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Injectable Botulinum Toxin for Headaches and Migraines

Senior woman with headache

While most injectables were originally developed to help reduce wrinkles, they are now being used successfully in the treatment of chronic migraines.

Chronic migraines are neurological diseases that can cause debilitating pain for sufferers. Some people who experience chronic migraines deal with intense bouts of throbbing pain that may hinder their lifestyle. The sensitivity to light and movement from migraines can make it impossible to take part in everyday activities. 

For migraine relief, botulinum toxin is injected with a small needle throughout various areas of your face, head, and neck. This process is customized for each patient by catering to their pain relief needs. The injection sites are aimed at areas where the migraine originates or where the pain is most prominent for the sufferer. 

You may be wondering how botulinum toxin works to relieve headaches. When you have a migraine, your body releases substances called neurotransmitters and molecules that are associated with pain. Botulinum toxin interferes with this transmission by blocking nerve impulses; it's typically where muscles meet nerves or other tissues in our bodies. When the drug is injected into these areas of concern (around the head/neck), it absorbs through the skin and allows for smoother movement which in turn prevents discomfort. 

Botulinum toxin injection effects last between 3 to 4 months and will require additional treatments to keep the migraine pain from returning. For those that deal with migraine pain on a regular basis this quick, effective, and non-invasive treatment can be life-changing. The procedure only takes a few minutes to complete and there is no wait time at the office afterward.

For many, the thought of having a needle injected into the head or face is scary but the injections are very quick and tolerable. Some compare the feeling to a mosquito bite and the results of no migraine pain will outweigh any mild discomfort. After your appointment, you may notice mild redness or swelling which usually will only last a few hours. 

The best botulinum toxin candidates are at least 18 years of age, in good general health, and are not allergic to eggs. The injectable is prepared with an egg base and could trigger a reaction in someone with an egg allergy. 

If you suffer from chronic migraine headaches and want to try botulinum toxin treatment, call us at Springbank Dental Centre today!

Learn more about getting botulinum toxin treatments in SW Calgary

If you’re looking for a qualified botulinum toxin service provider in SW Calgary, contact us today at (403) 277-7464.

Schedule your initial consultation today to know if injectable botulinum toxin is right for you. Let our dental care professionals help you make an informed decision.

Springbank Dental Centre

Dr. Luke Szott and Dr. Joey Woo
30 Springborough Boulevard Southwest #116
Calgary, Alberta T3H 0N9
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