If you experience at least five migraines throughout one month and it hasn’t yet responded to preventative measures or drug treatment, then you may be a suitable candidate for Botox to treat them. The substance works as a muscle relaxant to alleviate the disabling pain. In clinical trials conducted in 1992, patients reported a significant relief to the migraine after the injections and significant decrease in frequency.
Botox injections are temporary, so you will need to follow up appointments every 6-9 months and results can take up to two weeks before they are noticed. The injections will not provide an aesthetic result of treating wrinkles and lines. A series of approximately 30 injections are carefully administered into points on the forehead, temples, neck, bridge of the nose, back of the head, and the upper shoulders and back.
The process begins with a consultation where we will discuss your reason for treatment and determine whether you are a suitable candidate.
The practitioner will make a series of injections to administer the substance. We can apply a topical anaesthetic to minimise discomfort. The unit will vary depending on the size of the area and the severity of the concern. You may feel a very slight scratch as the injections enter the skin.
In some cases, the nurse may inject a lower dosage than initially expected – this is standard practice when treating forehead wrinkles, particularly if you have a small forehead. It is essential to assess how your muscles react to the treatment to avoid eyebrow or eyelid drooping. Your nurse will discuss a follow-up appointment to administer the rest of the Botox.
The nurse or doctor will make a series of injections surrounding pain fibres that cause the headaches into the nerve endings. By blocking these nerve endings, it interferes with the chemicals that the brain associates with pain.
Botox for migraines can take a few weeks to start working, and you may experience a migraine in the meantime. You may require a top-up Botox session that the nurse or Doctor would repeat around three months after your initial Botox treatment.
No, there is no downtime, but you may experience slight bruising at the injection site.
To request a general consultation regarding Botox with one of our doctors or injectable nurses, please complete this form. Please note these appointments carry a booking deposit fee of £50.
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