Typically, when you think or hear the word “Botox” you immediately think of a way to diminish fine lines or wrinkles. Botox is commonly used amongst both women and men as a form of anti-aging treatment that helps keep their youthful appearance. There is more to Botox than just keeping a younger appearance and fighting the various signs of aging. Botox, also referred to as botulinum toxin, is an FDA-approved treatment that can be used to help those who suffer from chronic migraines. It can also be used for individuals who experience fifteen headaches or more a month.
How Botox for Headaches Works
When an individual decides to receive Botox treatments in order to combat chronic migraines or headaches, it’s important to know how the treatment works. The treatment involves botulinum toxin, which is a protein that blocks certain chemicals in the brain. Results have shown that there is an 85 percent success rate for individuals who choose to receive Botox treatments for chronic migraines.
What You Should Know
If you or someone you know is considering Botox to help with headaches or chronic migraines there are a few things you should know.
1) There is specific criteria an individual must meet in order to be a candidate for Botox. A minimum of 15 headaches must be experienced each month and these headaches must last for four or more hours at a time.
2) You and your doctor must have tried at least two other methods of controlling the pain that failed.
3) Each Botox procedure requires 31 separate injections. These injections are placed in the head, neck and shoulders. To some, this may seem like a lot, but the process is extremely fast. Usually it is finished within 15 minutes, and the needle is very tiny. Most individuals experience very minimal pain and discomfort during their treatment.
4) While Botox does reduce migraines and headaches significantly, you may still experience breakthrough headaches from time to time.
5) There may be a chance that your insurance will cover the injections, it is something you can always inquire about.
6) Botox for headaches is not intended for cosmetic purposes. So, chances are you will not notice a change in your appearance following the treatments. Following the treatment, you will likely notice small, red bumps where the injections were placed, but these are typically gone shortly after leaving the office.
For more information regarding Botox for headaches, contact our office or visit us at 6729 Spanish Fort Blvd. Ste BC in Spanish Fort, Alabama or call us at (251) 525-8446!