Treating Your Chronic Migraines with Botox
Patients who suffer from chronic migraines often experience symptoms such as:
- Painful pulsing or throbbing headaches usually felt in the temples or behind the eyes
- Moderate to severe pain sometimes concentrated on one side of the head
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light, noises, and smells
- Extreme exhaustion
Migraines are much more severe than regular headaches, and when the condition is chronic, one’s quality of life can be dramatically affected and reduced.
Botox is an FDA-approved migraine treatment that works very differently from treatments with pain medication and can even be a safer option. Some pain medications can harm the liver and stomach lining when taken in excess. If you experience a migraine once or multiple times a week, too much pain medication can lead to other complications in the future. On the other hand, Botox comes with very few complications and will not affect the internal lining of the stomach and be able to treat migraines more effectively.
How Does Botox Alleviate Migraine Pain?
Researchers are eager to understand how exactly Botox helps relieve migraine pain. Still, evidence suggests that Botox interrupts the pain transmission pathway between the central nervous system and nerves that extend from the spinal cord. When you have a migraine, your body releases substances called neurotransmitters and molecules associated with pain. Botox interferes with the transmission of these substances, typically where the nerves and muscles meet. Researchers and specialists of Botox believe that when the Botox is injected into the muscles around the head, neck, and face, it is taken up by the nerves and interferes with pain-associated neurotransmission.
What to Expect from Migraine Treatment with Botox
During your treatment with Dr. McCoy, she will first begin by numbing the targeted areas with a topical anesthetic to ensure your experience is as comfortable as possible. Then, using a tiny needle, Dr. McCoy will inject Botox into the muscles underneath the skin throughout multiple areas of the face, head, and neck.
It can take several weeks and multiple sessions before you start experiencing relief from your migraines. Some patients notice a difference immediately, while others find they need continuous injections to manage their pain. Dr. McCoy will work alongside you to find relief from the debilitating pain of migraines.
These locations are also known as “trigger points” because they’re generally where migraines originate:
Recovery From Botox for Migraines
Botox is a non-surgical procedure, with little to no recovery time associated with this treatment. You may experience some swelling and mild bruising around the injection sites, but they will disappear quickly or can easily be covered with cosmetics. After receiving your Botox treatment, you should be able to resume all your usual activities.
Why Choose Dr. McCoy to Treat Your Migraines with Botox in Snoqualmie, WA?
Dr. McCoy works exclusively with cosmetic injections, making her an expert in this treatment. She uses her extensive training in the art of aesthetic injectables and her 7 years of training with Allergan (the creators of Botox), the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE), and the National Laser Institute to bring you the absolute best results. Dr. McCoy prides herself on her continued education, knowledge of a multitude of products, and hard work perfecting her technique.
Dr. McCoy is able to fulfill her passion by helping her patients both look and feel their absolute best, using Botox injections ability to help her patients reach their aesthetic goals and find relief from a lifetime of debilitating pain from migraines.
You can learn more about Dr. McCoy’s training, personal philosophy, and more by visiting her bio page.