Many people think of Botox as a treatment to smooth out wrinkles, but it also has other benefits that are more than just cosmetic. While it is a cosmetic treatment that rejuvenates a patient’s face and gives them a more youthful look, it can also be used to treat chronic migraines. Here’s how it works:
What is Botox?
Botox is a form of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria that causes botulism. When Botox is purified and used in tiny doses in specific areas, it temporarily reduces muscle contractions for approximately 3 months, resulting in skin that appears smoother and wrinkle-free.
How Botox Relieves Migraine Pain
Botox is injected around pain fibers that are involved in headaches. While these injections relax muscles in the face, they also affect the nerve endings around the injection site and block the release of certain chemicals involved in pain transmission. This prevents the activation of pain networks in the brain and can prevent migraine headaches before they start.
These treatments for chronic migraines are effective, but they take time to work. It can often take more than just one Botox treatment to relieve pain.
Is Botox Safe?
Yes! The FDA approves the use of Botox to treat chronic migraines in adults 18 and over. If you experience any of the following signs and symptoms of migraines, come in today to discuss your pain and we’ll offer honest advice about whether Botox injections are a good treatment option for you:
- Pain on one or both sides of your head
- Pain that feels throbbing or pulsing
- Sensitivity to light, sounds, and sometimes smells and touch
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
At Kissing Camels Family Dentistry, your health and comfort are our top priorities. If you are suffering from migraines, give us a call today to go over your options. If you are interested in Botox for its cosmetic benefits, we would also love to help! Contact our team or stop by our office at 3470 Centennial Blvd, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, Co 80907.