What is Botox® and How Can It Help?
Botox® injections are used to relax certain muscles on a person’s face. These injections temporarily paralyze the muscles in the face and tighten them up. From a cosmetic perspective, this eliminates the appearance of lines and wrinkles on a person’s face. However, Botox® treatments can also be used to paralyze the nerves that cause headaches. Essentially, patients can try a Botox treatment in order to determine if their facial nerves are causing their headache issues. Nerve blocks also are used as a diagnostic test. If the headaches persist, other treatment options can be explored. The effects of Botox can last for 3-4 months.
How Does a Botox®Procedure Work?
Botox® is a neurotoxin that can be injected into a person’s face. This neurotoxin is known to interrupt the connection between nerves and muscles in the face, which is why it is a popular cosmetic surgery option. While it can eliminate the appearance of lines and wrinkles, it also has the ability to paralyze muscles and nerve endings that cause headaches and migraines. This procedure provides patients with temporary results, and the Botox®injections must be performed every 3-4 months in order to maintain results.
How Did This Procedure Become a Headache Treatment Option?
Botox® was primarily used as a cosmetic surgery procedure, but doctors and surgeons who performed this procedure began to notice that it provided other benefits, as well. Patients noted that they did not have as many headaches after they had the procedure performed, which is how physicians came to realize that it could be an effective treatment option.
Newport Beach patients should understand that severe headaches and migraine attacks are conditions that can be dealt with. They should not have to live with these symptoms and sacrifice the things they love most in life when they are dealing with a headache or migraine. Dr. Tavoussi can use nerve blocks or Botox® in order to help alleviate the pain you are feeling while also discovering the cause of the migraines. This not only minimizes migraines when they do occur, but it helps to prevent them from starting in the first place. For more information, set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Tavoussi today.