The news on Friday that the United Kingdom had become the first country to officially approve the use of BOTOX injections for preventing migraine headaches came as little surprise to Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon Dr. William Binder. A pioneer in the cosmetic and therapeutic use of the BOTOX neurotoxin since the 1980's, Dr. Binder made headlines in the early 1990's for discovering that BOTOX was effective in relieving the pain and preventing the onset of debilitating migraine headaches. After these breakthrough findings, he went on to develop an injection protocol that is the basis of the current Botox for migraine treatment for relieving and preventing migraine headaches.
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Binder has continued to successfully treat many migraine patients with BOTOX. Experts predict the U.K. approval could hasten a decision on the BOTOX for migraine treatment from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. There are an estimated 36 million migraine patients in the US. For those patients reporting no symptom relief from medications, the Botox for migraine treatment may be their only hope.
"The current pain medications available are often ineffective for many patients, and they offer no hope for preventing headache episodes. When administered properly, this BOTOX treatment offers long-acting, well-tolerated, preventative therapy," Dr. Binder explains.
Dr. Binder says injection location and dosing are critical to achieving an effective, long-lasting result without undesirable side effects. The BOTOX for migraine treatment takes about twenty minutes and it can provide relief of pain and related symptoms (nausea, vomiting, photophobia,) for up to three or more months.
About Dr. William Binder
Double-board certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. William J. Binder is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. His medical office and surgical facility are in Beverly Hills.