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Walnut Creek, CA 94595
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Botox For Migraine Headaches

Learn about expert treatments for migraine headaches provided by Dr. Gary A. Belaga.

As a specialist in headache treatment located in Walnut Creek, CA, Dr. Gary Belaga is committed to providing effective solutions for patients suffering from chronic migraines. 

One of the advanced treatments we offer at Belaga Medical is Botox injections, which have shown great promise in reducing the frequency and severity of migraine headaches.

“From my experience, personal connections and continuous care are the most important things. Therefore I always take the time to get to know my patients.”

Dr. Belaga

About Botox For Migraine Treatment

Understanding Botox for Migraines

Botox, known for its cosmetic applications, is also FDA-approved for treating chronic migraines. Chronic migraines are defined as headaches occurring on 15 or more days per month, each lasting four hours or more. Botox works by blocking the release of certain chemicals involved in pain transmission, thus preventing the activation of pain networks in the brain​ (Cleveland Clinic)​.

Treatment Process

At Belaga Medical, located in Walnut Creek, CA, we follow a meticulous procedure for administering Botox. The treatment involves multiple injections around specific areas of the head and neck. During your visit, I will inject small amounts of Botox into areas such as the forehead, temples, and back of the head. The procedure typically lasts about 15-20 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis, allowing you to return to your daily activities immediately afterward​ (Derm Collective)​​.

Effectiveness and Timeline

Patients usually start with two treatments spaced 12 weeks apart, followed by ongoing treatments every three months. It can take several weeks after the initial injections to notice a reduction in migraine frequency and severity. Most patients experience significant benefits after the second or third treatment session. On average, Botox can prevent about eight to nine headache days per month​.

Side Effects and Risks

While Botox is generally safe, there are potential side effects. Common side effects include pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site, as well as mild flu-like symptoms, neck stiffness, and dry mouth. Serious side effects are rare but can include muscle weakness, vision problems, and difficulty swallowing​. At Belaga Medical, we take every precaution to minimize these risks and ensure your safety.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Botox is recommended for adults who experience chronic migraines, defined as having 15 or more headache days per month. It is not typically used for episodic migraines or other types of headaches. Before starting Botox treatment, I will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine if it’s the right option for your specific condition​.

Benefits of Botox Treatment for Migraines

  • Reduction in Headache Frequency: Many patients report a significant decrease in the number of headache days per month.
  • Improved Quality of Life: Fewer headaches can lead to better overall well-being and the ability to engage in daily activities.
  • Minimal Downtime: The procedure is quick and typically does not require a long recovery period.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long does it take for Botox to work for migraines? It can take several weeks to notice a reduction in migraine frequency, with significant benefits often seen after the second or third treatment session.

  2. Are there any serious side effects of Botox for migraines? Serious side effects are rare but can include muscle weakness, vision problems, and difficulty swallowing. Most side effects are mild and temporary.

  3. How often do I need to get Botox injections for migraines? Treatments are typically administered every 12 weeks to maintain their effectiveness.

At Belaga Medical, located in Walnut Creek, CA, we are dedicated to providing the highest standard of care. If you suffer from chronic migraines, consider discussing Botox treatment with us to explore how it can help you achieve relief and improve your quality of life.

For more detailed information, please visit our website or contact us directly to schedule a consultation. Your health and well-being are our top priorities, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Words From Our Patients

Yev Roberts
Yev Roberts
2023-08-11
I recommend paying a visit to Dr. Belaga, my concern was addressed and he made sure I have the right treatment plan. I can tell he is really passionate about his work, punctual with appointments and easy to reach with any follow up questions.
Chang Liu
Chang Liu
2023-02-06
I’m grateful to have met Dr Belaga and his staff on my migraine journey. He’s simply one of the most helpful, efficient and compassionate doctors I’ve ever met. With Dr Belaga’s advice and help, I was able to try different types of migraine treatments and found what worked for me. More importantly, I really feel like he’s advocating for me and doing whatever it takes to help me, including fighting with insurance. His staff are also extremely kind, flexible and responsive. I highly recommend this office for anyone seeking migraine prevention and relief.
Sandy Rowley
Sandy Rowley
2021-03-05
So very thankful to of found Dr. Belaga. He answered all of my questions, treated me with respect and came up with a workable solution. Highly recommend this Neurologist.
Nicole Rugg
Nicole Rugg
2019-03-06
Dr. Belaga listened to my concerns and found something that other doctors had missed because of this. He is kind and overall an amazing doctor. I would recommend him to anyone
Evan G
Evan G
2018-03-19
12 years of migraines vs Dr. Belaga, and Dr. Belaga won. I suffered from jaw/neck/headache/migraine issues for years and was truly hopeless. I've been to Belaga's office a few times for adjustments and he *always* makes time to see me ASAP. I am in good hands and wish that I had found him sooner. If you are suffering from migraines, you don't have to anymore.
Joseph West
Joseph West
2017-10-27
Dr. Belaga has helped me and is Super! Number one. Very pleasant and also an Ambasador for Neorology world wide.
Keara Scott
Keara Scott
2017-09-17
Dr Belaga is a wonderful, caring neurologist and his staff is lovely and always accommodating. He has taken great care of me and my aching head for years. Thank you, Dr B!
0 SAD1
0 SAD1
2017-02-25
Amazing doctor. Caring and compassionate. Staff are all great and really helpful. Office location is well appointed and has parking available free of charge. Highly recommended. I've seen him for almost 10 years.

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