How Botox Can Relieve Your Headaches

Botox® is the go-to treatment to smooth facial wrinkles and fine lines, but that’s not all it’s used for. Several other conditions benefit from Botox, including some kinds of headaches. Nearly everyone experiences a headache at some point in their lives, and about 18% of people experience headaches severe enough to interfere with daily life.

Chronic headaches can significantly impact even the simplest day-to-day activities. If you’re struggling with headaches, finding the right treatment is key to getting your head pain under control.

Here at Beverly Hills Headache Institute, which is part of Premier Neurology Medical Group, Ravinder Singh, MD, provides specialized care for a full range of neurology needs, and routinely helps headache sufferers get relief. 

We share how Botox can ease migraine and tension headaches and what you can expect from Botox treatment. 

How does Botox work for migraines?

Botox injections contain a highly purified, medical-grade form of botulinum toxin A, a substance produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botox blocks signals from nerves to muscles, which prevents muscle contractions. 

This eases headache pain and allows many patients to enjoy life again. The effect of Botox is temporary, so to keep headaches at bay, it’s common to receive an injection roughly four times a year (every 12 weeks). We adjust your treatment frequency based on your individual needs. 

What type of headaches does Botox benefit?

There are many types of headaches, and like any treatment, Botox isn’t appropriate for all types. Certain types of headaches, such as headaches with regional pain between the eyes, don’t respond well to Botox. 

Tension headaches tend to respond well to Botox. Headaches caused by spasms in the back of the neck may benefit from Botox treatment, too. 

We also use Botox to treat migraines. Migraines can cause debilitating symptoms that get in the way of your daily activities. When we inject a small amount of Botox into targeted muscles of the face, head, and neck, many patients experience migraine relief and improved quality of life. 

What to expect during your appointment

Botox treatment is done in the office and takes only 15-30 minutes. There is no special preparation required. During your appointment, we may use a topical anesthetic to numb your skin. You’ll most likely receive several injections in the targeted areas of your head and neck. You may feel a slight pinch with each injection, but it goes away quickly. 

There is no downtime required, so after your Botox treatment you can return to your regular activities immediately. 

Easing chronic headaches with Botox

Botox provides rapid relief for most patients who get chronic headaches. While it typically takes 7-14 days to reach full effect, many patients notice a difference in headache pain within 24-48 hours. Patients whose headaches respond well to Botox notice a significant reduction in headache frequency as well as severity. 

We’re devoted to helping you feel and function better. If you’re struggling with chronic headaches, rely on Premier Neurology Medical Group to help you get the relief you need. To get started, call our office in Beverly Hills, California, to schedule your appointment with Dr. Singh, or use our convenient online booking form.

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