Subdue Migraines and Smooth Wrinkles Simultaneously
Julie Clark Robinson on 31 May 2011 at 11:00am
Botox might just prove to be the answer for migraine sufferers if the results from a recent clinical trial hold up. The muscle-relaxing power of the bacterial toxin in Botox gave women with chronic migraines two or three fewer days of pain per month.
“There is a sensory nerve which runs within a muscle deep to the eyebrow near the bridge of the nose. The theory is that muscle contraction irritates the nerve, which causes the migraines,” says Dr. Robert W. Kessler, Orange County plastic surgeon. “Paralyzing the muscle prevents the nerve irritation and eliminates the cause of the migraines.”
"Botox has become a staple for migraine patients. Although a number of studies have come out showing benefits, and all of us performing the injections know the benefits, still, the use of Botox for migraines is off-label," wrote Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Brent Moelleken over a year ago.
Well as of last fall, the FDA is on board for treating very specific cases with Botox. Sorry to those of you with tension headaches or migraines that don’t occur at least 15 days per month and last 4 hours or longer. The road to relief isn’t exactly easy for those who do meet the criteria−31 injections to seven areas of the head, neck and shoulders performed quarterly. The cost? A cool $2000…sans insurance.
I’m guessing that for the person who suffers roughly half of every month it’s doable. And if you come away with a few less frown lines on your forehead, more power to you, right?