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Migraines and Headaches Los Angeles, CA

MIGRAINE AND HEADACHES, DEFINED

Migraines are recurrent, extremely painful headaches that affect millions of Americans every year. Seventy five percent of migraine sufferers are women. A migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or a pulsing sensation in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, disorientation, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.

Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and be so severe that all you can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to lie down. Recurring migraines significantly impact the quality of life for those who suffer from them.

Some migraine episodes can be so extreme, that it becomes impossible to perform basic functions such as driving a car or going to work. Finding an effective treatment for recurrent migraine headaches has been a medical priority for many years.

The cause of migraine headaches is not clearly understood, although both genetics and environmental factors seem to play a role. Imbalances in brain chemicals, specifically serotonin, which helps regulate pain, may also be involved.

Researchers continue to study the role of serotonin in migraines, but we do know that serotonin levels drop dramatically during a migraine attack. Triggers include food, food additives, drinks, stress, sensory stimuli, changes in sleep patterns, physical exertion, changes in the environment and medication.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM
YOUR MIGRAINE TREATMENT

Botox treatments consist of several tiny injections that Dr. Rivkin and his staff administer in multiple areas of the head and neck. While no anesthesia is necessary, we may apply ice or a numbing cream to the injection site to reduce any discomfort for the patient. Botox treatments for migraines typically entail treatments at 12-week intervals.

While results differ for each patient, the positive effects of each procedure last up to 4 months. Dr. Rivkin has seen that some people who get Botox regularly for migraines tend to need less and less of a dose as their treatment continues. Dr. Alexander Rivkin’s practice has been focused on Botox and filler injections for the last 10 years. He has treated thousands of patients with Botox at Westside Aesthetics.

Migraines and TMJ disorders constitute a major part of his practice. The muscles and nerves in the face are complex — for safe and effective results, you need a doctor who has both expertise in the effects of Botox and a deep knowledge about the complex web of muscles that contribute to migraines.

Contact Dr. Rivkin today to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Rivkin will thoroughly review your medical history in order to determine the best treatment plan for you. He and his team of experts will answer any questions you may have to ensure you have the best experience and are completely comfortable with the treatment plan.