Facial Pain and Headache Injections
Sometimes your facial pain or headaches can be caused by a facial nerve or migraine headache. This particular type of pain could potentially respond to certain types of injections, like a facial nerve block and radiofrequency ablation, a sphenopalatine block or a botox injection. Dr. Zhang will work with you to figure out the exact reason for your type of pain, and guide you to the correct therapy.
Facial Pain and Headache Injections Q&A
Q: What medications will be used?
Dr. Zhang will tailor the best and safest formulation and dose for every single patient individually to help ensure maximum results. This will typically depend on the exact location, injection approach, type of medication(s), dosage of medication(s).
For a facial injection, typically a local anesthetic will be used. A local anesthetic is a medication that is often used as a numbing agent by blocking pain signals. Occasionally a steroid can also be added if the cause of your pain is inflammation. Steroid is a medication that can be used to treat many painful conditions by decreasing inflammation.
For a migraine, you may receive a series of Botox injections to help with your headaches. Botox is a type of muscle relaxant that can provide significant pain relief for several months. The Botox treatment protocol typically consists of a series of very small injections that will act together to eliminate your migraine headaches.These injections may be repeated every 6 months depending on your response.
Q: What is a facial injection procedure like?
Our staff will help position you for your facial injection procedure. For your injection, we will likely position you laying down on your back. We will clean off your skin with some cold soap, which is very important to prevent infection. The doctor will then use a small needle to numb you to help prevent any significant pain and discomfort. After numbing, a small needle will be inserted and your personalized medication formulation will be injected. We will then monitor you and go over discharge instructions before letting you leave.
Q: What is a Botox injection procedure for migraine headaches like?
Our staff will help position you for your Botox injection procedure. For your injection, we will likely position you sitting up with a slight incline backwards. We will first clean off your skin with some cold soap, which is very important to prevent infection. The doctor will then use a small needle to inject a small amount of the medication in the appropriate injection sites. We will then monitor you and go over discharge instructions before letting you leave.