Botox For Migraines Vs. Cosmetic Botox: Learn The Difference

Botox®, also known as botulinum toxin type A, has been used by millions of people safely and effectively.  BOTOX® is a medication used frequently for cosmetic and therapeutic purposes. Its efficacy has been mainly attributed to its ability to block the nerve signals that result in muscle contraction. In addition to muscle relaxation, other mechanisms of action have been implicated in the treatment of medical conditions such as migraines.

How Does Cosmetic Botox work?

Cosmetic Botox works by blocking the release of neurotransmitters that cause muscle contraction. Hence it is used to treat facial wrinkles, such as forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet, by injecting Botox to the skin to temporarily relax facial muscle activity.

How Does Botox Work for Migraines?

Botox is an FDA approved treatment for treating chronic migraines since 2010.

According to the American Migraine Foundation, Botox improves migraines by targeting the pain fibers that are involved in causing the migraine pain. Once Botox is injected, it enters the nerve endings and blocks the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission, therefore preventing activation of pain networks in the brain.

What Should I Expect with Botox Therapy for Migraine?

Botox injections are administered directly into several different points in your face, head and neck. After getting Botox injections to treat migraine, typically you will notice some of your symptoms lessen within 7 days and can take up to 2 weeks for it to reach full effect. It is important to follow the management of migraine as provided by your doctor to ensure the best possible outcome.