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Botoulinium Toxin has become synonymous with anti-ageing in the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, but did you know it can be extremely effective in use for some types of migraine headaches? Small injections of multiple units each are placed at prescribed locations just under the skin over the forehead, sides of the head, and back of the head and neck.

TREATMENT SUMMARY

Anti-Wrinkle injections soften lines and wrinkles resulting in a more relaxed and rested appearance. The aim is a natural relaxed look rather than a “startled” or “frozen” one.


Procedure time
15 mins
Anaesthetic
None
Back to normal
Recovery time
24 hrs
Duration of results
3-4 months
Discomfort level
Minimal
No. of treatments
1
Cost from
€260

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Can cosmetic Botox help migraines?

It is thought that Botulinum toxin may inhibit the release of peripheral nociceptive neurotransmitters, which may then have a knock-on effect on the central pain processing systems that generate migraine headaches.

In other words, the injections help by blocking the sensory nerves in the head. (Botulinum toxin has been shown to reduce pain in cervical dystonia, neuropathic pain, lower back pain, spasticity, myofascial pain, and bladder pain.)

When used to treat migraines, the headaches should lessen in frequency and severity over one to two weeks, with the effect lasting up to 4 months. The success rate can be as high as 65% in certain populations, and can be repeated every three to four months.

Is it safe to use Botulinium Toxin for migraines?

Botulinium Toxin was licensed specifically for the treatment of chronic migraine in July 2010 by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Clinical trials leading to the approval of Onabotulinum toxin A were called PHASE III Research Evaluating Migraine Prophylaxis Therapy (PREEMPT) protocol. This is a slightly different approach to treatment than for cosmetic reasons.

With this protocol, developed and tested extensively, small injections of multiple units each are placed at prescribed locations just under the skin over the forehead, sides of the head, and back of the head and neck.

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