ANTI WRINKLE – HEADACHES & MIGRAINES
ANTI WRINKLE HEADACHE & MIGRAINES
Tense muscles within the head can lead to chronic headaches and migraines. Botulinum Toxin A injections can be used to relieve this tension, preventing migraines and reducing the frequency and severity.
Under the new guidelines Botulinum Toxin A for the treatment of chronic migraine would be given by intramuscular injection to between 31 and 39 sites around the head and back of the neck.
A new course of treatment can be administered every 12 weeks.
- Relieves tension to stop headaches
- Relaxes frown and eye area to stop tension from building leading to a headache
- Stops squinting and frowning
Areas that we can treat include:
HOW DOES THE TREATMENT WORK?
The reasons why Botulinum Toxin A might aid migraine are not clear, and several theories have been put forward. At various points it has been suggested that:
- Botulinum Toxin A might relax muscles around the head and thereby reduce blood pressure within the brain
- Botulinum Toxin A might reduce the nerves’ ability to send pain signals during a migraine
- Botulinum Toxin A might prevent the nerves from sending signals that will lead to a migraine
Though the effects have been widely researched and approved by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence and Botulinum Toxin A approved and licensed for the treatment of migraine and headaches.
The location of the injection depends on the individual and whereabouts of the tension. Typically, we treat the frown and eye area as most tension comes from frowning and squinting.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY CONSULTATION
During your consultation a detailed medical history will be taken, helping the medical specialist to determine whether treatment is an appropriate product/treatment for you to receive and whether it will help you achieve the results that you are looking for. This will also reduce the risk of any unwanted side effects from the treatment. During this consultation the potential risks and aftercare recommendations are discussed.
PREPARING FOR YOUR TREATMENT
- One week prior to your treatment, avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen), Gingko Biloba, Vitamin E or fish oil supplements. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site. If you require a pain remedy during this time period, it is ok to take paracetamol.
- Adding leafy greens to your diet will boost your Vitamin K and help to reduce the possibility of bruising and swelling.
- Arnica supplements have been shown to reduce discomfort, bruising and swelling from injectable procedures. Arnica pills may be started the day before or the day of treatment and should be continued until bruising has resolved.
- A topical numbing cream may be applied to help with any discomfort. This does require a longer appointment time of an additional 20 minutes for optimal results.
- Bruising is possible and therefore, we recommend that you schedule any social plans accordingly for 7-10 days following your injection.
- You will be made comfortable on a treatment couch whilst maintaining privacy and dignity.
- Your practitioner will check through your consent forms and medical history.
- You will be then handed a mirror to discuss your requirements from the procedure.
- You will be asked if you have any phobia’s to needles.
- The treatment area will be cleansed.
- Your underarm will then be “marked up” for the practitioner to inject.
CLEANING & DRESSINGS
The skin will be cleansed, and appropriate dressings or pre-treatment applied.
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST FOR?
The effects of Botox may take up to two weeks to be felt, and typically last around 12 weeks.
WHO IS NOT SUITABLE FOR THIS TREATMENT?
- Anybody with an allergy or acknowledged hypersensitivity to Botulinum Toxin Type A or to any of its’ excipients e.g. human albumin, and sodium chloride.
- Anyone who has a disease affecting your muscles and nerves (e.g. myasthenia gravis, Eaton Lambert Syndrome, Lou Gehrig’s syndrome).
- Any skin infection at the site of injection.
- Anyone currently pregnant or breastfeeding
- Anybody who is having co-treatment with Aminoglycoside antibiotics, or medicinal products, that causes muscle relaxation, for example tubocurarine.
- No Touching or rubbing the areas injected.
- Avoid Physical Activity for the first 24 hours post treatment.
- Don’t Take Painkillers or Drink Alcohol
- Remain upright for 3 hours after the procedure.
- Any kind of Facial, Massage, Beauty or Spa Treatment should also be avoided. This is because any touching of the treatment area risks spreading out the Botulinum Toxin.
- It is imperative to avoid extreme temperatures DO NOT have a baths, hot saunas or vigorous exercise as you risk sweating out the Botulinum Toxin.
- Avoid air travel for 48 hours post treatment is also recommended.