Can Botox® help migraines or tension headaches?

Did you know that there’s more to Botox treatment than just reducing wrinkles? 

It’s true, Botox can be therapeutic as well as cosmetic! Let’s dive into the fascinating world of Botox and learn how Botox can help migraines or tension headaches too.

Is Botox used for migraines? What about tension headaches?

The short and sweet is yes, botox can be used to treat migraines! In fact, chronic migraines are the only chronic condition that the FDA has approved for Botox use. But how and is it safe? To understand the therapeutic side of Botox, it’s helpful to know exactly what it is and how it works. 

How Botox works

Botox is the Botulinum toxin which can sound a little scary at first! But much like how Penicillin was created, the health benefits of Botox were discovered after extensive experiments and trials.

Derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, Botox is the purified form of this toxin. It has been proven safe and effective when used in small, controlled doses by trained professionals. Botox works by temporarily weakening or paralyzing muscles or by blocking nerve signals. So in the case of migraine and tension headaches, Botox can be used as a muscle relaxer to alleviate the severity and frequency of migraines. 

But it isn’t just Botox itself working its magic on treating your migraines, it also takes a skilled professional to know just where to administer it. Our very own specialists, Dr. Medina and Dr. Mashkouri are trained in Botox treatment and have helped many patients get relief from their migraines (some even feel these effects instantly after treatment!) 

Using strategic Botox migraine injection sites, Botox will target the specific muscles in your head and neck known to be common culprits in the migraine and tension headache department. 

Does Botox for migraines change your face?

No, Botox will not alter your facial features. When used for reducing wrinkles, yes it has been known to give a “after Botox appearance” or “freeze your face”, but that’s because of where it was administered. For migraines, Botox targets different muscles in different regions so you won’t experience frozen facial features or wrinkle-free skin. 

How to qualify for Botox for migraines or tension headaches

If you have 15 or more migraines or tension headaches every month, we recommend you consult your primary care physician about it. While this is the definition of chronic migraines, it’s important to make sure there’s no underlying cause and that Botox is the right treatment for you. 

Once you’ve done this, request your appointment with us in Tampa/Carrollwood or New Port Richey/Trinity so we can get you some relief! 

Get chronic migraine relief with Botox!

If you’re looking for relief from migraines or tension headaches, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us

On your first visit, one of our experienced periodontists (Dr. Stilley, Dr. Medina, or Dr. Mashkouri) will discuss the Botox process with you and ensure you’re comfortable and happy with your personalized treatment plan.

Request an appointment today!

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