Botox has been around since the 1960s, making it one of the most established forms cosmetic procedure available on the market.
While it is most commonly attributed to the smoothing out of fine lines and wrinkles, there is actually a whole other side to Botox use.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence approved Botox over 5 years ago now, for its use in the treatment of severe and chronic headaches and migraines. This has been welcome news across the UK as it is estimated that around 1 in 7 people suffer from debilitating migraines, making it the third most common condition in the world.
What Is a Migraine?
Most of us have heard of a migraine, and everyone will likely suffer a headache at some point during his or her lives. While the two can often be confused, migraines are considerably more severe than the standard headache. In fact, approximately 25 million days are lost to migraines across the UK, each year.
That is a lot of time off work for something often deemed not serious.
When we get a migraine, it is usually recognisable immediately for the intense throbbing headache, often coupled with vision issues, sickness, light sensitivity and vomiting. Unlike standard headaches, migraines are much harder to relieve with over the counter medication, and take a lot longer to go.
While there are dozens of migraine treatments on the market, with the majority centring on prescription medication, there are still a huge proportion of sufferers who are not finding relief in the traditional options.
What Is Botox?
Botox, scientifically known as Botulinum Toxin, is a neurotoxin that when used in extremely small doses can temporarily numb or paralyze the muscle.
There is good reason for Botox procedures being so high in demand. The application of Botox can be used for a wide range of conditions, such as:
- Eye problems
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle stiffness
- Overactive bladder
- Cosmetic issues
Botox is a relatively quick procedure and can be finished within minutes. Results wont show immediately and can take anywhere between 1 and 5 days to be fully observed.
How Can Botox Work For Migraines?
There are a variety of possible reasons for Botox’s obvious success in the treatment of migraines. Some of which have been listed below:
- Botox works by preventing the signals from nerve cells reaching our muscles. It is thought that by doing this it is preventing those signals that would usually cause a migraine.
- Botox is also commonly used as a muscle relaxant and it has been argued that the use of Botox for migraines leads to the muscles around the head relaxing and becoming less tense, therefore preventing the likelihood of a migraine attack.
Over the years as more research has been done into using Botox as a treatment for headaches and migraines, professionals have been able to put a more specific timeframe on treatment. It is now possible to prevent severe headaches and migraines before they even happen with consistent treatments.
Why Choose Pour Moi Cosmetic Clinic for Botox Treatment?
While Botox is only a minor procedure, and is relatively risk free, we recognise that it is still a daunting prospect for some.
At Pour Moi, time is taken to talk with you in a friendly and understanding manner so that we learn more about you, and you can better understand how our treatments work and what’s involved.
At the Pour Moi Cosmetic Clinic you are in extremely capable hands. With over 25 years experience in the field, Dr Awad and her team are one of the leading clinics for Botox in the Bournemouth and Dorset area.
If you have any worries or questions about Botox, or want to know more about the procedure itself, you can be rest assured that the team at Pour Moi will be able to answer any questions you might have.
We invite you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our friendly professionals. We can go through the procedure, any queries you have and put your mind at rest.