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Botox for Migraines Treatment
A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on 1 side of the head. Many people also have symptoms such as feeling sick, being sick and increased sensitivity to light or sound. Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around 1 in every 5 women and around 1 in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood.
There are several types of migraine, including:
• migraine with aura – where there are specific warning signs just before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights
• migraine without aura – the most common type, where the migraine happens without the specific warning signs
• migraine aura without headache, also known as silent migraine – where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but a headache does not develop
Some people have migraines frequently, up to several times a week. Other people only have a migraine occasionally. It’s possible for years to pass between migraine attacks.
There are several types of migraines, but recognising the symptoms may help you to manage the pain before it fully sets in.
With or Without Aura?
The two major categories are migraine with aura (once called “classical migraines”) and migraine without aura (formerly known as “common migraines”). “Aura” usually includes visual symptoms like lines, shapes, or flashes. You may even lose some of your vision for 10 to 30 minutes. You could also feel tingling in your arms and legs. Auras can even affect smell, taste, touch, or speech. Aura happens to about 1 in 4 people who get migraine headaches. It usually starts before the head pain begins and lasts up to an hour. There are also several migraine subtypes.
The exact cause of migraines is unknown, although they’re thought to be the result of temporary changes in the chemicals, nerves and blood vessels in the brain.Around half of all people who experience migraines also have a close relative with the condition, suggesting that genes may play a role.
Some people find migraine attacks are associated with certain triggers, which can include:
• starting their period
• certain foods or drinks
If you experience at least five migraines throughout one month and it hasn’t yet responded to preventative measures or drug treatment, then you may be a suitable candidate for Botox to treat them. Migraines can severely affect your quality of life and stop you carrying out your normal daily activities. Botox is an effective treatment to reduce the symptoms and prevent further attacks.
Botox for severe headaches
Botox injections are temporary, so you will need to follow up appointments every 6-9 months and results can take up to two weeks before they are noticed. The injections will not provide an aesthetic result of treating wrinkles and lines. A series of approximately 30 injections are carefully administered into points on the forehead, temples, neck, bridge of the nose, back of the head, and the upper shoulders and back.
In some cases, the nurse may inject a lower dosage than initially expected – this is standard practice when treating forehead wrinkles, particularly if you have a small forehead. It is essential to assess how your muscles react to the treatment to avoid eyebrow or eyelid drooping. Your nurse will discuss a follow-up appointment to administer the rest of the Botox.
The nurse or doctor will make a series of injections surrounding pain fibres that cause the headaches into the nerve endings. By blocking these nerve endings, it interferes with the chemicals that the brain associates with pain.
Botox for migraines can take a few weeks to start working, and you may experience a migraine in the meantime. You may require a top-up Botox session that the nurse or Doctor would repeat around three months after your initial Botox treatment.
No, there is no downtime, but you may experience slight bruising at the injection site.