B-tox For Migraine Treatment
Migraines can be debilitating, and people are often willing to try just about anything to relieve the pain. Sometimes, the only way to beat a migraine is to sleep it out, which can take up the entire day and eliminate any chance of productivity. Another treatment for migraines may be medication, which can come with side effects and long-term use effects. Sometimes, we give up and live with them, just modifying our lifestyle to cope.
An alternative to traditional chronic migraine treatment is B-tox. This may come as a shock to some because b-tox has always been known for smoothing the fine lines of aging. But it can also be a successful solution to migraines!
How Does It Work?
In 2010, the FDA officially approved b-tox as a treatment for chronic migraines. B-tox injections help people with migraines by stopping triggers – surrounding and neutralizing the nerves where the migraine begins. This prevents some pain-associated chemicals from being produced, thus stopping the spread of the migraine. It is approved for those with chronic migraines – 15 migraine days or more in a month. It may not be suitable for those with less frequent migraines.
Some research suggests that b-tox not only decreases muscle spasms, which can irritate the nerves, but it can also travel the length of the nerve, decreasing irritation deeper in the body or brain. Additionally, b-tox may reduce inflammation of nerves, which can decrease migraine episodes.
What does the procedure entail?
B-tox is usually injected into the areas around the face, head, and/or neck where one’s migraines feel like they originate. Oftentimes, multiple injections are required to treat the symptomatic areas to maximize the relief. The injection usually lasts for 3 months, but some people experience relief for longer, especially with repeated injections. Patients often report that their days with migraines decrease by 50% after the second round of B-tox. Of course, individual results will vary.
How safe is this solution?
Very few people develop significant or long-lasting negative effects. Most common side effects include muscle pain, muscle weakness, pain at the injection site or bruising from the injection. This soreness can be alleviated by applying an icepack.
Since B-tox is an FDA approved treatment for chronic migraines, many insurance companies cover some or all costs associated with the procedure – including Medicare and Medicaid. Consult your insurance company to understand if the procedure is covered under your specific plan.
If you would like to discuss your options regarding B-tox treatment for your migraines, reach out to us. Dr. S is a board certified and highly experienced plastic surgeon here to provide you with the best care possible.