Botox® injections can be used to prevent migraines by targeting specific areas of the head and neck to relax the muscles and thus reduce blood pressure so preventing the nerves from sending signals that lead to a migraine. It involves about series of 31 tiny Botox® injections into various sites across the forehead, temples, back of the head, neck and top of the shoulders.
When Botox® is injected the release of acetylcholine is blocked which prevents the contraction of the muscle. Abnormal muscle contraction is reduced by Botox® which allows the muscle(s) to become less stiff. In migraine, it is thought that Botox® relaxes muscles that may be otherwise sensitive to pain.
It involves about series of 31 tiny injections into various sites across the forehead,temples,back of the head,neck and top of the shoulders
It feels like tiny pin pricks in each of the 31 locations. Very needles same as used by diabetics is used and the injections are done at a relatively fast pace. A 45 min time slot is allowed for the appointment.
The treatment will kick in about 7 days in terms of relaxing the susceptible muscles. This may translate into fewer and less intense migraines to almost complete cessation after regular treatment. The benefit may last upto 3 months and longer in some cases.
Although there is overall benefit each individual will vary in response based on various factors such as chronicity, baseline frequency intensity and response of muscles to Botox®.
Successive treatments are done at about 3-4 month interval.
As the effect of Botox® is to relax the muscles ,sometimes the resultant weakness maybe more than expected. This can cause a lid droop when forehead muscles are done or a shoulder and neck weakness when these regions are treated. However ,as the Botox is slowly digested by the body the weakness will spontaneously resolve and improve over a matter of weeks.
No Botox® treatments are done for pregnant or lactating women. If you are on any blood thinners, then please inform your clinician beforehand.
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