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Migrane BotoxDid you know that Botox has a number of additional benefits besides providing your face with a more youthful look? The procedure can also help with migraines and nerve pain. ABC reports on the former in a recent article titled “Beauty Tips with Dr. Burkenstock: Botox can be used to treat migraines.”

Kelly Burkenstock of ABC News writes, “Botox can be a wonderful treatment for migraines. When Botox is used for migraines, it calms those over-tightened muscles that can lead to that extreme headache. So for migraine sufferers, we have more than just a medication alone. Sometimes Botox can eliminate the need for medication. When Botox is used for migraines, it can be injected in the temple, forehead, and other areas along the scalp and it will alleviate the migraine pain. When using Botox for migraines, the results can be expected to last about 3 to 6 months.”

In terms of nerve pain, Medical Daily takes a look at the effects of Botox in a recent article titled “Nerve Pain Therapy: Botox May Treat Peripheral Neuropathy In Cancer Patients.” According to Susan Scutti of Medical Daily, “In mononeuropathy, injecting Botox-B locally — directly into the affected paw — significantly reduced pain. In polyneuropathy, the local Botox-B injection reduced pain in the injected paw only. (This shows the effects of locally injected botulinum toxin are not due to a general spread of Botox-B through the body.) The pain reduction after local injection wore off after two weeks or so. For polneuropathy, the spinal injection of Botox-B relieved pain in all paws. The spinal injection did not alter normal reflexes, yet it also did not alter other types of pain. Looking at the cells of these mice showed the researchers that the two types of injections had differing effects in the pain-processing centers of the spinal cord. The researchers say their findings add to previous studies suggesting that botulinum toxin could be a useful new approach to treating neuropathy. Plus, this study adds to the understanding of the differing effects of local and spinal injections.”

If you’re considering Botox, Rex E. Moulton-Barrett, M.D. is the right surgeon for the job. Dr. Moulton-Barrett is internationally recognized and acknowledged. He is board certified with The American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

In some cames of Botox injections, patients observed visible smoothing as early as 3-4 days after injection. Generally, the  first onset of effect takes less than a week. However, the maximum effect typically occurs at 30 days. Typically, the duration of effect is up to 3 months, but may last significantly longer or shorter in individual patients.

If you’re thinking about Botox, contact Dr. Moulton-Barrett for a consultation!