November marks the unofficial start of migraine season in Southern Alberta – mainly due to the changes in air pressure every time a Chinook blows in.
If you suffer from debilitating headaches that leave you irritable, helpless and wishing you could just curl up in a ball all day, Botox may be an option for you.
“Common migraine headache symptoms include, head pain, sensitivity to light and dizzy spells,” says Dr. Ankit Vakil from Pinnacle Medical Centres Crowfoot location. “If you’re one of the many people who suffer from migraine headaches, Botox injections have proven to produce positive results in people who suffer from migraine headaches.”
How it Works
This simple, virtually painless procedure takes about 10-minutes and focuses on seven head-and-neck muscles. Patients often say it is like being lightly poked with a toothpick. It is believed, when injected, Botox acts to decrease activity of the body’s neurotransmitters (chemicals that deliver messages to your brain), which are associated with feeling pain. The procedure is usually repeated every three-to-four months.
Is it Covered Under My Medical Insurance?
In most cases, the cost of the procedure (the injections) is fully covered by Alberta Health. Please bring your AHS card to your appointment. The cost of the Botox is the patient’s responsibility but most insurance providers cover 80%.
*Note- Patients must be between the ages of 18-64 years old
If you’re interested in learning more about Botox for treating migraines, please speak with your family doctor. If you’re unsure of where to go to have your migraines treated with Botox, we recommend Altura Aesthetics. You can contact them at 403-814-9780 and they will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and/or schedule a consultation with one of their physicians.
Don’t have a family doctor?
Most of our locations are also accepting new patients, including our:
- Crowfoot Location
- Okotoks Location
- Strathmore location
- Beddington Location
- High River Location