Migraines or tension headaches are commonly caused by hyperactive forehead muscles especially the frown area, between the eyebrows.
Many people also suffer with headaches due to driving into the sun and squinting and sometimes by looking at computer screens for too many hours in the day. Tension headaches and migraines that are not responding appropriately to painkillers may benefit greatly from the use of muscle relaxing treatments such as Botox® (Botulinum Toxin). Botox® injections have been used for the treatment of chronic migraine sufferers since 2010, and has been approved as safe and effective for this use by the NHS in the UK.
Though studies have shown that treatment with Botox® is successful at reducing or eliminating headache pain for many patients, results are not typical for all patients.
Most individuals who opt for treatment of headaches with Botox® are often chronic sufferers whose lives have begun to be negatively impacted by the pain.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR BOTOX® TREATMENT?
Do nothing differently. Just go about your day to day activities as normal. Your skin will be cleaned at the time of the procedure so try not to use any products or cosmetics.
HOW DOES BOTOX® WORK ON HEADACHES?
The treatment consists of a series of intra-muscular injections, paralyzing them, and causing the muscular tension to relax.
This then helps to remove the trigger mechanisms that cause the problem in the first place. By eliminating the focus of the headaches, the frequency and intensity of the headaches is greatly reduced and symptomatic relief is achieved in almost all cases. The relaxation of muscular tension also seems to block one of the primary causes of migraines
HOW MANY BOTOX® TREATMENT SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
Botox® works within a few days but can take as long as up to 14 days for the full paralysing effects to show through. Botox® injections are not permanent, so we recommend repeat treatments at 3-4 monthly intervals to maintain the effects. To treat headaches with Botox®, in particular it must be remembered that, some individuals have very specific focal points and these may require treating every 3 months exactly.
Thousands of these treatments are performed every year, with astonishing results – noticeable from 2-14 days afterwards and lasting several months.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS OF BOTOX®?
The pain associated with injections is mild and no local anaesthetic is required. The needles used are very fine and approximately the same diameter as coarse human hair.
You will be able to drive and engage in all of your usual daily activities immediately after your injections. You may develop slight bruising at the injection sites, but otherwise there will be no visible signs of your skincare treatment.
ARE MUSCLE RELAXING INJECTIONS A SAFE TREATMENT FOR MIGRAINES?
It is important that the injections be made by a Practioner with good knowledge of facial anatomy, as the injections must be delivered to muscle, avoiding nerves and arteries. The treatment has a good safety record with few adverse reactions or secondary effects, however, this will be discussed with you in more depth during your consultation.