Botox. There are good reasons why it’s considered the gold standard in skin rejuvenation treatments. It works quickly, the procedure is incredibly simple, and the results are simply stunning; after a 30-minute procedure, Botox can reduce wrinkles and expression lines for up to 2-4 months! What’s even more amazing is that Botox isn’t just for beauty—in fact, Botox can improve someone’s life by providing relief for debilitating migraines. That’s right, in 2010, Botox was FDA-approved to help prevent chronic migraines, giving hope to migraine sufferers everywhere.
What Else Can Botox Treat?
USA Today called Botox “The little neurotoxin that could” because of its unbelievably wide range of treatments: Botox has been used to treat muscle spasms, muscle stiffness, excessive sweating, overactive bladder or loss of bladder control, and abnormal head positions. Nowadays, the most prominent medical treatment for Botox is for migraines.
What’s a migraine?
If it’s frequent enough, a migraine can be a debilitating condition; it’s an incredibly intense, painful headache that happens with nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Chronic migraines are migraines that occur in at least 15 days of the month and last for more than 4 hours.
How Long Has Botox Been Used to Treat Migraines?
Like most of the greatest innovations in human history, Botox as a migraine treatment was discovered entirely by accident. It seems that many Botox consumers who also suffered migraines noticed their migraines were significantly reduced after receiving Botox. Soon enough, multiple studies were conducted that actually showed that a good majority of people suffering from migraines experienced some sort of relief after a treatment regimen of Botox. On average, patients suffered 9 less migraines a month compared to before the Botox treatment.
How Does Botox Treat Migraines?
It’s funny—but the exact mechanism for how Botox treats migraines isn’t entirely known. There are however, a few hypotheses floating around. Botox is a neuromodulator, meaning it affects how our nerve endings send signals to our muscles. More specifically, it stops those signals, leading those muscles to relax and unable to contract. This mechanism relaxes the muscles that causes wrinkles and lines in the face, thus creating a smoother, more relaxed expression. It’s been said that Botox might stop the signals that register pain in our nervous system, or relaxes stiff or tense muscles in the head that might lead to migraines.
What’s a Botox Treatment Like?
Botox for migraines is somewhat similar to Botox for rejuvenation: it’s usually a series of injections that are applied in 2-3 sets spaced out over 12 week intervals. The injections are painless and applied all over the body: your temples, forehead, neck, bridge of the nose, back of the head, upper shoulders and back.