Men and women who frequently suffer from migraine pain and severe headaches may be able to get some relief from Botox injections. Dr. William Binder discovered the benefits of Botox for migraine relief in the early 1990’s, and medical professionals have been using Botox to treat a number of conditions, including migraine headaches as an “off label” treatment.
Even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved Botox for the treatment of migraines, it is still available as a treatment option for many migraine sufferers in the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries.
For many people who suffer from migraines, traditional medication and over-the-counter remedies don’t always work. Even prescription drugs designed for migraine relief only ease the pain temporarily and do not slow down the frequency of the migraine pain. Some medications also have unwanted side effects which can have a negative impact on the person’s overall health and well-being.
Migraines are typically triggered by stress, anxiety or be the side effect of certain health conditions, and once they begin they can become severely debilitating. Botox works by paralyzing the muscles around the forehead and can help to relieve much of the stress and tension that builds up around the face during a migraine episode. Migraine sufferers may need to undergo a series of treatments in order to get rid of the pain for the long-term.
Surgeons and medical professionals will typically require a consultation to make sure the patient is a good candidate for treatment. Some people may have an adverse reaction to Botox and will not be eligible to receive treatment. Still, those that are good candidates for the procedure will not only be able to relieve migraine pain, but can also benefit from Botox’s ability to smooth out wrinkles and create a more youthful appearance.