Botox ® as a Cure for Migraines – Aesthetic Beauty Centre Blazes the Northeast Trail
As anyone who suffers from migraines knows, the pain can be excruciating, causing significant disruption to your life. You can suffer sight loss, weakness of the arms and legs, watering of the eyes and nausea, eliminating sometimes 10 to 15 days in every month.
Could Botox be the answer?
Botox ® is a treatment more commonly used to combat fine lines and wrinkles. This Botulinium protein is injected into the muscle beneath the skin of the eyebrow area, forehead, temples or upper neck, causing it to relax. While it may seem unorthodox, many patients suffering from migraines or tension headaches have found it significantly reduces their pain. It can even prevent a recurrence of the problem for an average four-and-a-half to five months.
The Aesthetic Beauty Centre was one of the first practices in the Northeast to recognise the efficacy of Botox ® in treating migraines. Cosmetic surgeon Dr Ash Dutta was trained in its use in this context by a consultant neurologist at Hull Royal Infirmary in 2003, and has been providing it ever since. In 2011 it was officially licensed for migrainous headaches.
Dr Dutta is convinced that Botox ® can work, but is aware of its limitations. “You need to be absolutely clear that there is a distinct possibility that it may not be right for you and it may not give you any symptom relief,” he said. “It’s impossible to predict. However, if you do get symptom relief, you can continue. About 40 to 50 per cent of patients benefit from it and they absolutely vouch for it.”
The treatment is available on a small scale on the NHS, but it tends to be sporadic. At the Aesthetic Beauty Centre, patients are always asked if they have seen their GP and tried other remedies first. If Botox ® doesn’t work initially, they can come back in two weeks for a further dose, and if it still proves ineffective, they are referred back to their GP or neurologist.
With an estimated five to eight per cent of the population suffering from migraines, and many more from painful and sometimes debilitating tension headaches, a simple series of injection of a harmless protein may be just what they are looking for.