Botox®, famous for its aesthetic ability to smooth out facial wrinkles, is now FDA approved for the treatment of chronic migraine headaches. Chronic migraines affect approximately 3.2 million Americans, with women being three times more likely to be diagnosed with the condition. Migraine headaches can be extremely debilitating, limiting patient’s social and professional interactions and compromising their quality of life.
A migraine is a type of headache that begins as a dull ache and then turns into a constant, throbbing pain. Patients who suffer from migraine headaches often complain of nausea and a sensitivity to light and sound. Triggers that set off migraines are different for every patient – and can include your lifestyle, the foods you eat, and a family history. Someone who suffers from chronic migraines has symptoms at least fifteen days a month with each headache lasting four or more hours.
Administering Botox® for migraine headaches is a simple, well tolerated procedure that can be performed in the office in a matter of minutes. The number and location of the injection sites depend on the pain distribution and are different for each patient. On average, the healing effect of a single Botox® treatment will last up to 3 months. The cost of the Botox® treatment will vary from one patient to another depending on the severity of symptoms and the amount of Botox® needed to treat them.
Other scientific studies and our experience confirm that Botox® injections can be used to decrease the quantity and severity of tension headaches as well. If you are one of the 3.2 million Americans suffering from migraines or tension headaches, speak with your practitioner today to find a treatment plan that is right for you. Start relieving your headache symptoms today.