We talk a lot about how useful Botox is for fixing fine lines and wrinkles…but what about other ways it’s used in medicine? It turns out this simple neurotoxin is also remarkably effective at relieving migraine symptoms for a significant number of patients. In fact, it’s efficacy as a treatment is so high that many insurance plans are now actively covering Botox as a treatment for resistant migraines. We’ll tell you about the impressive results people are seeing and what you need to know to decide if it’s right for you in this post.
How it Works
Botox for migraines isn’t the same as Botox for wrinkles, but the delivery method and treatment process is very similar. A skilled technician or medical provider preps and injects the modified neurotoxin into small muscle groups around the face, head, and neck at certain nerve bundle points known to cause or influence migraines. This slightly paralyzes tiny muscle fibers, forcing them to relax if they’re in spasm.
Trigger point locations generally include spots along the nose, at the temples, on or around the forehead, or at the back of the scalp and then downwards along the neck and upper back. Some patients may need injections further down the back or even in the upper portion of the pectoral muscles.
How Often do Migraine Sufferers Require Treatments?
Initially, you may need just a single injection session or a short series of sessions depending on where you experience the most pain. For example, if you only struggle with your occipital nerves along the scalp, you may only require localized injections in this area. If you also struggle with back pain, your provider may recommend additional injections down the spine.
Generally, migraine sufferers need injections every three to six months to maintain results; some may find their migraines cured in as little as one treatment. Most patients see a gradual lessening of the return of symptoms over time, even if they do need additional sessions.
Who is Botox For?
According to Healthline.com, Botox is most appropriate for patients who experience migraines at least 15 days out of the month. These individuals are considered “chronic” sufferers and may also respond poorly to other medications, like triptans or tricyclic antidepressants. While it shouldn’t be used by patients who are immunocompromised or otherwise “ill,” it’s perfectly appropriate for the vast majority of otherwise healthy patients.
Is Botox for Migraines Right for You?
Ask your treatment provider or physician. If you’ve struggled with finding a solution that works, Botox injections may help you finally see results. However, as with any medication, it’s important to understand the associated risks. Most people don’t experience any real side effects from Botox (aside from mild redness or stinging from the injection process). Talk to the experts at Berlet Plastic Surgery today to learn more.