Botox for Migraines

We’ve all heard of Botox, responsible for generations of smooth foreheads in Hollywood. But Botox has also brought relief to many people who suffer from chronic medical conditions, such as migraines

Migraines can be extremely painful and negatively affect not only the lives of patients but also those around them. Serious migraines can cause debilitating pain, sensitivity to light and sound, blurry vision, nausea, vomiting, light-headedness and even fainting. Botox Therapeutic has proven to be a highly effective treatment for reducing the severity of tension headaches and migraines. Some patients have even had their migraines completely eradicated.

QUICK FACTS

CONCERNS: Migraine Headache Treatment
SUITABLE FOR: Age 18 + who have been diagnosed with chronic Migraines
TREATMENT PREP: nil. TREATMENT TIME: 30 min appointment
COURSE OF TREATMENT: Follow-up appointment 3 months for retreatment
RESULTS SEEN: Results generally cumulative over 1-3 treatments
REPEAT: Must have regularly every 3 months to see full benefit

Frequently Ask Questions

WHAT TYPE OF HEADACHE RESPONDS BEST TO BOTOX?

Botox is Health Canada Approved for chronic migraines, which means headache on 15 or more days a month. The more frequent the headaches, the better the patient does with Botox. Botox is not recommended for patients who experience fewer than 15 headache days a month.

WHAT IS BOTOX?

Botox is a form of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria that causes botulism. When the Botox botulinum toxin is purified and used in tiny doses in specific areas, it temporarily reduces muscle contractions for approximately 3 months. In regards to headaches Botox enters the nerve endings around where it is injected and blocks the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission. This prevents activation of pain networks in the brain.

HOW DOES BOTOX WORK FOR HEADACHES ?

Botox is injected around pain fibers that are involved in headaches. Botox enters the nerve endings around where it is injected and blocks the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission. This prevents activation of pain networks in the brain, reducing the intensity and frequency of migraines. Botox prevents migraine headaches before they start, but takes time to work.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO GET BOTOX FOR MIGRAINES?

At Face Cosmedics Medical Spa our experienced injectors follow the PREEMPT (PHASE III Research Evaluating Migraine Prophylaxis Therapy) PROTOCOL for administering Botox for your migraines. Injections are performed once every 3 months and at least 3 treatments should be completed prior to determining if the treatment is working for you.

Clients see increasing benefit with an increase in the number of treatment cycles. One treatment lasts for 10-12 weeks, and clients have reported that two Botox treatments reduced the number of headache days by approximately 50%.

HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO GET BOTOX FOR MIGRAINES?

Our Nurse Practioner will only inject Botox for your migraines if you are 18 years of age or older. Younger clients would need to discuss this treatment with their family physician as well as neurologist.

HOW CAN I GET BOTOX TREATMENTS PRESCRIBED FOR MIGRAINES?

You must obtain a prescription from your family practitioner or neurologist. Your Migraines must be managed by the prescriber. Our Nurse Practitioner will then perform the Botox treatment as long as it has been approved by your family practitioner or neurologist

CAN I GET MY BOTOX FOR MIGRAINES COVERED BY MY INSURANCE?

In Fort McMurray, Alberta Insurance companies may cover the cost of Botox for your migraines. Often, before your insurance company will approve Botox as a treatment for your chronic migraine, you typically must have tried and failed to respond to other preventative treatments. These might include anti-seizure medications, antidepressants, or blood pressure medications that are typically used to prevent migraine.

WHAT IS TREATMENT LIKE?

Receiving Botox treatment for migraines at Face Cosmedics Medical Spa in Fort McMurray, Alberta is quite straight forward. Expect the appointment to take about 30 minutes. Our Nurse Practitioner, uses a very small needle that feels like a pinprick. She injects small amounts of Botox into shallow muscles in the skin.

Each treatment typically involves 31 injections in the head and neck. It can take up to six months to see the maximum benefit from Botox. In the meantime, you can continue your regular medications with no risk of a drug interaction.