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What Is a Migraine?
Migraine is a headache that can range in intensity from moderate to severe and can affect one or both sides of the head. Patients requesting Botox for migraines even experience the duration of such headaches to last for several hours, days, or even weeks.
On the other hand, a chronic migraine is more painful than a headache. Many patients complain of migraine headaches that last longer than 15 days per month and sometimes even up to three months. Suffering from such a condition can not only seriously affect your quality of life but is also physically and emotional crippling for most people.
Common Migraine Symptoms
Some of the most reported symptoms of a chronic migraine include:
- Throbbing headaches
- Nausea / vomiting
- Eyesight issues such as spots or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to loud sounds, strong smells, or bright lights
- Sensations of pins & needles, tingling, and numbness
Botox for Migraines & Headaches (Tension/Cluster)
It has been shown that Botox treatment which is widely used to correct facial wrinkles, can also help alleviate intense headaches, nauseous feeling, and dizziness that are associated with chronic migraines.
Botulinum toxin is an approved migraine medication by Food and Drug Administration, that temporarily relaxing target muscles in the shoulders, neck, and forehead to block nerve pathways that carry pain signals. Hence, relieving migraine-related discomfort and suffering.
How Does Botox Work for a Chronic Migraine?
In an event of chronic migraine attacks, your body releases neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers related to pain. Botox works by suppressing the pain transmission to different parts of your body.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, when botulinum toxin is injected into the muscles of the face, neck, and head, the medication relaxes them.
Botox for migraine affects the nerves by blocking the neurotransmission or pain signals between the brain and nerves triggering symptoms of migraine
What Causes Migraines?
Chronic migraine headaches 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.
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
Different Types of Headaches / Migraine
Aura Migraine or Complicated Migraine
It consists of a series of sensory and visual problems such as trouble speaking clearly, seeing black spots and zigzags, and tingling numbness on one side of the body. Aura lasts for 10 to 30 minutes and starts right before or during a migraine.
Aura-free Migraine or Common Migraine
A headache without an aura is marked by throbbing or pulsating pain on one side of the head.
Most patients reported symptoms such as:
- Sensitivity to light
- Sound sensitivity
- Pain that becomes worse with strenuous activity
- Vomiting or nauseous feeling
When you get a headache for more than 15 days over consecutive weeks, you may have a chronic migraine. Even though the intensity of the headache and symptom severity may change from day to day, many days seem to be typical for a migraine.
Unquestionably one of the most debilitating types of headaches anyone may have are cluster headaches. The area around and above your eyes, at your temples, and all the way to the back of your head may feel like burning with pounding pain in an event of a cluster headache. Moreover, the affected person may also have runny nose and red or puffy eyes.
Botox for Migraine — What to Expect?
After a detailed consultation with a headache specialist at CosmeDocs for your migraine headaches, begin your migraine treatment. The doctor uses a very fine needle to inject botulinum toxin into the target muscles under your skin in multiple “trigger points” such as:
- Back of the head
Such a therapy is usually tailored for a patient’s specific anatomy and pain points. Following your Botox shots, you may go about your routine as usual without a pause.
Migraine Treatment Benefits
- An ideal preventative measure against headaches and episodic migraine
- Reduces severity and frequency of migraine pain
- Safe solution approved and endorsed by the American Migraine Foundation
- Long term relief from spells of headache days
- Effectively complements acute migraine medications
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Frequently Asked Questions
How many Botox shots are typically needed to treat chronic migraine headaches?
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. Botox works to prevent headaches and chronic migraine with different doses than on and off.
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 migraine headaches, we recommend our patients to talk to their physicians before making the decision to use botox for headaches or migraines.
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Does Botox injection cause pain or discomfort?
The Botox for migraine is approved by Food and Drug Administration and is a quite safe injectable treatment.
During the session, patients have reported minimal pain to no discomfort. You may experience slight bruising, swelling and muscle weakness, but that is usually temporary.
It also results in the treatment of forehead wrinkles as a side effect. Make sure to follow the doctor’s aftercare advise to make the most out of your therapy.
How does Botox help 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 migraine pain after receiving the Botox injections in the first treatment session.
Additional treatment cycles are usually required to prevent headaches frequency and intensity. Moreover, may patients have also reported an improvement in your shoulder or neck pain.
Where are Botox injections injected to treat chronic migraine?
Generally, small quantities of botulinum toxin 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?
Injections of Botox 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.
Who Makes A Good Candidate For Botox Headache/Migraine Treatment?
If you’re an adult who experiences frequent, severe migraine headaches, you could be a good candidate to receive Botox injections. Botox should only be administered to patients who experience 14 or fewer headache days every month.
Consultations with our Botox experts can help you determine whether Botox injections are the best option for treating your chronic headaches.
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 against spells of chronic migraine.
Are there any side effects of Botox for migraines?
Most people report minimal to no pain after receiving Botox, and it is considered to be fairly safe. Your Botox for migraines treatment may have some slight side effects, such as:
- Bruising, redness, or swelling around the injection sites
- Dryness in mouth
- Fatigue or tiredness
- Temporary Muscle weakness
- Tension or stiffness in the neck.
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