Botox is well known for treatment of wrinkles, but it has a variety of other uses. One of these uses is the prevention of chronic migraines. Chronic migraines can be a debilitating condition. Sufferers of chronic migraines render a person completely out of commission for hours or days depending on the duration of the migraine. These headaches are often accompanied by nausea and light sensitivity.
Who can benefit from Botox for migraines?
Botox has been approved by the FDA for use in preventing chronic migraines, defined as migraines that last for four hours or longer for 15 or more days in a month. People who have less frequent or severe migraines may also benefit from neurotoxin treatment, but may also respond to other therapy options.
With a series of Botox injections into strategic points in the head and neck, people with chronic migraines can experience relief from the condition. While Botox has been proven effective in preventing chronic migraines, it does not prevent every migraine day in a month. If a person experiences a migraine headache while on Botox therapy, it is still okay to use other prescription medications to relieve the migraine.
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How long does a Botox treatment last?
It’s important to start off with at least two sessions, once every twelve weeks, in order to see full results. Botox treatments can prevent up to nine headache days a month after full acclimatization. Your doctor will most likely recommend that you keep a headache diary to keep track of the number of headache days you have per month. This will allow you to track your progress under the Botox treatment.
Botox as used for prevention of chronic migraines is an ongoing treatment, with injections every three months. It’s important to talk to a doctor with experience in Botox injections to see if the treatment is right for you. A board-certified, leading dermatologist such as Dr. Isaac will be able to create a treatment plan tailored to be most effective for you.
Botox for Migraines FAQs
You may have questions regarding the use of Botox as a preventative migraine treatment. We’ve provided answers to some common questions below.
Q: Does Botox for migraines hurt?
A: Dr. Isaac uses an extremely fine needle for all Botox injections, and there is usually no pain. If a patient is worried, a topical numbing cream can be used to guarantee a pain-free experience.
Q: How long does a Botox treatment take?
A: A Botox injection session typically only takes around ten minutes. There’s no downtime needed, so patients are free to go about their day as soon as the session is over.
Q: What are the side effects?
A: Side effects of Botox treatment are uncommon. The most common side effect of Botox for migraines is a sore neck. If you experience more serious side effects, consult with your doctor immediately.
Q: How long do the effects of Botox last?
A: The results of Botox typically last 3-4 months. Patients are encouraged to schedule follow up appointments on a regular basis to prevent debilitating migraines.
Schedule a consultation about Botox for migraines today!
If you suffer from chronic migraines fifteen days of the month or more, with each migraine lasting over four hours, you may be a candidate for a Botox preventative treatment. To find out more and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Melda Isaac at MI Skin Dermatology Center, call (202) 393-SKIN (7546) today!