Which Migraine type can be cured with Botox/Dysport?
A migraine headache can be cured very effectively with Botox®/Dysport®. Certain migraine headache types respond better to these injectables than others.
Those whose headaches are described as imploding (vise-like, squeezing, crushing, etc) have a much higher response rate to Dysport®/Botox® injections (80%) than those whose headaches are described as exploding in nature (15%).
Headaches due to muscle spasms (especially in the back neck region) respond well too, as well as most types of tension headaches.
Migraine Headaches in certain areas do not respond well to these injections, including the top of the head, cheeks, between the eyes, and immediately behind the ears.
Which areas respond well to Injections –
Areas that generally respond well to injections include the forehead and the back of the neck regions. The temple areas have mixed results (some patients respond well, whereas others do not). The jaw muscles are also amenable to Dysport®/Botox® injection due to TMJ pain.
How are Botox® injections performed in treating Migraine?
Generally speaking, the Botox®/Dysport® injections are performed not only in the area of the distribution of one’s headaches on one side but also on the opposite side even if there is no pain (fixed-site strategy). Why?
Well, experience has shown that injecting only on the side where the headaches are located will result in the appearance of migraine headaches on the opposite side. Injecting both sides prevents this switch from happening.
Which regions are injected to effectively treat a Migraine –
There are 4 general regions that are injected:
- Glabellar (right above and between the eyebrows)
- Upper Neck.
Results after the treatment –
After injection, there is a SLOW reduction in the severity and frequency of migraine headache attacks, resulting in a decreased need for medications (if at all) over time. As such, it may be up to 2 months before the benefit of Dysport®/Botox® for Migraine headaches may be realised by the patient.
How long the Results of Botox®/Dysport® last in treating Migraine –
Repeat injections are required every 3-4 months to maintain the benefits, as Dysport®/Botox® wears off by then. Although the maximum benefits occur when used prophylactically (treatment to prevent future attacks), it can also be used in the acute setting, though not as successfully.
If you are interested in learning more about Dysport®/Botox®/Xeomin® use for any of these treatments, please contact Beautiphi on 022 3837 968 to schedule a consultation with one of our Cosmetic Medicine Nurses.