Botox for headaches and migraines?

botox for migraine headache migreeni päänsärky

In a collaboration with Ebeling dentists
/ treatment gifted


I’ll never forget my first migraine. I puked, suffered the worst headache I’ve ever experienced and felt horrible for three days straight. These were my migraines as a child.

As I got older, my migraines turned less severe. They usually lasted only for a day. But even that one day was torture. The next day after my migraine I always felt reborn and amazing. Just because the contrast between being in migraine versus feeling normal was huge.

Anyone who’s experienced migraines probably gets what I’m talking about.

Botox for migraine and headache

I’m very lucky, because nowadays my migraines are very mild. I don’t know what has happened, but I’m not complaining. I only get headache that is nowhere near as bad as it could be. It’s been several years since I last had a proper migraine (though the possibility and fear of having one never really leaves you).

As you might know, I take botox for bruxism and it’s been a tremendous help. Bruxism can also cause headaches and it’s weird, how it shows up in different parts of the body – not only the jaw area.

Headaches are still something I get occasionally. I also sometimes get this migraine-like pain around my eyes, so I was eager to try botox. Another big thing is that I frown a lot. I do it constantly. I also frown when it’s sunny or bright outside. Frowning can cause headache too. Obviously it also causes wrinkles and can make you look a bit angry. Some take botox just for this reason and I understand that.

Lifting your eyebrows a lot can also cause headaches and horizontal lines on the forehead.

On my latest appointment my dentist Sakari Ebeling injected botox on my jaw, temples (those are the ‘regular areas’), neck and between my brows. Where the botox is injected is always personal so these areas and the amount vary depending on the person.

My dentist Sakari Ebeling said this about treating migraine with botox:

“We’ve got good results with botulin toxin for patients that suffer from migraine. The migraine episodes are milder, they are less frequent and they can even stay away. Patients have also received good results for bruxism or tension headaches. When treating migraine, the typical areas which are injected are the muscles on the temples, forehead, between brows and muscles on the base of the skull. It must be taken into account though, that the results vary and not everyone necessary get the help they hope to get.”


Before & after botox for frown lines

botox for frown lines before and after

I noticed a change in my frown lines about a week after taking botox. I couldn’t frown as hard as I used to. I was shocked to see how well it has worked and these photos also explain why botox in the jaw works so well. The muscles simply can’t work as hard as they used to, therefore you can’t clench your teeth together as much and therefore there is less pain and problems.


How long does the effect last?

The time between my appointments this time was nine months. That’s a long time, because there’s no promise as to how long the effect lasts. It’s usually around 3-6 months. The results tend to get better with second appointment, since the symptoms have not gotten as bad as before. At least in my experience that has happened, because on my first time, the result lasted for 4 months, but after that it’s been 6-9 months. I can’t say if I’ve seen some long term improvement, but it sure feels like that.

As always, I’m happy with my results. If you want to read more about my experience with taking botox for bruxism, I recommend reading my earlier posts (here and here). My dentist also answered some questions there!

If you would like to try botulin treatment, I got a discount for you. When taking the treatment for bruxism (399€), extra areas are 50€/per area (normally 100€). You can take it for example on your forehead, on your frown lines or back of the skull. For aesthetic botulin treatment only, you can get it for 99€ per area (normally 199€). You can only use the discount once.


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Have you tried botox for either bruxism or frown lines?

P.S. This makeup look can be found on my IG highlights – it was one of the #fullfacefriday tutorials!

How has botox improved the quality of my life?

While I’m writing this, my jaw hurts. It makes me anxious and my whole face feels stiff. It’s creating this tension in my head that is giving me a headache.

I’m trying to concentrate on work, but it’s only making it worse.

My jaw muscles are exhausted. Getting them loose and relaxed is all I want. It’s like they’re running a marathon, but don’t know how to stop. Today I woke up feeling the work I’ve done during the night. It’s honestly embarrassing, annoying and painful.

That’s why I take botox.  For this cursed condition called bruxism. Because when nothing else helps, it does.

It’s funny how some of you find your way to my blog by searching “botox for bruxism gone wrong”. Because I have not gotten any side effects from botox. Nothing bad to say. It has only worked for me, better than expected. I never knew I could get so much help from it.

How has botox improved the quality of my life?

With botox I can live a normal life. Pain-free. Botox makes my jaw muscles smaller and that way my teeth grinding decreases or stops altogether. It is amazing, really. The difference is like night and day. With botox I feel like a normal person. Without it I get these aches and muscle pains and they are a weekly thing, if not daily.

I think anyone who suffers from chronic pain can understand what I’m talking about. You learn to live with it, but not really.

With bruxism it’s even worse – I feel like I’ve failed at life, since I have this problem. Why am I grinding my teeth at night? Why do I clench my jaw when I’m stressed or focused? It’s like my body is not working the right way and it makes me disappointed in myself.

At the same time I realize it’s not really my fault.  It’s just something I do, unconsciously.

So I’m not ashamed of taking botox for it. If it’s the thing that helps me and improves the quality of my life so much, it’s worth it.

Here the ‘without botox’ picture is actually taken quite recently. I could both see and feel that the botox has worn off. My jaw is more bulky and puffy without it.

It’s also crazy how much botox affects my appearance. I recognize myself on each of these photos, but I do feel most comfortable, when my muscles are not overgrown and when my face is more petite. But if it was just for my appearance, I’m not so sure I would take it. The leaner face I get from it is just bonus.

Video of the botox treatment for bruxism

I filmed my latest visit, so if you want to see how it’s done, check out the video. The video is not perfect, as I filmed it myself, while trying to concentrate on the procedure. But you get the idea.

How long do the results last?

With me, the good effects last for about six months. I’m happy with that. My first ever time the effect only lasted for 4 months, but after that, once we got the right dose for me, it’s six months pain-free life.

Luckily yesterday I got botox done again, so I’m now just waiting for the pain to leave. This time the time between my last appointment got a bit long (longer than six months), so that’s why right now the situation has gone a bit bad again. I can feel the effects in a few days. After a week it’s already quite good and by the time a month has passed from the appointment, my face is leaner and pretty much the problem is gone.

The place I still go to, is Ebeling dentists. Botox for bruxism there costs 399€. I’ve managed to get you a discount, so by mentioning my blog’s name Charlotta Eve, you get -50€ from your first botox. As I’ve said before, I trust my dentist Sakari Ebeling and he has done this treatment for quite some time, so he knows what he is doing.

So far I know quite a lot of you has tried botox, with good results. I love hearing your experiences (because I really relate to them), so keep sending me messages if you do end up trying it!

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