How Can Botox Help with Migraines?
There are many misconceptions about Botox around and how it can be used. CoLaz is here to offer our expertise and guide you through both the cosmetic and non-cosmetic uses of the injection.
Botulinum toxin type A; better known to all as the brand Botox®, has been popular for its cosmetic improvement properties ever since it was first FDA approved back in 2002 for such use.
The toxin blocks the nerve signal transmissions of specific facial muscles, causing them to be less active and effectively reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Lesser known perhaps,are the medical properties of Botox for chronic migraine prevention.
Migraines are a complex medical condition, being so much more than just a mere headache for the sufferer. Migraine attacks can cause severe pulsating pain and last from hours up to a few days at a time.
Symptoms include an increased sensitivity to light and sound, as well as nausea and vomiting. The pain can be disabling, and people who experience them can be crippled by chronic migraines for over 14 days every month.
As well as affecting health, migraines can affect family, work and a person’s social life too. Botox is the first and only FDA-approved preventative treatment available for chronic migraines.
This means the treatment cannot be considered a “cure-all” solution, but rather should be used as a pre-emptive measure for migraine sufferers.
The History of Botox and Migraines
During the rise of popularity of using Botox for cosmetic purposes, many people reported an improvement in headaches following their injections. After the series of clinical trials that followed, it was discovered that patients who received Botox had on average eight fewer days of headaches per month than those on the placebo injection.
Botox was eventually licensed specifically for the preventative treatment of chronic migraines in 2010. Using Botox injections as a preventative measure is an option for people who have migraines that last four hours or more on a regular basis.
In its purified form, the botulinum toxin acts as a neuromuscular blocking agent. When Botox is injected, it paralyzes the chosen muscle by preventing the release of the organic chemical acetylcholine from the nerve endings. The muscle must then strengthen itself again as the nerves regenerate.
The History of Botox and Migraines
When used for migraine treatment, Botox is injected in small quantities into the skin in different places; the front, sides and back of the head, as well as the back of the neck.
The paralysis caused by the injections is to relax the muscles, which can significantly reduce the migraine triggers in these areas.The injections are minor and relatively pain-free. Many people have likened them to an ant bite.
Treatment should be repeated roughly every 12 weeks otherwise you may not see the full benefits. Please bear in mind, Botox is not designed to cure chronic migraines, but it may offer relief from the pain.
Possible rare side effects may include some bruising, minor swelling and a slight headache after the injections. Paracetamol can be taken to relieve this and it’s rare for any of the side effects to last for very long after the treatment.
A more serious, but rare complication is the possibility of "ptosis"—or eyelid droop—which only happens if the toxin tracks into the eyelid muscle. The best results from Botox, with minimal side effects, occur when you visit and receive your injections from experienced specialists.
Whether you are considering Botox for cosmetic or non-cosmetic purposes, CoLaz can offer advice and guidance. Please book a consultation at your nearest CoLaz salon to discuss the therapy with one of our certified professionals. We will talk you through the process, help you decide if Botox is suitable for you and guide you through a treatment plan tailored to you and your needs.
We do not recommend Botox injections for anyone who is pregnant, breastfeeding or has plans to become pregnant.
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