BOTOX Injections for Migraines

May 9, 2019 — by Dr. Gregory Stainer
Tags: Botox

A woman with a migraine headacheAccording to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), more than 7.4 million BOTOX® injections were performed in 2018. BOTOX Cosmetic injections are a popular anti-aging and wrinkle reduction treatment, but you not realize that this injectable solution has other uses. Did you know, for instance, that BOTOX injections can be used to treat chronic migraine headaches? It’s true. BOTOX injections have helped many patients in the greater Bakersfield, CA who suffer from severe migraines.

Dr. Gregory A. Stainer and the team at Southwest Eye Care and Laser would like to consider how BOTOX can be helpful for people with migraines. We’ll note some common questions and concerns that patients often have below.

About Migraine Headaches

Migraines are a type of debilitating headache that causes severe, throbbing pain that usually affects one side of the head.

A migraine headache is typically accompanied by light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, nausea, vomiting, blind spots, flashes of light, blurry vision, and tingling in the face or extremities. A migraine headache can last anywhere from four hours to four days.

Treating a migraine typically involves the use of medications for prevention and pain relief, as well as recognizing potential triggers of migraine headaches.

BOTOX Is FDA Approved for Chronic Migraines

In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved BOTOX injections for the treatment of chronic migraine headaches. Chronic migraines are defined as migraines that affect a person for 15 or more days each month, and there is a consistent history of migraines in that person’s medical history. If you do not suffer from chronic migraines, BOTOX injections cannot be used as treatment.

How BOTOX Migraine Treatment Works

Several BOTOX injections will be made around a person’s head and neck. The BOTOX will block areas where pain is transmitted, reducing the severity of discomfort caused by migraines when attacks occur.

Patients will receive a series of shots once every 12 weeks. Multiple sessions will often be required before the benefits of treatment are noticed. That said, some migraine patients experience benefits within two to three weeks of their initial treatment session.

How BOTOX Benefits People with Chronic Migraines

BOTOX injections can reduce the frequency of migraine headaches for people who suffer from chronic migraines. They’re part of a person’s prevention and management strategy for migraines, offering a multi-faceted approach to treating the condition.

People who’ve undergone BOTOX injections for migraines in the Bakersfield area report fewer days of serious pain each month. Some studies have suggested that BOTOX injections can eliminate two to three migraine days a month for patients, though other studies suggest more substantial relief. While just two to three days a month may not seem like too many, the additional days free from pain are welcome, and this can improve overall wellness and a sense of well being in the long run.

Is BOTOX for Migraines Covered by Medical Insurance?

Yes, insurance will often cover BOTOX injections for migraines if patients suffer from chronic migraine headaches. Since insurance providers differ, be sure to check with your health insurance provider and what is necessary to qualify for coverage.

Are BOTOX Injections the Right Treatment for My Migraines?

The best way to find out if BOTOX is a good option for your migraines is to visit our Bakersfield for a consultation. We can discuss the risks and benefits involved as well as other options for treatment and management in much greater detail.

Learn About the Many Uses of BOTOX

For more information about using BOTOX injections for cosmetic and medical needs, be sure to contact our eye care and vision correction center. You can reach Southwest Eye Care and Laser by phone at (661) 393-2331.

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