Botox for Migraines
Botox is an FDA-approved treatment for chronic migraines, defined as head pain that persists for more than 15 days of the month, in adults. Botox comes from a botulinum toxin, a chemical that, when purified, can safely reduce muscle activity.
Some individuals with migraines experience head pain due to frequent contraction of the muscles in the face, activating sensory neurons that send pain signals to the brain. Therefore, applying botox into the affected areas can reduce chronic migraines.
During this procedure, small amounts of Botox are inserted into muscles that are located just below the skin. Typically, treatments last for approximately 3 months, increasing in efficacy after multiple rounds of treatment. In addition, chronic migraine patients reported that their headaches were reduced by about 50% after just two treatments.