Can Botox Help With Migraines?

Can Botox Help With Migraines?

You have most likely already heard of Botox and its use for wrinkle reduction and anti-aging purposes – but did you know that Botox can also help to relieve migraines?

Here’s how it works.

Let's Refresh Our Knowledge On Botox

Botox is a neurotoxin, which sounds a lot scarier than it actually is. This botulinum toxin is produced from a bacteria that causes botulism, but don’t worry – it is purified to create the injection.

Botox injections are used to freeze muscle contractures. For the purposes of wrinkle reduction, Botox is most commonly injected into the muscles around the eyes and in the forehead.

When injected, Botox blocks the release of the chemical acetylcholine, or a chemical messenger between the body between the brain and your muscles. Blocking this chemical, in essence, paralyzes movement and muscle spasms.

Without this muscle movement, the skin above the muscle does not move, pinch, or develop wrinkles.

This is the process of utilizing Botox for facial rejuvenation, but these injections can be useful for treating migraines, too!

How Do These Treatments Work?

The traditional throbbing pain of migraines are can result from many different catalysts; migraines are from hormone changes, diet, stress, sleep issues, and more.

Botox, as we discussed earlier, blocks neurotransmitters in the brain to freeze movement. When fighting migraines, this can be a fantastic tool.

Injections are spaced across the scalp, focusing on either side and where your headaches typically begin.

Injecting Botox into the scalp and neck has two functions:

  • Paralyzing movement of muscle spasms in the neck
  • And blocking pain signals in the scalp.

This procedure won’t take very long at all to perform – only about 20 minutes! Your injector will inject up to 40 shots of Botox equally spaced on either side of your head, focusing on areas that primarily give you headache attacks.

Following your appointment, you may feel some soreness at the injection site. Alternate with hot and cold packs to help soothe away the sensitivity, and consult with your injector for instructions for proper care.

Find Relief At Smooth By Sarah

At Smooth By Sarah, we are always happy to deliver aesthetic wellness – but we care for your total health as well.

We partner with Warner Orthopedics & Wellness to offer total care for your whole body, from facial rejuvenation to IV Infusion Therapy to Botox treatments for migraines and muscle contractures.

Contact us today to help you find the perfect treatment for you. We’ll help you look and feel your best in no time!

Meet Sarah Balladares

Sarah Balladares is your expert in aesthetic medicine. She is trained in minimally-invasive anti-aging treatments and modern cosmetic medicine and is prepared to help you find your solutions for facial rejuvenation, spider vein therapy, IV therapy, and more.

Contact Sarah today to schedule a consultation and begin your own aesthetic journey.

Things To Keep In Mind After Your Appointment

Things To Keep In Mind After Your Appointment

Following through with dermal fillers or Botox is a big decision and an exciting one, too! Whether you are looking to improve the structure of your face, erase the signs of aging, or highlight a favorite feature, fillers and Botox can help you to boost your beauty and confidence with ease. 

While the procedures are simple and don’t require much in the way of downtime or upkeep, it is still essential to know the best practices to follow after leaving your appointment.

Today, we’re giving you pointers for what to do after getting your injection of choice.

Here Are Your Do's & Dont's

Rest assured that your injector will send you off with detailed aftercare instructions, but here is what you can expect following your appointment:

  • Do not exercise or strain the injection area for at least a few hours after leaving your appointment.

     

  • It is best to remain in a sitting or upright position for at least three hours following your injection.

     

  • Avoid sun exposure until irritation from your injection has subsided.

     

  • Refrain from scheduling dental appointments or facials for one to two weeks following a lip filler procedure.

     

  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol for at least 24 hours, though we recommend abstaining from cigarettes altogether.

     

  • Abstain from using harsh physical or chemical exfoliants on the face for at least a full day following your filler or injection.
  • If you notice swelling, sensitivity, or bruising at the injection site, this isn’t a reason for concern. Reduce this with a cool compress and Tylenol.

    Antihistamines may also help with swelling. Arnica gel is a natural topical that helps with bruising too.

Avoid aspirin or NSAIDs like Ibuprofen for up to a week following your appointment as these can increase the possibility of bruising.

Pay attention to your body for any signs of possible issues:

  • Discoloration of areas other than the injection site
  • A red, hot injection area
  • Intense pain at or around the injection area
  • Spiking fever or body chills

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your specialist immediately.

As a general rule of thumb for wellness, make sure to drink plenty of water before and after your appointment to stay well hydrated. However, we also have the ability to provide healthy IV infusions at the same time you receive your injection treatments.

Shortly after your injection experience, avoid sleeping on your face or massaging the injection area to give your injection sites time to heal.

Wait for one to two weeks for full recovery and settling of your fillers or Botox injection to determine if you are satisfied with your results.

If you are not content with the final result, contact your specialist to follow up about your next steps!  

Sarah and her team are passionate about producing the best outcomes possible.

As part of this process, Sarah or one of her team members will likely contact you to provide ‘after’ photos and to discuss your experience. We want total satisfaction!

Schedule Your Appointment Today

At Smooth By Sarah, we are dedicated to providing you with the best service and results possible. We have partnered with Warner Orthopedics & Wellness to offer top-of-the-line services and technology to have you feel great from the inside out.

From weight loss to facial rejuvenation and more, we have the tools to help you reach your goals. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Meet Sarah Balladares

Sarah Balladares is your expert in aesthetic medicine. She is trained in minimally-invasive anti-aging treatments and modern cosmetic medicine and is prepared to help you find your solutions for facial rejuvenation, spider vein therapy, IV therapy, and more.

Contact Sarah today to schedule a consultation and begin your own aesthetic journey.

Discount Fillers? Here’s Why You Should Always Do Your Research.

Discount Fillers? Here's Why You Should Always Do Your Research.

Fillers are wonderful tools for helping you refresh your facial features. From replenishing volume loss and facial contouring to rewinding the signs of aging, dermal fillers are a great way to give you added confidence in the presence that you put out into the world.

As professionals in the industry, we understand that dermal fillers are not an inexpensive purchase – and if you are a thrifty individual, you may scour the internet seeking coupons and discounts to cut costs.

Today, we want to tell you why it is crucial to do your research beforehand.

The Risks of Cheap Injections

There are many, many reasons why a cheap injection is a bad injection, but here are three that should immediately change your outlook.

1. Inexpensive specialists may offer low-quality service.

If the product you are receiving is cheap, your service likely will be as well. This can range in severity from the practices of your physician to the cleanliness of the setting you are receiving your filler in.

Your injector should be a qualified specialist. They will be knowledgeable about the product and where it comes from. Their bedside manner should be kind and welcoming, and the procedure setting should be sterile and trustworthy.

Unfortunately, this is often not the case when seeking inexpensive treatment. There are plenty of horror stories online, from “specialists” who have split injections between two separate appointments (causing needle contamination) to injecting too much or too little and botching results.

When you pay the higher costs for your injection, you are also paying for quality service. Don’t cut costs for risky service.

2. Cheap fillers can be fake fillers.

One of the reasons that companies can offer inexpensive fillers is because of the ingredients within the syringe.

This could be imitation injections without FDA approval, diluted filler, or expired product. In some cases, there may be no botulinum toxin in the injection at all.

You can always ask your provider to show you the product before unpackaging it. This ensures that your injection is safe, sealed, and untampered with.

Checking your injection beforehand can guarantee a sterile procedure, but if your source is not trustworthy, you have no way of knowing exactly what is being injected.

3. Your injections may be imported.

Another way that companies can cut the cost of your injection is to import the filler from other countries. The problem with this method of discounting costs is that the product you are injected into your skin does not follow United States FDA requirements.

These products are often mass-produced and under-regulated, and there is often no way to certify the license or medical grade of the filler.

Now, imagine putting that into your lips or undereye area. Just don’t do it.

If you want to avoid infection or the possibility of having to undo the damage of a counterfeit injection, budget for the real deal!

The Bottom Line

Cheap fillers are not always trustworthy. They may be tempting, but saving money on a faulty injection won’t save you money on fixing a problem with your filler later on.

If you are looking to save on fillers, start by finding a clinic or specialist that you can trust. Read reviews and talk to the doctors. If the establishment is trustworthy, you know that you will find great service and guaranteed results.

In some circumstances, these establishments will offer discounts or packages that either helps you to save on your services or get more bang for your buck. This is fine! Just make sure to do the legwork beforehand to ensure that the setting, specialist, and products being used are safe and satisfactory.

In some circumstances, these establishments will offer discounts or packages that either helps you to save on your services or get more bang for your buck. This is fine! Just make sure to do the legwork beforehand to ensure that the setting, specialist, and products being used are safe and satisfactory.

Find Service You Can Trust

At Smooth By Sarah, you can always rest assured that the products and service you seek are of the highest quality.

We work side by side with you to find your perfect treatment, no matter your end goal. We take this a step further by partnering with Warner Orthopedics & Wellness to offer you services from dermal fillers and Botox to IV Infusion therapy and spider vein therapy.

Contact us today for fillers you can trust, facial rejuvenation, and aesthetic wellness!

Meet Sarah Balladares

Sarah Balladares is your expert in aesthetic medicine. She is trained in minimally-invasive anti-aging treatments and modern cosmetic medicine and is prepared to help you find your solutions for facial rejuvenation, spider vein therapy, IV therapy, and more.

Contact Sarah today to schedule a consultation and begin your own aesthetic journey.

New Year’s Eve Recovery With IV Infusions

New Year's Eve Recovery With IV Infusions

Celebrating is a good thing! Whether it’s New Year’s Eve, an engagement, or a night in with good friends and good conversation, we need to embrace every ounce of excitement and community, especially during this time of social distancing.

These festivities, however, can sometimes knock us off our feet the next day.

You may wake up feeling dehydrated and fatigued, and this may come hand-in-hand with a splitting headache. What’s worse is that these symptoms can last up to 24 hours.

If you’ve gone through this before, you’ve probably treated this the way many do: drinking as much water as your stomach allows, staying in bed, and sleeping off your hangover. 

We’re here to give you another option for fast, effective relief: IV Infusion Therapy.

What Are Botox Injections?

Intravenous (V) Infusion Treatments are exactly what they sound like! This therapy offers infusions of vitamins and minerals that are delivered straight into your system via IV injection.

Your IV Infusion specialist can offer a variety of different infusions for your various needs. These are just a few goals that can be met with IV Infusion:

  • Weight Loss
  • Hangover Relief
  • Immunity Defense
  • Skin Rejuvenation

Thanks to this special therapy, your specialist can provide your body with fast-absorbing, high vitamin doses to help you feel better, faster.

How Will This Help With My Hangover?

If you find yourself feeling less than spectacular after a night of drinking or celebrating, IV Infusion Therapy can help you to get back on your feet in less time than huddling up at home.

These infusions typically contain vitamins and minerals that lessen the day after-effects of a late, exciting night. This may include a Vitamin B complex, vitamin C, magnesium, and much-needed electrolytes for hydration. 

Pro Tip: Get your IV Infusion treatment before or after your night out (or in).

Dosing your system in advance can help to lessen your morning-after symptoms or prevent them altogether! You’ll notice that you’ll feel less nauseous, less dizzy, and better equipped for your day ahead.

Get Up & Get Going With Smooth By Sarah

At Smooth By Sarah, we partner with Warner Orthopedics & Wellness in Baton Rouge to offer you a variety of health treatments to help you fight your hangover symptoms and achieve your wellness goals.

Contact us today to find your perfect IV Infusion Treatment, no matter if you need to overcome a hangover, deliver a boost of vitamins to your system, assist in weight loss, or hydrate and rejuvenate your skin.

We are with you every step of the way, helping you find exactly what you need to find optimal beauty and wellness. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Meet Sarah Balladares

Sarah Balladares is your expert in aesthetic medicine. She is trained in minimally-invasive anti-aging treatments and modern cosmetic medicine and is prepared to help you find your solutions for facial rejuvenation, spider vein therapy, IV therapy, and more.

Contact Sarah today to schedule a consultation and begin your own aesthetic journey.