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Botox For Migraines

Los Angeles Primary Care

Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA

Up to 39 million Americans experience migraine headaches. If you’ve tried various treatments without relief, consider Botox® for migraines. At Los Angeles Primary Care, board-certified internal medicine provider Sera Ramadan, DO, and the team uses Botox to relieve the symptoms of migraine headaches and improve your quality of life. To make an appointment, call the office in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, California, or book online today.

Botox for Migraines Q & A

What is Botox® for migraines?

 

Botox is an injectable neuromodulator that minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet. It’s also approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat chronic migraines or headaches that occur 15 or more days each month.

 

What is Botox?

 

Botox is a cosmetic treatment that contains a safe type of botulinum toxin. When it enters your body via injection, it reduces muscle contractions in specific areas of your face. Botox also prevents the release of certain chemicals associated with pain. When combined, these factors can reduce or relieve migraine-related symptoms for up to three months.

Who is a candidate for Botox?

 

To receive Botox for migraines, you need to be at least 18 years old and experience headaches 15 or more days each month.

 

During your consultation, let your provider know about any allergies you have or prescription medications you take. If you’re on blood thinners, they might ask you to stop a day or two before treatment to reduce the risk of bruising.

What does Botox for migraines involve?

 

Your Los Angeles Primary Care provider administers Botox for migraines on-site. They review your medical records, ask about your symptoms, and conduct a physical exam. If your provider determines that you qualify for treatment, they apply a topical anesthetic to your skin. 

 

After the anesthesia sets in, your provider administers a series of about 30 injections into seven essential areas on your head and neck. Treatment takes about 20 minutes, and there’s no downtime, so you can return to work or school immediately after.

How long does it take for Botox to relieve migraine symptoms?

 

Botox for migraines usually takes 10-14 days* and sometimes longer to work. Some people need multiple series of injections. If your headaches persist in the days following your appointment, contact your provider right away.

Is Botox for migraines safe?

 

Botox for migraines is usually well-tolerated. After you receive the injections, it’s normal to experience mild bruising, redness, and swelling, but those side effects should improve within a day or two.

 

To see if you can benefit from Botox for migraines, make an appointment at Los Angeles Primary Care by calling the office or booking online today.

 

*Individual results may vary.