The last thing you need during your busy day is an agonizing headache that won’t go away. Chronic migraine treatments include pain medications that help reduce symptoms, but not all people respond well to them.
In 2010, Botox gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval as a migraine treatment. You’re probably wondering: “Isn’t Botox for wrinkles?” Botox gained popularity for reducing wrinkles in the 90s and early 2000s, but in 2010, it was finally approved for migraines. It’s now widely used around the world.
Botox works well for about 60% of the population. Compared to other headache treatments, it’s twice as effective. Unlike most medications, the Botox injectable prevents the onset of the headache.
The drug works by dampening signals from the nerves to the muscles – so the injected muscle relaxes and is unable to contract. The leading hypothesis is that Botox quiets down chemicals that cause inflammation and migraine pain.
Are there any side effects associated with Botox injections? Not everyone experiences side effects, but if you do, they are minimal and quickly dissipate.
Keep in mind that only patients suffering from chronic migraines are eligible for treatment with Botox. According to Migraine Trust, a chronic migraine is defined as a headache occurring on 15 or more days each month.
The Botox treatment for migraines is performed in our med spa and the procedure takes about 20 minutes. The injections take effect in a few days and the results last approximately four months!
If you’re interested in learning more about Botox, we’d love to have you in for a consultation. Book your appointment at www.lartebellezza.com today!