If you suffer from 15 or more headaches a month, you may be a candidate for BotoxⓇ headache treatments. These easy and effective treatments can reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches and are available at Premier Neurology Medical Group. At the Beverly Hills, California, office, Dr. Ravinder Singh specializes in the treatment of chronic headaches and migraines, helping improve patients’ pain and functioning. With his assistance and Botox treatments, you can find relief from your headaches. Call the office today or use the online booking tool to schedule your initial consultation.
BotoxⓇ is a pharmaceutical neurotoxin that’s used to treat a wide variety of ailments, both medical and cosmetic. Most known for its ability to smooth forehead wrinkles, Botox is created by a specific bacteria, Clostridium botulinum, and when consumed orally in its unpurified form, can cause a deadly food poisoning (called botulism).
In its purified medical form, Botox works by blocking the communication between your nerves and muscles, forcing your muscles to relax and stopping muscle contractions.
Botox helps relieve certain types of headaches, primarily migraines and tension headaches. Botox works by stopping tension-related muscle contractions and blocking pain signals from your nerves to your brain, where the actual pain occurs.
Botox isn’t the right headache treatment for you if you get fewer than 15 headaches a day and/or have headaches that aren’t migraines or tension related, like cluster headaches.
When you see Dr. Singh for Botox headache treatments, he uses a tiny needle to inject 31 doses of Botox into seven specific areas around your head and neck. The injections tend to feel like pinpricks and most patients tolerate them well. The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes.
Every 12 weeks, the Botox treatment is repeated. Although many patients find relief fast, sometimes it takes multiple treatments to reach optimal results and after each treatment session, the results are more noticeable. For instance, in those who have had two Botox treatments, headache days are reduced by around 50%.
During your treatment, if necessary, you may take acute headache medicine for breakthrough pain.
Botox for headaches has minimal side effects. The most common side effect of the injections is neck pain, which occurs in about 9% of those who undergo the treatment. Other side effects, although less frequent, include:
If headaches interfere with how you live your life, it may be time to consider Botox. Call Dr. Singh’s office today or go online to use the convenient scheduling tool.