Botox for migraines

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Botox for migraines?

For anyone having been diagnosed with migraines and get migraine headaches often, Botox can help.

Botox was approved in 2010 for adults who get chronic migraines. That means you have both:

  • A history of migraine headaches
  • Headaches (including tension-type) on most days (15 or more) of the month of which 8 are migraine

It won’t work for you if you:

  • Get headaches 14 or fewer days each month
  • Have other types of headaches, like cluster

Botox Treatment for migraine

  • You’ll get several shots of Botox around your head and neck once every 12 weeks to dull or prevent migraine headaches.
  • You may need 30 to 40 shots in all, and you’ll get an equal number on each side of your head. If you have migraine pain in one particular spot, you may need more shots there. You could see results 2 to 3 weeks after your first treatment.

Botox for migraine & side effects

  • Neck pain and headache are the most common side effects for people who get chronic migraine headaches and use Botox.
  • It’s rare, but you can have an allergic reaction to Botox. Signs of this can be hives, shortness of breath, or swelling in your lower legs. Although there’s no confirmed case where Botox spread to other parts of the body, it is possible and could be deadly. The medication label includes this warning.
  • The mechanism of action involved in the alleviation of a headache is not entirely clear. One possibility is that Botox may decrease muscle contraction that may act as a trigger to migraine.
  • Botox is approved by FDA and Health Canada for treatment and prevention of chronic migraine. Health Canada approved Botox for the treatment of chronic migraines in 2011.
  • The average dose is 100-200 units. The onset of action is usually within the first 2-3 weeks of injection. However, patients may require a set of 2-3 injections before a maximum benefit is seen. Injections are spaced at 12-week intervals.

As with any injection, injury can occur. An injection could result in localized infection, pain, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, bleeding, bruising, etc. BOTOX may cause asthenia (lack of strength), muscle weakness, somnolence (drowsiness), dizziness and visual disturbance, which could affect driving and the operation of machinery. If there is a reaction, further injections of BOTOX should be discontinued. Patients or caregivers should be advised to seek immediate medical care if swallowing, speech or respiratory disorders arise.

Botox Contraindications

Botox is contraindicated:

  • In the presence of infection at the proposed injection site
  • In individuals with a known hypersensitivity to botulinum toxin type A or to any of the other ingredients used to form Botox

It is not advised:

  • During pregnancy, unless clearly necessary
  • During lactation as there is no information on whether BOTOX is excreted in human milk

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Botox

  • Softens lines and wrinkles
  • Qualified and experienced staff
  • No downtime
  • Health Canada approved

 

Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in less than 10 days with no downtime!

Botox Cosmetic injections are on the top line of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures in North America. It is the most recommended treatment to relax facial muscles that cause expression lines, thus reducing their appearance and achieving smoother skin on the upper face.

Sparkle Lifestyle & MediSpa relies on a team of highly qualified, experienced physicians whose practice and methods are in line with our philosophy: meeting your expectations and achieving natural results.

How do Botox injections work?

  1. The injectable doctor first makes a personalized assessment of the facial anatomy and marks the exact injection points with a white makeup pencil. You will be asked to frown, raise the eyebrows, and smile widely to determine the strength of your facial muscles and to decide on the exact treatment for beautiful results.
  2. The physician will proceed by injecting an adequate amount of the selected product to smooth the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles while maintaining the unique features and natural desired effect.
  3. The procedure lasts only a few minutes – no anesthesia needed.
  4. Full effect experienced after 10 – 14 days.
  5. Repeat every 3-4 months.

 

What areas can be treated with Botox?

  • Forehead creases
  • Glabella (between the eyebrows)
  • Crow’s feet
  • Eyebrow lift
  • Chin
  • Neck lines

Things to know before your Botox injections appointment

  1. Brief your doctor on the outcome you want.
  2. Schedule your Botox appointment 6 weeks prior to any big event.
  3. Stop taking all fish oils and ibuprofen 2 weeks prior to your appointment. This will limit the potential for bruising and swelling.
  4. Understand the cost. We charge per $10/unit. To give some perspective, the average person needs about 20-40 units to treat horizontal forehead lines, 18-30 units to treat crow’s feet around the eyes and 15-30 units to treat the glabella (men need more).
  5. More is more, not better! Botox is a strong neurotoxin that has the potential to dramatically alter the planes of your face. And smoother doesn’t always equal prettier.
  6. Make sure you stay upright for at least 2-4 hours post Botox.
  7. Botox builds up over time. While you may have needed 5 units of Botox in your crow’s feet initially, over time you may need only 2 units.
  8. Make sure you know what to expect. Book a consultation with our doctor.

 

Post Botox Treatment

The full effect will be apparent after 2 weeks. After treatment, you may experience swelling, redness, pain, itching, discoloration and tenderness at the site of treatment. This will typically last for less than a couple of hours. Additionally, although rare, red or swollen small bumps may occur for 2-3 days in some patients.  If you need to apply makeup within 4 hours of your treatment, only use a gentle touch to avoid rubbing the treated area

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