How Can Botox Help Stop Chronic Migraines?

How Can Botox Help Stop Chronic Migraines?

If you often suffer from migraine headaches, you might be wondering whether there is a way to prevent them. Botulin toxin injectables have been around for years. They are popular in the cosmetic industry and is famous for reducing signs of aging. 


Most people are aware of Botox and its use as a wrinkle-reducing treatment, but most do not realize that Botox can be used to treat migraines. Here is how Botox can help stop chronic migraines. 


Using Botox to Treat Migraines


Research suggests that neurotransmitters interrupt the pathways transmitting pain to muscles. Botox can prevent migraine headaches once injected into muscles around the neck, face, and head by disrupting this transmission where the muscles and nerves interact.


Why Use Botox for Your Migraines


Botox injections may be used to treat your migraines. Studies have shown that the injections are effective for preventing migraines in those who suffer from them chronically. This is an option for management alongside others such as lifestyle changes and medications. 


Headache specialists and neurologists have been using Botox as an option to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines for years now. If you suffer from chronic migraines, consider talking to your doctor about this treatment.


What to Expect During Botox Treatment 


During Botox treatment, the specialist injects the product into muscles under the skin that will target select areas (sometimes called trigger points) of the head, face, and neck. The temples, forehead, and back of the neck muscles are commonly treated and it can take multiple sessions before experiencing positive results.


Schedule of Botox Treatment


Most patients receive Botox injections every 12 weeks to prevent migraines. You may require several injections on each side. If the migraine pain is more severe on one side versus the other, you may need more injections in that location. Some patients require regular Botox treatments to keep the pain from returning.   


Side Effects of Botox Treatments


There are some risks associated with using Botox to treat migraine; however, most symptoms tend to be mild and may go away after a few hours. Some of those side effects include bruising, pain, and swelling at the injection site. These treatments should be performed by a qualified practitioner. Pregnant and nursing mothers should avoid using Botox. If you experience severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, or vision problems, please seek immediate medical care. 


For more on how Botox can help stop chronic migraines, call Rejuvenescence Oral & Facial Surgery, Dental Implants, and Cosmetics at (678) 562-8710 to reach our office in Duluth, Georgia. 

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