Botox For Migraines
Botox for Migraines
Botox injections are an effective treatment in preventing chronic migraines.
Botox (botulinum toxin) is more commonly known as a popular anti-aging treatment to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles; However, it was also discovered to be effective for people suffering from chronic migraines; people who had Botox experienced fewer headaches.
Botox is even approved for use on the NHS as treatment of chronic migraine in adults. Chronic migraines can be defined as having 3 months of at least 15 days of headaches a month, of which at least 8 days have migraine symptoms such as nausea, light sensitivity, pulsating or lateralised pain.
Doctors suggest that Botox injections work to reduce the severity and frequency of migraine attacks by blocking chemicals called neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from within your brain.
Botox is given in a series of small, painless injections under the skin or into the muscles in and around your forehead, above the ears, and into the neck. Injections are given roughly every 12 weeks until your migraines have changed to episodic for three months in a row, or there is a significant improvement. The goal is not to become completely free of headaches or migraines but to convert them from chronic to episodic, significantly improving your quality of life.
Natasha Lucy Clinics is one of few clinics licenced and trained to give Botox for the purpose of migraine relief.
We require the patient to be formally diagnosed with chronic migraines by either a GP or neurologist in order to have treatment at Natasha Lucy Clinics.
Patients without a diagnosis of chronic migraines cannot be treated alongside those that have neck weakness. The latter will be assessed prior to treatment.
Botox is only for those suffering from chronic migraine and not regular headaches. In addition, it is not recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding to have this treatment, as well as if you have any neurological disease such as Bell’s palsy. If you have recently (within the last 3 months) had cosmetic Botox, side effects could be increased.
Expect results to last from around 3-6 months.
Efficiency cannot be formally assessed until the patient has had at least two treatments, 3 months apart.
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