|Dr. Andy, Mesotherapy, Weight-Loss, Bariatric Medicine, Liposuction, Botox, Fillers, Migraines, Headache, Liposuction, Cosmetic Surgery, Anti-aging Clinic, Growth Hormone
|Injections for Pain also ease Wrinkles
|Imagine getting relief from your headaches.
Now imagine looking younger in the process.
That is no fantasy, according to Dr. Andy, who makes both
Dr. Andy, a specialist in Anti-Aging Medicine/Surgery, uses
injectable Botox to treat headaches, neck pain and back pain.
Although Botox has gotten horrible headlines lately, its application
has many uses never discussed in those stories. Botox is a
neuromodulator, which has the power to temporarily paralyze
the muscles under the skin. It has been used to ease the furrows
and frown lines on the forehead and around the eyes. Done
correctly, this procedure leads to natural looking, younger
Botulinum toxin was discovered in 1949. The research team
of Dr. Burgen was the first to determine that this molecule
was capable of blocking nerve transmission between a nerve
and its muscle. It has been used by plastic surgeons since
the early 90s as a cosmetic procedure to make the face look
younger and smoother. It has also been used to treat headaches
for about six to seven years. Dr. Andy believes he is the
only doctor doing both in Japan.
Small doses of Botox are injected into a muscle at the site
of pain or pathology (head and neck pain ). The neuromodulator
temporarily blocks the production of a chemical transmitter
called acetylcholine, which is responsible for transmitting
electrical impulses between the nerve and the muscle. This
blockade permits the relaxation of the muscle injected and
diminishes the transmission of pain signals. Injection is
done into the forehead, temples, neck or head, depending on
the type, severity and the location of the headache the patient
experiences. Dr. Andy says there is some overlapping between
the two applications; for headaches and cosmetic purposes,
because when we do headaches we typically do the forehead
but not usually the crow` s feet. But if the patient requests
crow feet treatment at the same time, this can be done also.
Most of Dr. Andy`s headache clients are patients suffering
from migraine, tension-type headaches, cervico-genic headaches,
or post-traumatic headaches, or whiplash neck pain. Patients
with back and muscle pain caused by spasm also benefit from
this treatment. Contraindications for the treatment are patients
who are pregnant or lactating, and patients with neurological
conditions that cause paralysis or muscle weakness. .
Botox treatment takes several days for results to become noticeable.
Patients will notice a decrease in the frequency and severity
of headaches and migraine over a 3 to 5 month period, after
which time, the treatment can be repeated if needed. It is
unknown at this time if the therapeutic benefits are cumulative
with time. Patients usually experience within 2 weeks and
may choose to discontinue use of other prophylactic medications.
There are a few side effects associated with this treatment.
There is a risk that it will have no effect. A slight discomfort
may be experienced by the injection and bruising may occur
at the site of injection. Muscle response near the eyes and
shoulders may be temporarily but slightly affected. Effects
of the medication are reversible.
Rigorous scientific results of clinical studies using Botox
in the treatment of migraines and headaches have been conducted
in Europe, South Africa, United States and Canada. Results
have been encouraging. Botox can alleviate severe tension
headaches, whiplash and neck pain, and reduce the intensity
and frequency of migraines. All study participants have noted
a diminished frequency, intensity and duration of headaches
Because of the debilitating nature of migraine headaches,
and of the disabling power of the primary headache in general,
treatment of patients with these disorders often poses an
enormous challenge. Treatment of this ailment falls into two
major categories. One is to administer acute therapy to quickly
minimize suffering. Common acute therapies include analgesics,
dopamine antagonists, etc., however these agents may be effective
in the short term, they do not prevent future attacks. Moreover,
patients who experience frequent headaches are at increased
risk of overusing acute headache medications. Another way
is to use effective and long-lasting prevention using Botox.
According to Dr. Andy, Botox is not a cure but a challenge
of managing the disabling primary headache which can mean
a dramatic change in life-style.