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How Botox Can Prevent Chronic Migraines

Are chronic migraines affecting the quality of your life? Here's how the safe and effective Botox treatments at our Kelowna clinic can help.

Botox is one of today’s most revered and popular cosmetic treatments and fine lines. While it is a very effective anti-aging procedure, it can also be used to manage a number of other health issues, including:

  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Excessive lip elevation
  • Migraine headaches
  • Strabismus (crossed eyes)
  • An overactive bladder
  • Severe neck spasms

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Whether you are suffering from hyperhidrosis, or simply want to get rid of unwanted facial lines or wrinkles, our skin care specialists can create a customized Botox skin treatment plan to suit all your individual needs.

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Botox Treatment For Migraine Headaches

Botox is an FDA approved prescription medication that is injected to prevent headaches in adults with a chronic migraine. It works by blocking the release of a chemical in muscle cells that transmits the signal to contract to muscle fibres.

Chronic Migraine

A chronic migraine is defined as more than fifteen headache days per month, with each headache lasting 4 or more hours each day. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Changes in vision, sensations and speech
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pulsating headache pain
  • Headaches on one side of your head only
  • Headaches that are routinely aggravated by routine physical activity


What is Involved in a Botox Migraine Treatment?

If you are considering a Botox treatment for your migraines, it’s important to understand what to expect, so you can make the best decision when it comes to your health.

Here are 5 Things You Should Know About a Botox Migraine Treatment:

1. It prevents migraines and headaches before they even start

Unlike acute treatments, such as painkillers, which are taken to treat a migraine once it has already begun, Botox prevents up to 8-9 headache or migraine days a month, before they even start.

2. The treatment is given every 12 weeks

It will take approximately 2 treatments (12 weeks apart) to determine how well Botox is working for you. NOTE: If you don’t get treated every 12 weeks, you may not experience the full benefits of the treatment.

3. It is administered using a small needle

The Botox treatment for migraines is injected using an ultra-fine needle. Depending on your symptoms, it will be injected into your forehead, both temples, back/side of your neck, upper shoulders or back of your head.

4. It is injected by a Botox specialist

For the safest results, you must ensure that your Botox treatment is administered by a doctor/specialist who is experienced in using this product to treat migraines.

5. The treatment takes approximately 15 minutes

The Botox treatment is simple and quick. The injection takes approximately 15 minutes and can be done right in the doctor’s office.


Benefits of Botox For Migraine Treatments

Botox is the first and only FDA approved preventative treatment for chronic migraines. It has many benefits, including:

  • Short treatment times
  • Pain-free and simple procedure
  • Prevents migraines before they even start
  • Eliminates uncomfortable migraine symptoms such as nausea, light and noise sensitivity, and vomiting
  • Few side effects
  • Results can last for up to 12 weeks

Things to keep in mind: The injection site may bruise slightly, but any discoloration will be temporary (up to 7 days) and can easily be covered up with makeup. You may also feel some stiffness or soreness around the injection site.


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To find out more about our customized Botox treatments, or any other non-invasive cosmetic procedures including tissue fillers, chemical peels or IPL photorejuvenation, contact our Kelowna clinic at 250-868-9099 or fill in our online contact form.

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