Anyone who suffers from migraines knows how debilitating and disruptive they can be. Although there are now many effective medications available to manage migraines, some people continue to experience migraines despite this. Others prefer not to take medications on an ongoing basis.

The discovery that Botulinum toxin (Botox®, Dysport®) injections could prevent migraines was accidental. It was noted curiously that some migraine sufferers who received Botulinum toxin injections to treat wrinkles between their eyebrows also reported a marked reduction in the frequency of their migraines. It is now thought that, for at least some patients, migraines can be triggered in certain regions of the scalp where sensory nerves become irritated when passing through muscle. Paralysis of these muscles with Botulinum toxin leads to reduced irritation of the sensory nerves, resulting in fewer migraines. Subsequent research has identified three discrete anatomical regions of the scalp in which a sensory nerve passes through muscle that can be treated with Botulinum toxin injections to prevent or minimise the occurrence of migraines in some patients.

As some individuals do not experience success with this treatment, Dr Boorer will carefully assess you for suitability for this procedure.

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