Frequently Asked Questions
DOES BOTOX® REALLY WORK FOR MIGRAINES?
In 2003, the World Health Organization estimated that as many as 303 million people worldwide suffer from migraines. With the prevalence and frequency of these debilitating headaches and the noted relief Botox® injections often provide, many migraine clinics and cosmetic surgeons now offer Botox® as a headache treatment. In 2010, Botox, famous for smoothing out wrinkles on the face, was approved by the FDA to treat chronic migraine headaches in adults.
WHERE DO THEY INJECT BOTOX® FOR MIGRAINE?
Dr. Khan injects Botox® into the forehead, neck, and shoulders where patients are experiencing pain and tension. It is thought to eliminate migraines by reducing muscle tension and thus creating less strain on the nervous system. Not only can decreasing stress on the nervous system prevent migraines from developing, but headaches that do occur are also often less severe because Botox® blocks pain receptors in nerve cells.*
IS BOTOX® FOR MIGRAINES THE SAME AS REGULAR BOTOX?
Yes both contain the same active drug (onabotulinumtoxinA), but they are given in different doses and the injections are applied in different sites. Botox provides relief to only the specific nerves in the muscle groups it's injected into.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BOTOX® INJECTIONS FOR MIGRAINES?
OnabotulinumtoxinA is indicated for the treatment of migraines on people who have a history of migraine headaches on most days (15 or more) of the month of which 8 are migraines.
DOES THE APPLICATION OF BOTOX FOR MIGRAINES HURT?
A very tiny needle is all that is needed for the procedure, and the injection process is not especially painful. Some patients report minor and temporary discomfort at the injection site.*
*Results can vary based on individual conditions