Botox for Headaches: When Should I Seek Treatment?

Treating migraines effectively using Botox means understanding some basic facts about this drug therapy that patients usually miss:

Fact #1: Botox for headaches is not a one-size-fits-all treatment. It is important to note that how you use the drug will determine your level of insurance coverage. Anti-aging and cosmetic Botox treatments are considered elective, meaning they are not covered by an insurance provider. However, the same fact is true if you use Botox for headaches a little too quickly.

When can you seek this treatment?

Botox is not meant to be a first-line treatment for migraines, its role is as a secondary option.

Fact #2: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

If the other drugs have been administered for treatment of your migraines, and you show little or no symptom improvement, you may qualify for Botox therapy coverage through your insurer. You may also elect to pay for this type of treatment on your own. The other important factor is that this drug be used to treat chronic-not occasional-migraines. Patients who suffer from headaches lasting at least four hours 15 or more days a month are ideal candidates for this type of therapy.

How does it work?

Botox for headaches may be a relatively new idea, but there are still techniques and guidelines that are used to promote and ensure efficacy in eligible patients.

Fact #3: Timing is everything. This is not a situation where one or two 10 minute appointments will do the trick. One visit at the clinic may start to improve your symptoms, but if you don’t follow-up with additional treatments every 3-4 months, the effects will fade. Repetition and dosage are key. Dr. Rouzati will create an individualized plan that suits your needs. Typically, one appointment will involve multiple injections around the scalp, neck and face areas. These small Botox doses go to work on your symptoms in a few days.

Dr. Rouzati specializes in using Botox for both cosmetic and medical applications in Toronto. If you are interested in exploring the idea of using Botox to cure your chronic headaches, get in touch with us today at (905) 707-6080 to learn more.

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