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Botox*, or botulinum toxin type A, is a protein obtained from the Clostridium Botulinum bacteria under modern methods of laboratory cultivation. It has been used for many years in the treatment of muscle spasms, including children with cerebral palsy.
Botox* is considered safe with few documented adverse reactions or secondary effects, provided you have an experienced and skilled medical practitioner with good knowledge of facial anatomy. It has been used as a treatment for migraines and chronic headaches since 2010, and is approved by the FDA and NHS. There are, however, a few risks associated, as with any medical treatment, such as muscle weakness, bruising and swelling of the injected sites.
The cost of this treatment is £600 for the standard 2 units dose of Botox*, and this price includes the initial treatment and a follow up 2 weeks later where any adjustment/correction can be made if necessary.
Generally, it is said that this treatment is appropriate for those who are experiencing chronic headaches and/or migraines; around 15 or more per month. It is recommended that you visit your GP first to rule out any other medical conditions.
It will take anything from 48 hours to 10 days to notice the results, depending on lifestyle factors and your overall health. Some patients report a mild headache immediately after the
Botox treatments are generally thought to be safe to use in individuals aged between 18 and 65.
For most people, discomfort is usually minimal and brief, a similar sensation to a pin prick. No anaesthesia is required, although your botonics Practitioner may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anaesthetic cream prior to injecting.
A migraine or chronic headache treatment involves the injection of Botox* to the face, scalp, neck and trapezius muscles between the neck and the shoulders. The injections take only 10 – 15 minutes.
Botox* blocks the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles and is believed to inhibit the release of certain brain chemicals, which is turn affects the central pain processing systems that generate migraines and headaches. Basically it relaxes the muscles, thereby easing the constant state of contraction and tension that causes headaches.
The results of a Botox* treatment for chronic headaches or migraines lasts from 4-6 months and sometimes even longer.