Botox Migraine Therapy
Patients that suffer chronic, long-lasting migraines may have tried just about every treatment to ease their constant pain. Oral pain relievers, rest and massage can help, but may only provide temporary relief, leaving migraine symptoms to develop all over again. Over the past ten years, plastic surgeons have been researching and treating the effects of migraines in their own patients. With approval from the FDA, they have discovered that botulinum toxin A in the form of Botox has been effective in relieving chronic migraines.
There are three manufactured brands of botulinum toxin A on the market today that are often used for cosmetic, medical and research use, branded as Dysport, Xeomin and Botox. While Dysport and Xeomin have their uses in many applications, such as cervical dystonia and wrinkle correction; Botox has been the only botulinum toxin to be FDA approved for Botox migraine therapy.
Botox is often looked upon as a purely cosmetic application to help reduce the signs of wrinkles, such as crows feet or laughter lines. However, Botox can be used in many practical medical solutions that include controlling the musculature in a patient's face and other areas of the body. When injected into the muscle, the botulinum toxin blocks the passage of neurotransmitters that travel between the nerve and muscle, which allows the muscle to relax. This process lasts for approximately 12 weeks, requiring periodic treatments for best results. The ability to relax muscles in the face and neck is where Botox takes a crucial role in alleviating chronic migraines.
The method involving botulinum toxin A used in Botox migraine therapy was approved by the FDA in 2010 to treat chronic migraines in adults. Chronic migraines are categorized as a migraine that occurs for more than fifteen days in a standard month, with migraine headaches lasting more than four hours at a time. In the U.S. alone, approximately 37 million people suffer from migraines that range from mild to chronic. Chronic migraines affect approximately 2 to 3 million Americans today, leaving nearly 53 percent of affected men and women with severe disability due to their pain. Fortunately, recent research with botulinum toxin A has given many chronic migraine sufferers a chance at relief.
Botox migraine therapy is a process in which several injections with fine needles are made around the face and neck, penetrating past the skin tissue into the first layer of muscle that lies beneath. The procedure is to ensure that future migraine symptoms are reduced, as tension leading to headaches are lessened or eliminated altogether. Regular treatments for Botox migraine therapy occur every twelve weeks, and it is recommended to receive quarterly treatments for the best results in reducing the effects of chronic migraines.
It is important for anyone seeking Botox migraine therapy to do their research when choosing a plastic surgeon to provide their care. Trusted surgeons will be able to determine which course of Botox migraine therapy that will work best for you, including dosages, injection sites and after care needed to reduce pain and improve your quality of life. Complications such as bruising or drooping of the eyelid can be greatly reduced by choosing a plastic surgeon with experience and knowledge on their side. With Botox migraine therapy, you will not only experience a reduction in chronic migraine pain, but will enjoy the benefits of a smoother, wrinkle-free complexion.
If you have been experiencing chronic migraines that occur 15 or more days per month, at 4 hours or longer at a time, you may be an excellent candidate for Botox migraine therapy. Dr. Newkirk's expertise in Botox migraine therapy has allowed him to treat patients with positive results. Scheduling a free consultation today is your first step to the road of chronic migraine recovery by choosing treatment through Botox migraine therapy.
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