clear how botox reduces the frequency of migraines or the intensity of attacks, it is believed that the relaxing effect this substance has on the overactive muscles it’s the reason botox for migraines prove effective. Botox is also believed to inhibit the release of certain neurotransmitters which are involved in the pain processing systems, and this is why the substance is used in lower back pain, in treating bladder pain, neuropathic pain and Myofascial pain as well.
Several studies were taken on the effects of botox on headaches and migraines, but results showed this substance is only effective in treating and preventing migraine and cluster headaches, but not a good remedy against other types of headaches.
Commonly patients may present with
- One or more of the 3 trigger points in the forehead, temples or at the back of the head?
- Avoiding bright light during an episode
Cluster headaches cause intense pain which is throbbing or constant and associated with a sensation of burning. The pain is located behind one eye or in the eye region and doesn’t change its side. The manifestations can occur several times per day and can disappear for months, returning when one is exposed to the triggers. Cluster headaches are triggered by the same factors as migraines with aura.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How many injections for migraine treatment with botox?
There are up to 31 possible injection sites in the upper face, temples, neck, and shoulders. Experience of the clinician is important to be able to decide which trigger points need to be included thereby lowering the dose and cost. Chronic migraine is treated with different doses than on and off.
Why visit a cosmetic doctor for migraines?
Why visit a cosmetic doctor for migraines?
Cosmetic doctors have long used botox for medical conditions such as bruxism (teeth clenching) and excessive sweating. Our physicians are experts at injecting botox with good cosmetic results, as the muscles we inject the substance into are also responsible for controlling facial expressions. Also, the costs tend to be less at cosmetic clinics due to their constant use of botox.
CosmeDocs is among the first clinics to offer treatment with botox for migraines in the UK, our team of professionals having vast experience in injecting botox. Patients who have been diagnosed are welcome.
Given that there are other treatments available to people affected by chronic migraines, we recommend our patients to talk to their physicians before making the decision to use botox for headaches or migraines.
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Is Botox Treatment For Migraine Cause Pain Or Discomfort?
The botox for migraine treatment cause minimal pain and discomfort. The patient may have slight bruising, swelling and muscle weakness. It also results in the treatment of forehead wrinkles as a side effect. These conditions are temporary and usually fade away in few days.
How Effective Is The Botox Treatment For Treating Migraines?
Most of the patients who undertook Botox injections for migraines reported a significant reduction in the frequency of headaches and migraines. Patients may not experience instant improvement in the headaches and migraines after receiving the Botox injections in the first treatment session. Additional, follow-up treatments are required for further improvements in pain associated with migraine and headaches.
Where Are Botox Injections Injected For The Treatment Of Migraines?
Generally, small quantities of botox are injected into seven specific areas including forehead, temples, neck, nasal bridge, head’s back, upper shoulders and back, according to the migraine symptoms.
How long does Botox for migraines take to start working?
Botox or Azzalure may start to work from several days to two weeks after however, chronic migraines do take longer to subside. Some patients do not start to see an improvement until after their second treatment 3-4 months later.
How much does treatment for migraines with botox cost?
In London & UK botox treatment for migraines will cost from £300-£550 depending on the dose and areas required. Most physicians start with a lower dose and increase as required to see the minimum required dose is.
What are different types of dermal fillers?
There are two broad types of dermal fillers, permanent and non-permanent. Permanent ones include silicon-based ones. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are temporary but long-lasting. The safety of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers far exceeds that of silicon or other permanent fillers with over 20 years of medical research.
How Often Do I Need To Receive Botox Treatment For Migraines?
Generally, the Botox treatment is repeated after every 4-6 months for effective results.
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