Migraine Treatment Using Botox



According to the American Migraine Foundation, a migraine(sometime just referred to as "migraine") is a "disabling neurological disease with different symptoms and different treatment approaches compared to other headache disorders." 

Neuromodulators such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin has been used for generations to smooth out forehead lines and frown lines in the aesthetic world. However, they can also be beneficial for severe chronic Migraine as well. Botox has been FDA approved for treatment of chronic migraine, meaning headaches that last more than 15 days a month. When you get Botox treatment for migraine, expect the appointment to take 20-25 minutes. Each treatment typically involves 31 injections in 7 key areas of head and neck. Every three months you'll receive 31 shots (totaling up to 155 units of Botox.

How does Botox work to control the migraine?

 When a migraine strikes, your body releases substances called neurotransmitters and molecules that are associated with pain. Botulinum toxin interferes with the transmission of these substances, typically where the nerves and muscles meet. Research has shown that when the drug is injected into the muscles around the face, head and neck, it is taken up by the nerves and interferes with pain-associated neurotransmission.

What to expect after the injections of Botox?

It can take several weeks and multiple treatments before you start experiencing relief from your migraines. Some patients find they can discontinue injections without frequent migraines returning. Others need regular treatments to keep migraines under control.