It’s been estimated that up to 18 percent of the American population suffers from migraines. For some people, these debilitating headaches are so frequent and severe that they can’t function normally during the attacks. In the past, treatment options for migraines have been limited, but now there may be a new solution: Botox injections.

Keep reading to learn more.

What is Botox?

Botox injections are a medical procedure that involves injecting botulinum toxin into the muscles. Botulinum toxin is a protein that blocks nerve impulses, which can reduce muscle spasms and pain. Botox is most commonly used to treat conditions such as chronic migraines, neck pain, and overactive bladders.

How Do Botox Injections Work?

Botox injections work by paralyzing the muscles that are causing the patient’s medical issue. The same muscles that Botox targets to reduce wrinkles are also responsible for causing migraines. By paralyzing these muscles, Botox can help to prevent migraines from occurring.

Who is a Good Candidate for Botox Injections?

The best candidates for Botox injections are those who suffer from chronic migraines. Botox can help to reduce the number of migraine attacks a person experiences each month. It can also help to shorten the duration of each migraine attack.

People who have tried other migraine treatments without success may also be good candidates for Botox.

Who Should Not Try Botox Injections?

Botox is not appropriate for everyone. People with certain medical conditions, such as bleeding disorders or infections, should not receive Botox injections. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also avoid Botox. Finally, people who have previously had allergic reactions to botulinum toxin should not receive Botox.

What are the Potential Side Effects of Botox?

The most common side effect of Botox is temporary bruising at the injection site. Other potential side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Facial pain
  • Nausea
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Muscle weakness

Fortunately, these side effects tend to be mild and temporary. In almost all cases, they subside within a few days of the procedure.

Botox Recovery

The average Botox recovery time is around three days. However, everyone’s body is different and some people may take longer to recover. It is important to follow your injector’s instructions carefully after getting Botox injections to ensure a smooth recovery.


If you’re interested in using Botox injections to address chronic migraines and/or other medical concerns, reach out to Michelle Esthetics today to speak with one of our experienced estheticians.