Almost everyone has experienced headaches in their lifetime, but for many people headaches go far beyond mere discomfort and annoyance; they can be debilitating and last for days. These headaches are called migraines, and are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, photo-phobia (increased sensitivity to light), and phonophobia (increased sensitivity to sound).
BOTOX® has been used for cosmetic and medical purposes for many years, including migraine treatment. After having BOTOX® cosmetic treatments, patients with chronic migraine headaches began to notice that their headaches were becoming less and less. This opened the door to a series of studies which have proven BOTOX® to be effective in reducing the severity of migraine headaches.
BOTOX® works to interrupt signals sent to nerves that cause the muscle contractions that trigger the erratic nerve firing and blood vessel spasms of migraine headaches. After receiving a BOTOX® treatment, migraine attacks can be reduced for 3 to 6 months.
BOTOX® migraine treatments are generally covered by Extended Health Benefit Programs, check with your health care provider to see if you are covered for this procedure.
The procedure itself is quick and simple and patients are able to resume their daily activities immediately after having it done. Dr. Morrell injects a small amount of BOTOX® intermediately just under the skin in the affected area, using a very fine needle. That means the needle is placed just under the skin and the discomfort is, therefore, quite minimal. You may also opt for some local anaesthetic cream if you are concerned about needles. Results take effect with in about 2 weeks!
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