Botox is best known as a cosmetic procedure for treating all wrinkles and fine lines on the face. It does this by temporarily paralyzing muscle activity in the face, especially those responsible for crow’s feet, wrinkles at the eye corners, and frown lines between the eyes. Botox was approved in 2010 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat migraines. It is used by those who experience migraine headaches for more than 15 days a month. For those who suffer from these migraines, on-demand Botox can be a great way to help alleviate the pain.
It’s important to remember, Botox is just a brand name. Its active ingredient is clostridium botulinum and at Pinch we use a brand called Xeomin because it has fewer ingredients and is known to result in fewer adverse reactions. Read more about the science of injectables.
The discovery of clostridium botulinum’s effectiveness for migraines was first made when patients who had received Botox treatments for wrinkles began reporting fewer migraine incidences. According to the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, researchers reported that migraine patients who had received Botox injections got an average of 1.6 fewer migraines per month. The improvement was apparent within two months of the Botox treatments, and since the FDA approval, an estimated 2 million Botox treatments have been administered to more than 500,000 patients.
How it Works
The way clostridium botulinum works to relieve migraines is not entirely clear. It is presumed that once a patient receives their on-demand Botox injectables, the Botox is taken up by pain receptors in the muscle nerves. When this happens, the Botox medication blocks the pain receptors, stopping pain signals that travel through nerves and into the brain. On-demand Botox fillers block the channel through which the neurotransmitters travel. The Botox migraine treatment is administered once every 12 weeks through head and neck shots. The total shots may be 30 to 40 spread equally on both sides of the head though if the migraines concentrate on one spot, then that area may receive more shots. To get this type of treatment, it is recommended that a trained doctor performs it rather than a cosmetic provider—the results of the treatment show after two to three weeks.
Common side effects include neck pain and headaches, while allergic reactions have been observed in some rare cases. However, as noted earlier, the treatment has improved the lives of many. Contact us today for more information or to get started with your Xeomin fillers.