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 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.
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:
It’s also common for a migraine to cause blurry vision and vertigo, which is when you feel like the room is spinning.
The US Food and Drug Administration approved Botox for the treatment of chronic migraines.
Chronic migraine is defined as:
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.
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.
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.