Botox for Headaches

How Botox Treats Migraines and Headaches

Muscles that are located in the neck and head require a nerve impulse in order to become tense or knotted. Without this nerve stimulation, the muscles are not able to tense up causing a headache or migraine.

Botox Therapeutic is injected into the affected muscles and blocks the nerve impulse from reaching the muscles. This blockade permits the relaxation of the muscles injected and diminishes the transmission of pain signals.

Patients will notice an improvement in the frequency and severity of headaches and migraines over a 3 to 5 month period, after which time the treatment can be repeated if needed. It is unknown at this time if the benefits are cumulative with time. Onset of results is typically achieved within two weeks. Patients may choose to discontinue use of other prophylactic headache medications. Forehead frown lines and worry lines may disappear as a result of treatment.

Who can benefit from Therapeutic Botox?

Migraine patients
Patients suffering from tension-type headaches
Patients suffering from cervico-genic headaches
Patients with post traumatic headaches

Are there any risks to Botox?

There is a risk that the treatment will be ineffective
Temporary bruising may occur at the site of injection
The muscles that are responsible for raising the eyebrows, and the muscles that elevate and shrug the shoulders may be temporarily affected, but this is not a major concern

Most extended health plans will cover the cost of Botox Therapeutic for the treatment of headaches and migraines. After the initial consultation, Dr. Alibhai will provide you with a letter for your insurance company.