1164 E. Oakland Park Blvd Suite 201, Oakland Park, FL 33334

Botox For Migraines Specialist

American Pain Experts -  - Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Regenerative Medicine

American Pain Experts

Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Regenerative Medicine located in Oakland Park, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Botox® is best known as a popular cosmetic treatment, yet it was originally used to alleviate muscle spasms, and it has been approved to treat migraines for more than a decade. At American Pain Experts, Neel Amin, MD, has helped many patients reduce the frequency and pain of their migraines with Botox injections. To learn if you’re a good candidate, call the office in Oakland Park within Fort Lauderdale, Florida, or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.

Botox for Migraines Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox is an injectable medication made from botulinum toxin. When Dr. Amin injects Botox into precisely targeted areas of your head and neck, the medicine stops nerves from releasing chemicals that transmit pain messages.

What symptoms develop due to a migraine?

Migraine headaches last at least four hours and can continue for up to three days if you don’t get treatment. These intense headaches arise from a complex interaction of nerve and neurotransmitter activity, leading to inflammation and changes in blood vessels.

Additionally, migraines are triggered by many factors, ranging from caffeine, food additives, and bright lights, to weather changes and too little or too much sleep.

During your migraine, you experience:

  • Severe pain around one or both temples
  • Throbbing or pulsating pain
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and odors
  • Nausea and vomiting

It’s also common for a migraine to cause blurry vision and vertigo, which is when you feel like the room is spinning.

Who can receive Botox for migraines?

The US Food and Drug Administration approved Botox for the treatment of chronic migraines. 

Chronic migraine is defined as:

  • Having 15 or more headache days a month
  • At least eight of those days are migraine headaches
  • Each headache or migraine lasts four or more hours

If you qualify for Botox, the treatment significantly reduces the number of migraines you’ll have in the future, and when headaches develop, your symptoms will be less severe.

What should I expect during Botox treatment?

Dr. Amin injects Botox using a very fine or slim needle. During your procedure, which takes about 15 minutes, you receive multiple injections in specific sites around your head and neck.

You can go back to your normal daily routine as soon as your treatment is over. Dr. Amin gives you any post-treatment care instructions you may need. For example, it’s important not to rub the injection sites, and you can gently apply ice to treat temporary swelling or soreness.

When do results appear after getting Botox for migraines?

Your therapy begins with two Botox treatments spaced 12 weeks apart. Since Botox gradually wears off, you need to get a treatment every three months to maintain your results.

You may start to notice a reduction in symptoms and migraine frequency after four weeks. However, most patients experience optimal results by the second or third treatment.

If you have chronic migraines and you’d like to learn about Botox, call American Pain Experts or book an appointment online.