What to Expect: BOTOX® Injections for Migraines

Even if you don’t get migraine headaches, you probably know someone who does. And while you’ve probably heard of BOTOX® being used for generations to smooth foreheads in Hollywood, you might not have heard that starting in 2010, it has also brought relief to many people who suffer from chronic migraines.

You could well be finding that migraine headaches are disrupting your life and that the medications you are taking are just not working. Well, it could be time to learn more about the BOTOX® injection migraine relief offered by Dr. Daniel Ritacca and his team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL.

What Is BOTOX®, and How Does It Treat Migraines?

BOTOX® is a neurotoxin (botulinum toxin A) produced by the bacteria that causes botulism. When the BOTOX® toxin is purified and injected, it has been shown to decrease the number and severity of migraines significantly. BOTOX® enters the nerve endings at the injection site and blocks the neurotransmitters that carry the brain’s pain signals.

Over the course of up to three treatments, our team injects BOTOX® around the pain fibers of the head and neck involved in headaches. One treatment of between 30 and 40 injections lasts between 10 and 12 weeks, with results being experienced in 2 to 3 weeks.

What Type of Headache Responds Best to BOTOX®

BOTOX® is FDA-approved for adults aged 18 or over who suffer from migraines that occur on 15 or more days a month. BOTOX® is not recommended for patients who experience fewer than 15 headache days a month.

What is BOTOX® Treatment Like?

When you prepare for your first BOTOX® treatment, expect the appointment to take about 20 minutes. Our experts will use a tiny needle with each injection feeling like a pinprick. The most common side effect from the BOTOX® injections is a sore neck, but you can use an ice pack to reduce the discomfort.

BOTOX® and Migraine Myths

While you might come across several myths involving BOTOX® and migraines, these are the most common:

1. BOTOX® Works Immediately

The first injection of BOTOX® typically does not provide instant relief. However, for some people, it might reduce the severity and frequency of attacks.

2. BOTOX® Overrides Migraine Triggers

While on BOTOX®, some people might find they are less reactive to their migraine triggers. Each individual’s migraine triggers can differently affect how well BOTOX® works.

3. I Never Again Have to Take Acute Medications

Depending on one’s symptoms, it might still be necessary to take triptans or other acute medications.

Next Steps

For the treatment of your chronic migraine headaches, the team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa can probably help you regain a sense of normalcy and improve your quality of life. To learn more about a course of BOTOX® injections, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL, or call (847) 367-8815 to arrange a free consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have about this treatment.