How Botox Can Help with Chronic Migraines

While Botox® is best known for its ability to smooth out fine lines and expression wrinkles, it’s also developed a reputation for being able to treat chronic, painful migraines. Migraines affect around 1 in every 5 women and around 1 in every 15 men. They can be incredibly debilitating, making it difficult to perform daily tasks, sleep, or enjoy life. Fortunately, Botox injections have been proven to be an effective treatment for reducing migraine-related pain.


This blog will explain the benefits of Botox as a treatment for migraines and what patients can expect during their treatment at Waltzman Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Long Beach, Ca.

How Botox for Migraines Works

Botox injections temporarily prevent muscle movements and neurotransmitters from sending pain signals to the brain. This helps to reduce the pain caused by migraines and allows patients to perform tasks at work and enjoy daily life without painful interruptions.


The effects of Botox are temporary, so patients will need to receive ongoing treatments. The most common injection timeline involves a treatment every 12 weeks or so. However, aesthetic nurse Carissa Brown will adjust this timeline according to your individual migraine relief needs.

Botox Breakdown: Is It Safe to Use on Migraines?

Botox is created from a minuscule amount of the botulinum toxin. In 2010, the FDA approved Botox as a safe treatment for migraines when administered by a licensed medical professional. Before any treatment with Botox, Carissa Brown will consult with you to answer any questions or concerns and deliver a detailed examination of your medical history.

Botox is safely delivered through a tiny needle that allows for a controlled amount of product to be injected into the required locations, which for migraines may be the forehead, temples, and the back of your head and neck. These are often referred to as “trigger points,” meaning they are the areas where the migraine originates. Aside from some light bruising around the injection sites and minor swelling, Botox® rarely presents any negative side effects.

The Difference Between Regular Headaches and Chronic Migraines

Headaches can cause pain in different parts of the head according to what causes them. The different types of headaches include:


  • Tension headache: caused by physical or psychological stress.
  • Sinus headaches: caused by sinus pressure due to a cold, sinus infection, or a strain of the flu.
  • Cluster headaches: particularly intense headaches that tend to happen around the same time each day. They can be caused by caffeine dependency or exhaustion.


Migraines, on the other hand, involve other symptoms besides just the pain of a headache. They may include dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and severe fatigue. In addition, migraines can occur in different phases, including blurred vision, mood disturbances, and trouble speaking.

Schedule Your Long Beach Botox Appointment Today

If you suffer from chronic migraines and need relief that lasts longer than just a few hours, Botox may be able to help you. To learn more, schedule your consultation at Waltzman Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today by calling (562) 448-6100 or completing our online contact form. Also, feel free to browse our website for more information on the aesthetic and functional uses for Botox, Dysport, and Jeuveau.