Yes, Botox injections can help smooth out wrinkles, but did you know that Botox injections can also help you fight migraines? At Glaser Pain Relief Center in Encino, California, leading interventional pain management specialist, Jeffrey B. Glaser, MD, can provide medical injections as a method to lessen the debilitating effects of chronic migraines. Dr. Glaser also works with you to understand triggers of your migraines and to develop lifestyle modifications that complement Botox treatment. Call or click ‘Book Online’ to schedule an appointment today to learn more.
Botox is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. When injected, it can paralyze muscles in your face. It’s often used to smooth out wrinkles. However, Botox can also be used to treat chronic migraines.
Botox injections work by weakening specific muscles or blocking nerves. The effects of an injection can last anywhere from 3-12 months, depending on a variety of factors. The most common side effects you might experience are local bruising, swelling, or pain.
The botulinum toxin in Botox is injected locally and reduces the harmful effects of pain pathways that specific nerve cells activate.
A sensory pathway called the trigeminovascular system is believed to play a part in the pain of a migraine attack. By weakening certain muscles in your face that are a part of this system, Botox helps reduce the headache aspect of your migraine attacks.
Dr. Glaser only recommends Botox if you suffer from migraines at least 15 times per month and abortive and preventive medications have failed.
There are other ways to treat chronic migraines, and it’s essential to have a thorough discussion with Dr. Glaser to determine if Botox injections are a good treatment option for you.
The staff at Glaser Pain Relief Center is experienced in the diagnosis and pain management of migraines and can help you make an informed decision about whether or not to opt for Botox injections to treat your migraine attacks.
When performed by a medical professional at Glaser Pain Relief Center, yes, Botox injections are perfectly safe and should not result in harmful side effects. However, it’s important to note that there are risks involved and side effects can occur, although serious ones are rare.
Some potential side effects of Botox injections include:
It’s rare, but more severe side effects can occur, such as muscle weakness, loss of vision, or bladder dysfunction. If you notice any of these side effects that persist following your Botox injections, see Dr. Glaser immediately.
If you’d like to learn more about this cutting-edge treatment that is changing countless lives for the better, call or click to schedule an appointment with Dr. Glaser.