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Get Botox® for migraines and chronic headaches in Surrey, at our medical clinic (near Vancouver)

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Our Surrey medical clinic offers Botox® injections for migraines and headaches. This is a non-MSP covered service, paid for privately by our patients. Some financial assistance may be available through private insurance companies or from the drug provider. See below for more details.

Link leads to our clinic next door:

Or, call: (604) 594-2714

Suite 102 – 13805 104 Ave Surrey, B.C., V3T 1W7. Get directions.

We are located near Central City, on 104 Ave and King George Hwy. That puts us within driving distance for patients seeking this migraine therapy from Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Delta (Tswwassen and Ladner), Richmond, South Surrey, Langley, Aldergrove, New Westminster, Port Moody, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and even Chilliwack and Abbotsford.

You don’t need to be a regular patient at our clinic to receive this treatment from us.

If you have a diagnosis for migraines, or if you’re not sure, you can speak to our on-staff doctors. They can help determine if Botox® pain therapy is right for your case.

The best way to get started is to come in for an appointment. We’ll learn more about you, and answer any questions you may have. From there, we’ll be able to give you an accurate quote for treating your migraines or chronic headaches. And, if we think an MSP-covered solution or other prescription will work for you, we’ll let you know.

This treatment is ideal if you prefer not to take medications after you get an onset of head pain. Treating migraines with a preventative therapy like Botox® can lead to great improvements in your quality of life. If this solution works for you, you may find that you can sleep better, work better and get through daily life struggles a lot easier than before.

Below we answer some frequently asked questions about our migraine treatments using Botox® therapeutic. We strongly encourage you to have a read through this information, so you are fully prepared for what to expect during your appointment.

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What makes your Vancouver migraine treatments so special?

Dr Shah at Beautiful Canadian Laser and Skincare Clinic in Surrey near Vancouver - Botox Injector and Cosmetic Laser Practitioner

Our lead doctor, Dr. Shah, is not just experienced as a Botox® injector. He also studied pain medicine, including medical acupuncture at UCLA. He worked for the Thorson Pain Clinic in North Vancouver in his early career. His knowledge goes beyond understanding Botox® injection sites for wrinkles; he is well-versed in pain points and pain management, too.

Moreover, it’s important to know that when injecting Botox® for pain relief, it also affects wrinkles and facial muscles. It works this way as it does for aesthetic procedures. This is because it is the same product, used in some of the same spots, but for different reasons.

Knowing what the typical facial reactions are when using this product helps to keep your face symmetrical after treatments. It also avoids any droopy eyelids or adverse side effects. Dr. Shah is regarded for his aptitude in cosmetic injections. He is even called on to train others, due to his reputation in the industry. You can rest assured you’ll be in good hands when receiving Botox® injections at our clinic.

More on Dr. Shah’s training and qualifications can be seen here.

Link leads to our clinic next door:

Or, call: (604) 594-2714

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How do your Botox® migraine treatments work?

Surrey Botox injection by a doctor on a male patient for forehead wrinkles

Our Surrey Botox® treatments for migraines start with a free consultation at our medical clinic next door (Amari Medical Practice).

Since migraines can be indicators of other health issues, we will want to learn some essential information about your case, before resorting to Botox® injections. This will help to qualify you for Botox®, before you spend on this procedure without realizing your root cause can be fixed another way.

During a treatment session, you’ll be in a private room with a doctor and, sometimes, a trained medical office assistant. Only doctors do injections at our clinic. The second person is present to assist, and to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure.

Migraines require many more units of Botox® than they do for wrinkles. The term “units” is the way practitioners measure the amount of liquid Botox® that is used for a given purpose. Our doctors will assess your needs, and prescribe a number of units and injection points required to solve your migraines.

Using a needle, small amounts of Botox® are inserted into your head’s pain points (possibly leading down to your neck and shoulders, too). These will feel like quick, ‘in-and-out’ pokes. They will be done about 30 or 40 times in a single session. No anaesthetic is needed.

Thereafter, it will take about two or three weeks to notice signs of improvement with your headaches.

Botox® works for migraines by blocking pain signals from neurotransmitters (or so it is believed). These neurotransmitters are unable to reach your nerve endings when Botox® stops them.

Link leads to our clinic next door:

Or, call: (604) 594-2714

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Is Botox® for migraines a permanent solution to head pain?

No, Botox® is a substance that is metabolized by your body. It will dissipate over time. Most people need to be re-injected every 3 to 4 months. Some people experience a ‘wearing off’ effect sooner than that. If you need more frequent intervals of injections, we will need to assess your case further.

Nonetheless, Botox® is not known to prevent all migraines or headaches. However, it can significantly reduce the amount of severe ‘pain days’ that you experience. This reduction effect can be different for every person; it all depends on how your own body reacts to this drug. Studies have shown that the number of days migraines occur can be reduced by up to 50% with Botox®.

We also know that the more rounds of Botox® a person has, the more their pain can decrease over time (up to about 70% less migraine days per month). In other words, the effects are likely to get better and better, if you continue with this treatment.

A small minority of people may not experience pain reduction from Botox®. This is near-impossible to predict, and – again – has to do with your own body’s reaction to the drug.

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Are there side-effects to using Botox® for migraines or headaches?

Typically, no. Although, whether or not you experience common side-effects of Botox®, such as temporary facial paralysis, depends largely on the knowledge and experience of the practitioner doing the injections. This is why it is so important to use a trained, qualified injector for any botulinum toxin treatments (which Botox® is made of).

Other, more serious side-effects to Botox® are extremely rare, as they are with many other drugs. These reactions could also stem from pre-existing allergies or conditions. Before your treatment, we will ask for your entire health history, to avoid these issues as much as possible. It will be important to disclose all medications, allergies and conditions you have, or have had, even if you think they are unrelated to your treatments with us. We will also let you know of all the possible side-effects of Botox® before your treatment.

As a last note on this topic, we will mention that some people do experience headaches from the procedure itself. This is temporary, and can be because of the tensity some people have towards needle injections, in general. If you are worried about needles, know that the insertions for this procedure are like quick, in-and-out ‘pokes.’ They don’t usually hurt after they are removed.

Link leads to our clinic next door:

Or, call: (604) 594-2714

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What are the symptoms of chronic migraines versus headaches, and how can I be diagnosed?

Migraines are not just headaches (though headaches can be bad too). People with migraines experience debilitating, pulsating pain in their head. It can get so bad that they are unable to work or do simple activities, like climb stairs. Migraines come with other symptoms too, such as nausea, blurry or spotty vision, sleeplessness, light sensitivity and more. Each ‘attack’ can last up to 72 hours, and they can happen 15 days out of the month, or more.

If you have excruciating, chronic head pain, you will probably have already seen your doctor about this issue. It’s not something you bypass as ‘no big deal.’

However, people may get frequent, non-migraine headaches and not realize they have a diagnosable problem. Usually, these episodic, but semi-regular headaches can be solved, somehow.

For that reason, it’s good to know what the common classifications are for other types of headaches. While there are too many to name them all here, the ones you’ll hear most about are:

Tension headaches

These are mild to moderate headaches that feel like pressure points in one or more areas of your head. They can happen occasionally, or as often as migraines (more than 15 days per month). However, they are usually treatable with over-the-counter pain medications. Some may experience success with alternative modes of healing, such as acupuncture, massage or physical therapy exercises.

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Cluster headaches

These types of headaches are severe. They happen irregularly, but for weeks at a time, and usually on one side of the head. They can go ‘on and off’ like this for months, and can be associated with nasal issues.

The best way to find out what type of headaches you have, is to see your family doctor. A diagnosis can help to hone in on your treatment options.

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What causes migraines and headaches, and how can I prevent them?

Headaches can have many known causes. For example, they can stem from injury, sinus pressure, dental or jaw problems, stress, infection, neurological conditions, hormone changes, medicine use, and more. However, migraines and headaches can also be a mystery; sometimes, there is just no explanation for why a person gets these painful attacks in the head, neck and shoulders.

If you experience frequent tension headaches or migraines, it will be important to know what your triggers are. For example, stress, teeth clenching, caffeine, exercise, lighting or odour changes – all of these can cause headaches in some people. In fact, even over-using pain medications can cause headaches. This is why they should be used cautiously.

Without knowing whether you have an underlying problem, or without identifying your triggers, it can be hard to prevent headaches. The first step is to see a doctor.

Botox® is one solution for headache prevention. However, if you are new to the world of chronic headaches, your journey may involve lifestyle changes and trying different things, first.

Link leads to our clinic next door:

Or, call: (604) 594-2714

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What other options are there for treating chronic migraines in Vancouver?

The options for treating chronic migraines or headaches in Vancouver can abound. As mentioned above, people can see success with acupuncture, massage or physical therapy exercises. If the problem is related to a dental condition, then a dentist may be able to help. Some even claim that certain herbs can relieve head pain. Using a hot or cold compress in a dark room can do the trick for others.

However, when it comes to the realm of mainstream medicine, the typical road to managing this type of pain will be with drugs. Drugs for migraines are not just pain killers. They can be antidepressants, anti-inflammatories, blood pressure medications, seizure medications or other drugs commonly used for other conditions. For one reason or another, they also relieve headaches. They can be prescribed as preventative, or reactive solutions.

But again – we can’t stress this enough: you’ll need to see your doctor to find a root cause for your pain, first. Otherwise, you could be treating the wrong problem, and thus not getting results.

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What is the cost of Botox® injections for migraines and headaches in Vancouver? Are they covered by MSP?

The cost of treating migraines with Botox® in Vancouver (and Surrey) can depend largely on your case, the practitioner you go to, and any coverage you have, or are eligible for. At our Surrey clinic, we can give more precise quotes after seeing you in person for a consultation. This is because the number of Botox® units you’ll need for your specific headaches can be unique to you.

Our pricing includes the initial consultation, the doctor’s service time, all equipment and materials, and the Botox® itself.

Botox® is not covered by MSP in B.C. for migraines or headaches. If your private insurance carrier covers this treatment, we can get you the proper documentation to claim your reimbursements.

The makers of Botox® (Allergan) also run a program that may help to pay for up to 20% of your treatment costs (even if part of the cost is covered by your private insurance company). After a consultation at our medical clinic, you will need to apply for the program on their website, and follow all instructions carefully. Not everyone will be eligible for this program (it is only meant for extreme cases of chronic migraines). Learn more here.

To get started with your Botox® treatments for migraines and headaches, please book an appointment with our medical clinic, which is adjacent to Beautiful Canadian Laser and Skincare Clinic in Surrey.

Link leads to our clinic next door:

Or, call: (604) 594-2714

Suite 102 – 13805 104 Ave Surrey, B.C., V3T 1W7. Get directions.

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Important notes:
Prices on this website are to be used as a guide, and not a definite cost for your treatment. Prices can change at any time.

Procedure results are not guaranteed, and can vary from patient to patient.

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