How Botox® Can Help Prevent Migraines

August 14, 2013 - By Dr. Jules Feledy

Using Botox To Treat Migraines

If you currently suffer from Chronic Migraine symptoms, you may benefit from receiving Botox® injections. Sound odd? This is how the recently FDA-approved treatment works.

Botox is an injectable used to relax muscles in the face in order to treat and prevent the formation of lines and wrinkles. However, Botox has been used for other chronic issues such as excessive sweating, overactive bladder, and lower back pain. While most of these uses have been discouraged in the past, Botox has now received FDA approval for use as a preventative measure for adults with Chronic Migraine symptoms.

For the time being, this specific treatment has only been approved for patients suffering from chronic migraine problems and has not yet been approved for those who simply suffer from ordinary headaches.

Treating Chronic Migraine with Botox

There are an estimated 3.2 million Americans currently suffering from Chronic Migraine symptoms. The condition is defined as a headache that occurs at least 15 days each month, with each occurrence lasting four or more hours. Can you imagine spending half of your entire month with a debilitating headache?

With the FDA’s recent approval of Botox for the treatment of Chronic Migraine symptoms, patients may finally have an answer to their constant headache problems. This treatment involves multiple injections of Botox around the head and neck every 12 weeks in order to prevent the symptoms from reoccurring.

Unfortunately, about 80% of those who suffer from Chronic Migraine symptoms are not properly diagnosed. If you suffer from 15 or more migraines each month, contact our board-certified plastic surgeon to find out if you can benefit from the newly FDA approved preventative Botox treatment.

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