Botox Specialist Boston

Botox For Chronic Migraine Headaches

At Shanthala MD Medspa and Laser Center, we offer a number of non-invasive treatments for aesthetic enhancement, with one of the most common and widely requested being Botox Cosmetic. As the top Botox specialist Boston has to offer, Dr. Shanthala has been able to use Botox in a variety of different applications, in order to help provide patients the non-invasive, enhancement they need – allowing them to avoid a variety of different surgical means and techniques. And while some of the most popular non-invasive aesthetic treatments available include dermal filler injectables, many patients prefer the effectiveness, as well as the name recognition of a product like Botox much more.

While Botox has gained its popularity as a common treatment for the correction of fine lines and facial wrinkles, in recent years, experts like Dr. Shanthala the top Botox specialist Boston has in practice, have been using it for a variety of different, even non-aesthetic issues. In fact, in 2010 the FDA, had given clearance for some to begin using Botox in the treatment of chronic migraines.

Chronic migraines are categorized by a patient having a headache which lasts for more than 15 days out of the month. A chronic migraine is a condition that can be debilitating and cause individuals to suffer from almost constant headache pain, and constant discomfort. As one of the worst conditions affect our neurological health, over 3 million Americans suffer from chronic migraines every year, and these numbers look to be increasing rapidly as the years wear on. One of the worst things to note about chronic migraines, is that treatment can be fairly difficult to come by and the majority of treatment measures, are not as effective on everybody – as they tend to only work on some individuals. This makes having Botox work as a highly effective migraine treatment a huge benefit to all and can completely change the way in which we as a society deal with chronic migraine and chronic migraine sufferers.

To understand exactly how Botox works as a migraine treatment, you must first understand how Botox works in the first place. As the top Botox specialist Boston has to offer, Dr. Shanthala injects Botox into nerves in the face usually. In the treatment of migraines however, Botox is injected around pain fibers that are involved in headaches. Botox enters the nerve endings around where it is injected and blocks the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission. This prevents activation of pain networks in the brain. Botox prevents migraine headaches before they start, but takes time to work. One treatment lasts for 10-12 weeks, and patients reported that two Botox treatments reduced the number of headache days by approximately 50%.

One of the best things about treatment with Dr. Shanthala is that treatment is relatively simple, when you receive your first Botox treatment, expect the appointment to take about 20 minutes. The doctor uses a very small needle that feels like a pinprick. He or she injects small amounts of Botox into shallow muscles in the skin. Each treatment typically involves 31 injections in seven key areas of the head and neck.

The most common side effect from the Botox shots is a sore neck, and we recommend using an ice pack to reduce the discomfort. It can take up to six months to see the maximum benefit from Botox. In the meantime, you can continue your regular medications with no risk of a drug interaction. To learn more about Botox and its other uses, please be sure to contact DR. SHANTHALA today.

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