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Migraine Treatment

Injections of Botulinum Toxin A to the head and neck can help prevent migraines

Migraine Treatment

Injections of Botulinum Toxin A to the head and neck can help prevent migraines

How can injections treat migraines?

The debilitating effects of a migraine headache can make it impossible to get on with life until the worst passes, with nausea, light sensitivity and pulsating pain to one side of the head.

As they can take a number of days to fully pass, sufferers are often keen to find ways to prevent migraines from occurring in the first place – and the careful use of Botulinum injections can help by blocking certain nerve signals to the brain which can lead to a migraine.

The treatment is not for everybody, but can help chronic migraine sufferers who experience at least 15 days of headache per month.

Migraine Treatments at a Glance

Results within

7-14

Days

Treatment lasts

30

Minutes

Recovery time

none

Results last for

3-4

Months

Price from

€645

What can be treated with a Botulinum Injections

As well as its better known use as a cosmetic treatment, Botulinum Toxin A has been shown to help prevent migraines in some patients.

The treatment is shown to have positive effects for people with chronic migraines, who experience 15 or more days of headache pain in a month, and who have not responded to other preventative drug treatments.

Botulinum injections are not currently recommended for more episodic migraines or other forms of headache.

What is involved in the treatment?

You will have a face to face consultation with your Doctor at Manara Skin Clinics to assess suitability for migraine treatment. If you are suitable for treatment and decide to go ahead, your Doctor will discuss what areas are to be treated and apply a local anaesthetic cream.

A consent sheet is then signed, and the treatment itself can take from 15 to 30 minutes. The treatment uses a very delicate, thin needle to administer a series of tiny injections into the treatment area, which causes minimal discomfort for a few seconds. The Botox® blocks the action of the nerves that can carry the headache pain to the brain.

An ice pack or numbing cream may be used to reduce the discomfort. It starts working 7 days after treatment, and it can take up to 14 days to see the full result.

How long will results last?

The effects of this treatment can last approximately 3 months with new courses of treatment permitted every 12 weeks . Every patient is different; age and lifestyle are factors.

In cases where treatment has not reduced headache days per month by at least 30% after two treatment cycles, it may be recommended to end treatment. Conversely, if treatment has been successful in reducing headache days to fewer than 15 per month for three consecutive months, the condition is considered to have changed from chronic to episodic migraine and treatment should be stopped.

Before any treatment, Manara patients see one of our Aesthetic experts to determine the best product and treatment options

The Manara Method

“Migraines are truly awful experiences for those who endure them, and though there is no guaranteed cure, the innovative use of Botox® can significantly help those who suffer most”

Dr. Eithne BrennerAesthetic Doctor & Medical Director of Manara Skin Clinics

Cost

The price of one round of migraine treatment starts from €645.  Your exact treatment cost will be confirmed at your consultation based on your individual needs.

Before and after

Before your treatment

Before you come for your treatment, please read our standard preparation advice. There is no specific additional preparation required for this treatment.

Following your treatment

Following your treatment you may feel some neck pain for the first few days or occasionally longer. Other rarer side effects, affecting 5% or fewer of patients, may include headache, migraine. eyelid drooping, and stiffness or weakness of some muscles. Again, these should go within a few days, although some side effects can last longer.

What our patients think?

  • “Very welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, but most of all you don’t feel rushed when discussing your treatment.”

    Christina
  • “I was with Dr Eithne and she was fantastic. I would highly recommend her services.”

    Rose