Botox: A Surprising Treatment for Chronic Migraines

Published on January 20, 2014

Botox cosmetic is a household name, thanks to its steadily growing popularity among men and women who want to look younger. The injection – as administered by Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Abergel – reduces wrinkles on the face by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles in the face. Because these signals are blocked, the muscles can’t contract and they’re forced to relax and soften.
Now, it’s been determined that the same signal blocking process that has helped diminish wrinkles in thousands of people can also help those who suffer from the effects of chronic migraines.

Los Angeles cosmetic surgeons have found that about 12% of Americans have debilitating headaches more than 14 days a month. These headaches typically cause powerful pulsing or pounding pain and last from 4 to 72 hours. Chronic headaches can – and often do – greatly affect the personal and professional lives of those who suffer from them.

To treat these chronic migraines, Botox is injected by your Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon a number of times around the head and neck about every 12 weeks. The FDA approved the use of the drug to prevent chronic migraines centered on the results of two studies that were conducted in North America and Europe.

The study showed that patients treated with Botox cosmetic experienced a decrease in the number of headaches they suffered each month. In clinical trials, the drug was shown to reduce the number of headache days after two treatment sessions.

The company claims when injected in recommended areas – and depending on the individual patient – results can last up to three months.

Botox cosmetic is normally considered by your Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon for the treatment of migraine headaches if the patient has had poor results with other forms of preventative measures, including both medications and lifestyle changes.

Some insurance companies will cover Botox treatments for migraines only if two different medications were tried, both for at least two months, and the patient saw no improvement in the number and duration of the headaches.

When administered by a licensed Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon, Botox injections are usually safe, but as with any medication, mild side effects can occur. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use Botox for treatment of migraine headaches.

If you suffer from chronic migraines, Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Abergel can help create a customized, comprehensive treatment plan tailored just for you.

Don’t let migraines put your life on hold, call our office to schedule a consultation today.

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