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Botox is Currently Approved to Treat Chronic Migraines

Botox is Currently Approved to Treat Chronic MigrainesBotox is the world’s most popular and accepted non-surgical anti-aging facial injectable procedure. In addition to its popular usage for aesthetic benefits, Botox is also used for certain medical purposes to treat conditions such as chronic migraines. Patients can expect to receive significant relief from this condition with simple, injectable Botox treatment.

Botox received the FDA’s approval for the treatment of chronic migraines in adults in 2010. Ever since then hundreds of thousands of patients have benefitted from Botox to get rid of persistent migraine headaches. Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is a board certified plastic surgeon providing Botox for the prevention and treatment of chronic migraines to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.


FDA Approval

While confirming the approval of Botox injections for migraine treatment, the FDA released a statement saying that chronic migraine is one of the most debilitating forms of headache. Patients suffering from chronic migraines usually experience these headaches for more than 14 days in a month and usually for several hours per day. The condition can hamper the patient’s work, family, and social life. Therefore, it is important to have multiple treatment options available.

The FDA went on to say that Botox injections have proved to be very effective in the prevention of chronic migraines. The patient experiences severe throbbing or pulsing pain. Nearly 12 percent of all American people suffer from chronic migraine. The FDA also recommends that Botox treatment should only be administered by an expert, whether for aesthetic or medical purposes in order to avoid the risk of complications.


How does Botox Treatment Work?

Botox injections will be administered at intervals of about 12 weeks in order to treat chronic migraine. Multiple injections may be placed in the targeted areas around the head and neck during each treatment session. The goal of the treatment is to minimize the symptoms for future headaches. According to the FDA, a patient suffering from chronic migraine should seek professional opinion from a doctor to determine whether Botox can be an appropriate treatment in their case.

Allergan, Inc., the manufacturer of Botox injections, says that the FDA’s approval applies to patients who have a clear history of migraines and suffer from this headache frequently month after month. Allergan says that the injections should only be administered by a qualified Botox provider.

The patient can expect to attain relief from migraine headaches for about three months with Botox treatment. However, the effectiveness can vary between patients. Dr. Q is a leading cosmetic surgeon receiving patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for Botox.


Correct Diagnosis

One of the difficulties with Botox treatment is that the patients of chronic migraines may often wrongly self-diagnose their symptoms as ordinary headache and treat them with drugs for quick but temporary relief. The patient should be evaluated carefully for the type and nature of headache and treated appropriately by a qualified and reliable expert.

Following the FDA’s approval of Botox to prevent migraines, it has become possible to cut down the number of days and hours that a patient spends in pain resulting from migraines.


For more information on Plastic Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Spa Procedures and Treatments in the Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) by clicking here or calling 760-324-2660.

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