Migraine headaches can be debilitating, and in some people, can interrupt their normal activities on a frequent basis. Injection of Botulinum toxin A, commonly known as Botox, can be an effective measure to reduce the number of migraine headaches that disrupt your daily life and can reduce the need to take medication on a frequent basis. At Patrick Oâ€™Neill MD Plastic Surgery in Charleston, SC, we offer Botox injections for migraines.
What Is Botox?
Botulinum toxin A is a neurotoxin that is produced by a particular type of bacteria called Clostridium botulinums. It is marketed under the name Botox. The bacteria are responsible for the reaction to spoiled food called botulism, but research has found the toxin is useful for a number of health conditions. Very small amounts of the Botulinum toxin A can smooth facial wrinkles, reduce tics and improve muscles spasms in conditions such as cerebral palsy. Individuals who were treated with Botox for these problems reported that their migraine headaches were less severe, or they were pain-free for longer periods of time. As a result of further study for this use, Botox was approved for treatment of chronic migraine headaches in 2010.
How Does Botox Work for Migraines?
Researchers believe Botox works by blocking pain receptors and paralyzes the nerves that transmit pain signals to the brain. However, it is not a cure for migraines. As time passes, the effects of Botox wear off and headaches will return. Some people only need the Botox injections to control the incidence of migraine headaches. Others may require additional medication.
Where Do They Inject Botox for Migraines?
A series of 31 injections are administered into 7 specific areas of the face and neck. These areas are associated with nerve pathways that are involved in the transmission of headache pain. Sessions are scheduled about 12 weeks apart.
How Long Does Headache Relief from Botox Last?
Because everyone’s metabolism is different, the length of time Botox will continue to work to prevent migraines can vary. Generally, a round of Botox injections will last for about three months. If migraine headaches return before your next scheduled set of injections, medications can help to reduce discomfort until your next visit.
Are There Any Side Effects From Botox for Migraines ?
Botox has been determined to be a safe and effective method for dealing with frequent chronic migraines. Generally, side effects from Botox injection are rare, but my include discomfort at the site of injection and, for some people, headache after injection. Side effects generally resolve in a day or two. Some people may be allergic to Botox. If you do not have previous experience with Botox, talk to your doctor about any other allergic reactions you have had.
Make Patrick O’Neill MD Plastic Surgery Your Choice for Botox for Migraines
Dr. O’Neill, Dr. Swartz, and the team at Patrick O’Neill MD Plastic Surgery use their extensive training to help their patients in Charleston, SC and nearby communities achieve better health and a more attractive appearance. We provide a broad range of plastic surgery services. Call Dr. Patrick O’Neill today at 843-881-2130 for an appointment to learn more about the benefit of Botox for migraine headaches.