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Treating tension headaches with Botox

Tension headaches are different from migraines. Tension headaches do not involve nausea and the symptoms are often less severe. Both migraine and tension headaches can be treated with Botox.

The pain is often caused by involuntary muscle tension. By applying Botox in the muscles near the head with a botox injector, the tension will largely disappear and the headache will stay away. An additional advantage is that any frown line and possibly forehead wrinkle will be reduced or removed. For many people, Botox is the last resort to get rid of that annoying headache.

How does a treatment for tension headaches work?

Different areas of the face and neck can be treated with Botox, including the forehead, top of the neck, back of the head and temples. By injecting a Botox syringe into the forehead, the muscles become weaker and a lot of tension in your head, neck and shoulders will disappear. The headache will never completely disappear, but it reduces the intensity of the pain and the number of (migraine) attacks.

What is the result of the treatment?

The effect of the Botox treatment can be felt after two to six days. Because the muscles in the forehead relax, the headache will stay away or decrease. Botox remains in place for three to six months. The treatment can be repeated without any problem.

What does a treatment for tension headaches cost?

The cost of treatment depends on which treatment is best for you. The cost starts at €149,-. Many people already benefit from treating the frown line because these muscles cause many complaints.

A specialist has to see you to give good advice. During the consultation, your wishes and expectations will be discussed and they will advise you.

How does the aftercare of a treatment for tension headaches work?

After a treatment with Botulinum toxin (such as Botox or Azzalure), it is important to be careful not to touch the treated area too much and not to use make-up for at least four hours after the treatment to prevent infections. This is recommended because the use of the Botox syringe creates small holes in the skin. In addition, it’s advised to not exercise for 12 to 24 hours after treatment and to avoid the sauna and/or sunbed. It takes several hours before the nerves have absorbed the Botox.

It is important to move and use the injected muscle as much as possible during the first hour after the treatment, so that the botulinum toxin can settle in the muscle as quickly as possible.