Around 15 percent of the population suffer from migraines, and one in fifty of us experiences chronic migraines, meaning they are affected by these severe headaches on more than 15 days a month. Unlike with an ordinary headache, a migraine can cause nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and often produce the effect of an aura or other visual disturbances, slurred speech, weakness and numbness on one side.
The effect of Botox on headaches was first discovered two decades ago after people who had chosen to have injections for cosmetic reasons displayed fewer migraines after the procedure than previously. While we don’t yet understand exactly how it works, research suggests that it reduces pain signals from various receptors to the brain.
The procedure takes around a quarter of an hour when booked with a practitioner with botox training, with the patient sitting in a chair or on the couch, and is conducted without need for an anaesthetic as it is no more painful than acupuncture. It can take a few days before the results are noticeable, but it will be between four and six months before the patient needs another course of injections.
Whilst botox training in the capital is an expensive option, many practitioners now train in cheaper places such as the North West, home to Dr Hennessy’s industry-leading botox and aesthetics training courses.