Sometimes, the trickiest problems require unconventional solutions — and that just may be the case when it comes to your chronic migraines.
You probably know Botox as the treatment that smoothes out facial wrinkles for more youthful skin. But did you know the popular cosmetic approach could also help to stop your head pain? Your dentist at Canatella Dental is certified to administer Botox in New Orleans. Keep reading to find out what that fact could mean for your migraines.
The Botox Effect
Yes, Botox is a popular treatment for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. But it can also be used as a preventive treatment to stop headaches before they even start. In fact, Botox is the only treatment method that has been approved by the FDA to prevent headaches and migraines. 100,000 people have been treated with Botox for headaches since its approval in 2010.
Botox can be a good option for the treatment of people who…
- Are 18 years or older
- Have a headache for 15 or more days each month (chronic vs. episodic headaches)
- Headaches that last for 4 or more hours each day
Botox can prevent on average 8 or 9 headache or migraine days a month. That’s big news for anyone who knows the life-altering pain of chronic head pain.
What to Expect From the Botox Treatment
The treatment for Botox is simple, practically pain free, and quick. The Botox substance is injected directly beneath the facial tissue in the area where muscles spasm to cause chronic migraines and head pain.
The needle used for Botox is tiny — and you probably won’t feel much more than a small pinprick while it’s being administered. It only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete a single treatment with Botox, and you will need to be retreated every 12 weeks to keep preventing migraines.
While Botox is commonly used as a way to improve the appearance of facial tissue in the forehead and around the eyes, the injection sites for headache treatment are specific for reducing chronic migraines. That means you will not necessarily get the cosmetic benefits of Botox if you are undergoing treatment for head pain — unless you would like to!
You Can Live Without Head Pain
If you’re barely getting by with chronic headaches and migraines, there is relief in sight. You may just have to look outside the box! Remember that 100,000 people have received treatment for head pain since Botox was approved by the FDA in 2010 — and that it’s the only FDA-approved treatment for preventing migraines. It could be just the thing you’ve been waiting for!
About the Author
Dr. Todd Canatella and Dr. Rachel Neumeyer provide excellence in general and cosmetic dentistry at Canatella Dental. To learn more about how Botox could help your migraines or to schedule an appointment, we invite you to contact your dentist in New Orleans at (504) 282-0700.