Treating Chronic Headaches/Migraines With Botox

The Problem

What is a Chronic Migraine?


Migraine affects about 15% of the UK population with a female ratio of 3:1.  This condition is most common in those in their late teens to around 50 years of age.  It can have a huge impact on an individuals quality of life which results in 100,000 school or work absences  every day in the UK.


So what is a Chronic Migraine?  It affects around 2% of the UK population and is defined as having a headache on more days than not (at least 15 days a month) for more than 3 months, with features of a migraine such as nausea, visual or noise disturbance, for 8 of the headache days.

The Treatment

You should always see your GP if you suffer with chronic headaches or migraines. It needs to be diagnosed accurately.


Steps in treatment:


1. There are a wide range of 1st line medications - oral triptans e.g. sumatriptan, non steroidal anti-inflammatory tablets, aspirin and   paracetamol or a combination of these. Be aware that overuse of these medications can also cause a headache.


2. Once these medications have been tried your GP may prescribe medications to reduce the amount of headaches you get. These are   amitriptyline, and other medications such as Propranolol or Topiramate.


3. If the above are unsuitable/ineffective or cause too many side effects then you could try Acupuncture over 5-8 weeks, or unlicensed    Gabapentin can be prescribed by your GP.

4. Botox can be offered on the NHS if you meet the criteria and have tried all of the above medications.


However, if you don’t meet the NHS criteria or if you don't want to try an abundance of medications with side affects, then the solution could be Botox privately.


How does treatment with Botox work in chronic migraine?


In chronic migraine, Botox is believed to work by inhibiting the nerves that cause pain. Therefore, it is a preventative treatment to reduce the onset of a migraine.

Typically patients report that having Botox for their headaches reduces having pain from 3 out of 4 weeks down to 1 in 4 weeks.  This means your quality of life will improve significantly!  - Click here to read Helena’s experience


How will the Botox be given?


There are 31 injection sites into 7 head and neck muscle areas with a very fine needle.  If your headache is in a specific area additional injections can be given to tailor the treatment for you. The procedure only takes about 15 minutes.


Being a facial aesthetic doctor and also a specialist GP with an interest in headaches I will ensure you are not in discomfort for the treatment and make sure that the Botox given in your forehead is in the correct muscles to keep you looking fabulous.

The Results

It may take 10-14 days to see an improvement in your migraine/headache symptoms.


  • Reduction in your headaches
  • Reduce the duration of headaches
  • Improve your quality of life, work, school and social life
  • Reduce the need for medication


Frequency of visits?

Typically every 3-4 months


Botox for Chronic Headaches & Migraines - £465




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