It is an injection of Botox (botulinum toxin) which is a toxin produced by bacteria, it causes paralyses of the muscle in which it is injected. It is used to treat different conditions including headaches, involuntary muscle contraction such as focal dystonia and muscle spasticity; it can also be used cosmetically for facial wrinkles.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF IT?
Botox treatment works by blocking nerve impulses responsible for controlling muscles, thereby relaxing the treated area and preventing muscle contraction that can wrinkle the skin or induce spasm. The distinct advantage of BOTOX therapy is its ability to treat a specific target area. However, with migraine headaches, there is often no muscle component. Scientists speculate that BOTOX works by blocking a specific protein that carries the pain message to the brain.
The actual injection only takes a few minutes, but plan to be in the office for one to two hours. This allows for your pre-op and recovery time as well. Your driver must remain in the building during your procedure.
WHAT IS ACTUALLY INJECTED?
The injection consists of the Botox mixture only.
WILL THE BOTOX INJECTION HURT?
The procedure involves inserting a needle through the skin and tissue. So, there is some discomfort involved. However, for some procedures we numb the skin and deeper tissues with a local anesthetic using a very thin needle just prior to the performance of the injection.
WILL I BE “PUT OUT” FOR THIS PROCEDURE?
No. This procedure is usually done with no anesthetic, but local anesthesia may be used for some types of procedures.
HOW IS THE INJECTION PERFORMED?
The procedure is done with the patient lying on their stomach or back, depending on where the injection is being performed. The patient is monitored with a blood oxygen- monitoring device. The area is cleaned with alcohol and then the injection is carried out.
This pamphlet is for general education only. Specific questions or concerns should always be directed to your doctor. Your doctor can explain possible risks and side effects.