BOTOX® is famous for getting rid of wrinkles and frown lines. But, over the past few years, a further Botox treatment discovery has been made: Patients with migraines have found their migraine attacks decreased after Botox treatments. Why was this happening? Was it just a coincidence?
How Does It Work?
Doctors believe that the mechanism behind the BOTOX® Migraine relief is that, in addition to relaxing muscles, the drug may interfere with the transmission of nerve pain signals.
In your body, a chemical (neurotransmitter) known as acetylcholine sends signals for muscles to contract. BOTOX® as a toxin binds the nerve endings, blocking the release of the chemical. Essentially, your muscles don’t get the message to contract, and so they relax. In a proper treatment, the muscles won’t contract (causing wrinkles), but will still have enough strength for normal use.
Compared to other treatments for migraines, which often produce side effects like upset stomach, weight gain and drowsiness, 95% of the patients studied did not experience any side effects from BOTOX® treatments.
Deciding where to give the injections is really still in the experimental stages, but doctors have been following a “follow the pain” concept, giving injections at the forehead, temples and neck.
The Good News…
There’s lots of good news when it comes to BOTOX® for Migraines. First, it has an excellent safety record and has less side effects than other migraine medications. It may be especially helpful for patients who are taking a great deal of other medications and need to stop. Or, if your medication is expensive you may find that injections of Botox every 4 – 6 months is cheaper. Secondly, in addition to less frequent and less severe migraines, less wrinkles and frown lines!
Rejuvenate Doctor offers 50% off BOTOX® to all new patients and in addition we often have special offers and coupons. If you feel you may be a candidate for Migraine relief with BOTOX®, please call (954) 925-8100 to schedule a consultation with one of our board certified doctors.