Migraine is a neurological condition that can cause multiple symptoms. A migraine attack is frequently characterized by a severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, which usually begins on one side of the head, in the forehead, or around the eyes. The headache gradually gets worse and is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, difficulty speaking, numbness or tingling, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
Migraine attacks can last for hours to days, and the pain can be so severe that it interferes with a person’s daily activities.
CAUSES OF MIGRAINES
Though migraine causes are not fully understood, genetics, environmental factors and family history are the most common risk factors for having migraines.
Migraine starts when overactive nerve cells send out signals that trigger your trigeminal nerve, which gives sensation to your head and face. This cues your body to release chemicals that might cause imbalances in the brain and swelling of blood vessels, hence causing inflammation and pain.
For mild to moderate migraines over-the-counter medicines may be sufficient to help relieve migraine pain. Providing they are taken as soon as the person is feeling an attack coming, they should stop the headache from becoming severe.
However people who have more severe migraines may need prescription medicines that are taken every day to reduce how often headaches occur.
But when it comes to chronic migraines, which are defined as 3 months of at least 15 days of migraine headache a month, these traditional treatments might fail.
There’s a third type of treatment to alleviate symptoms of the most severe cases of migraine. This treatment involves the use of a neurotoxin called Botulinum Type A, commonly used for non-surgical facial aesthetic treatments to reduce wrinkles and the signs of ageing.
BOTULINUM TOXIN FOR TREATING MIGRAINES
When botulinum toxin gets injected into the muscles, it blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. So when facial expression muscles are injected, they stop contracting and that makes wrinkles relax and soften.
In the same way, botulinum toxin gets into the small nerves that carry pain from the head to the brain, known as C-fibres. This reduces the amount of chemicals released from the nerve ending and therefore interrupts the feedback pathway that perpetuates migraine and headache.
Botulinum toxin is given as a series of tiny injections under the skin or into the muscles in and around the forehead, above the ears, and into the neck and shoulders.
The injections are repeated every 12 weeks until the patient no longer has chronic migraine. Normally, improvements should be seen after the first or second set of injections.
The effect of botulinum toxin on nerves takes anything from several days to a few weeks to work. You should not expect chronic migraine to improve properly in less than 4 weeks. Some patients do not start to improve until after their second set of injections which is given 12 weeks after the first set of injections.
The goal of this treatment is not to become completely free of headache or migraine, but to improve quality of life, converting migraine from chronic to episodic. Studies show that 47% of patients had a 50% or greater reduction in the number of days with headache.
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Do wrinkle-relaxing injections hurt? Wrinkle -relaxing injections are quite superficial and performed with a very thin needle, and therefore very comfortable.
I'm pregnant, can I have wrinkle-relaxing injections? Wrinkle-relaxing injections are not advised for pregnant or nursing mums, as the effects on the baby are currently unknown.
Are anti-wrinkle injections safe? Anti-wrinkle injections are safe when they are completed by a trained medical practitioner. Medical practitioners must have the appropriate training to complete this non-surgical treatment, the risks are extremely minimal.
Who Should Not Use Anti-wrinkle injections? If you are considering having Anti-wrinkle treatment, then you should always book a consultation with a member of Aesthetic Ace Clinic Team. There is a selection of people who are advised not to have this type of treatment completed: The injection site is infected You are allergic to any of the ingredients You are pregnant or breastfeeding You have a neuromuscular disorder (e.g. myasthenia gravis) If you are still unsure if you are suited for Anti-wrinkle injections treatment then a full list of side effects, cautions and contraindications will be discussed at face-to-face consultation.
What happens after Anti-wrinkle injections? You can carry on with your day as normal and will be advised to avoid strenuous activity, saunas and other facial treatments for up to 24 hours after the treatment. The results from Anti-wrinkle injections can be seen almost immediately. After 4-10 days of having undergone treatment, you will notice an improvement in your lines and wrinkles.
What will the treatment involve? Anti-wrinkle injections are one of the quickest cosmetic treatments available at The Aesthetic Ace Clinic. The treatment will involve a doctor making a series of small injections into the muscles of your face. The injection process itself will only take a few minutes.