While we all love autumn, it has its downsides. It’s officially flu season. And you know what that means – migraines. So as we’re enjoying crunchy leaves and pumpkin spice lattes, we’re also massaging our temples. Fortunately, at the Center for Sinus, Sleep & Facial Plastic Surgery, we have solutions to help you. Did you know that botox is one such solution? That’s right. If you’re wondering how botox can help your migraines, keep reading to find out.
What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin (or BoNT) is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Its brand names include “Botox,” “Dysport,” and “Xeomin.” When discussing this kind of injectable treatment, the name “Botox” has become synonymous. Botox works by interfering with transmissions between nerve cells. It is principally responsible for blocking a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.
Can Botox Treat Migraines?
In 2010, the FDA approved Botox as a treatment for migraines. In particular, Botox is used to help those with chronic migraines. Chronic migraines have a few key elements:
- They last 15+ days per month
- Each individual headache extends past four hours
The American Migraine Foundation estimates that roughly 39 million American people suffer from migraine. Migraines might include severe pain in the head, nausea, or photosensitivity. One of the functions of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine is pain reception. Since Botox obstructs the movement of acetylcholine between nerve cells, it helps alleviate migraine pain.
What Are the Results of Botox Treatment for Migraines?
Since Botox blocks acetylcholine, it can mitigate some of the issues that migraine sufferers face. It can ease pain, spasms, and tightness in the head. Research indicates that migraine sufferers reported both fewer and less intense migraines. So they have them less often, and they don’t hurt as bad. Since Botox treatments can give your body a bit of a furlough from pain, it can heal from the damage caused by the migraines.
What is the Botox Procedure Like?
At the Center for Sinus, Sleep, & Facial Plastic Surgery, our process is quick and efficient. You’ll begin with a free consult, wherein the doctor will assess your needs. Anesthesia is generally not required. Dr. Tadros will utilize a small needle to perform an injection. It typically takes around a week or two for you to notice the effects. Prior to receiving Botox treatment, the doctor suggests abstaining from alcohol.
You may notice pain or itching at the injection site. Please avoid touching or scratching near the site. Research suggests that recipients of just two rounds of treatment reported that their total number of migraines decreased by half. Because the procedure is both fast and effective, we cannot recommend it enough.
After the injection, the doctor advises that you keep your face upright for at least four hours. Refrain from exercising for at least a day. Remember to reach out if you believe you are undergoing any adverse side effects.
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