Summary: Botox for migraines is more popular than ever before. More and more people are trying this particular treatment every year. What makes Botox for migraines so great? Some studies suggest it can diminish the frequency and the duration of migraine attacks. For chronic migraine sufferers, that’s a huge improvement in overall quality of life.
Why Botox for Migraines is More Popular Than Ever
No one is really sure what causes migraines. In fact, the one thing they’re sure of is that there’s no one, single cause for these particular headaches. That might be why Botox for migraines is more popular than ever. The injectable we’re used to thinking of as a treatment for lines and wrinkles (which, admittedly, it is still very good at) is now being used with some regularity to relieve the symptoms of migraines.
That’s not totally surprising. We’ve written several times about how Botox can be used for a wide variety of purposes, migraine relief.
What we’re talking about today is a little bit different, though. Not only does this novel way of treating someone seem to work, but it’s catching on in a significant way. Botox for migraines is more popular than ever. So, let’s take a look at why that might be—what’s driving this particular rise in popularity?
Does Botox Work for Migraines?
The first question we have to ask is, perhaps, the most simple: does Botox work for migraines? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is a little less simple than the question itself. Yes, Botox works—to an extent.
In most cases, migraines are studied by looking at “chronic” sufferers. Loosely defined, a chronic sufferer of migraines experiences at least 15 migraine headaches in a month. And these headaches can usually last for several hours. Not only that, but when the headache goes away, there can be lingering side-effects.
Think about how much of that patient’s life is consumed by migraines. Fifteen migraine headaches a month could mean one every other day. For many of these patients, Botox injections are able to cut these instances in half and diminish the duration of the actual headaches.
That means you might go from having 15 migraines a month down to having 7 or 8. For migraine sufferers, this is a huge improvement.
How Does the Treatment Work?
Anyone who has looked into Botox before knows that the procedure itself is really quite simple. It’s just a few injections and then you’re done. That’s the case with Botox for migraines as well. Typically, surgeons will target seven different muscle areas with injections.
The entire process takes something like twenty minutes, depending on the patient. Of course, there are a few things to take into account:
- There may be some small side effects, including neck stiffness or bruising
- Patients will have to return for more treatments every twelve weeks or so, as the effects of the Botox will fade over time
- Results might not be immediate. It might take several weeks to reach an optimum level.
- Botox for migraines won’t work for everyone. For example, you should avoid this option if you’re allergic to onabotulinum toxin A.
Often Covered by Insurance
Botox injections for migraines could get to be quite expensive if you were paying for them out of pocket (to those who could afford it, however, this expense could be well worth it). However, in many instances, Botox injections for your migraines would be covered by your health insurance (I should point out that you’ll have to check in with your own health insurance provider in order to get an accurate sense of what your personal plan covers).
This is another huge relief to patients who are simply looking to experience fewer headaches. And for a significant chunk of patients, Botox is the very best option.
It Works, and That’s Why You’re Seeing More of it
I will be the first to admit that cosmetic surgery can certainly, at times, overhype certain procedures. But the proof is in the pudding, as they say. No amount of hype can make a terrible procedure take off. And that’s why it’s heartening to see Botox for migraines taking off in the way it is.
Because, let’s think this through. If you went in and got a few Botox injections for your migraines, would you return in twelve weeks for the next set of jabs if it didn’t work? It’s doubtful. Most patients—migraine patients especially—are just seeking a treatment that actually works.
Again, this procedure likely won’t work for everyone. All we’re really interested in here is the rise in popularity. It seems to say something, but you should always consult with your doctor before deciding on any particular course of action.
Botox for migraines is more popular than ever. But I doubt it will be the last novel use of Botox that sees this kind of rise in popularity. We’re excited to see what happens next with Botox!