All in The (Fore)head

Town & Country – February 2001

We’re familiar with Botox, the muscle-paralyzing botulinum toxin injected to reduce wrinkles, but it may have a more righteous role in our health. When injected into the forehead and back of the neck, it seems to prevent migraine headaches for three months or more, according to William Binder, M.D., a Los Angeles plastic surgeon who studied the treatment in one hundred patients. It also offers some relief from chronic daily and tension-type headaches. Botox is approved for treating disorders of the eye muscles, but the manufacturer expects to get the FDA’s nod for migraines as well.