Aftercare Guide: Migraine & Tension Headache Injections

By Dr. Aaron Stanes

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    So, now that you’ve undergone injections for your tension headaches, you’ll want to ensure that your result settles well.

    Here at Cosmetic Connection, we believe that patient education is one of the most important parts of your treatment journey. While the procedure may be minor and non-surgical, it is vital that you know how to make the most of your treatment by carefully adhering to the aftercare instructions for your tension headache treatment.

    Following the tension headache injection aftercare is an effective way to achieve and maintain a great and long-lasting result.


    What should I avoid after tension headache injections?

    Until the day after your tension headache injections, you should avoid:

    • Applying makeup to the treated area
    • Lying down with pressure on your upper face (try to sleep on your back)

    For the first 24 hours after tension headache injections, you should avoid:

    • Intense exercise
    • Excessive alcohol
    • Smoking


    How to reduce swelling after tension headache injections

    Here are some great ways you can minimise any swelling from your tension headache injections:

    • Avoid hot environments until the swelling has resolved. This includes hot showers, saunas and sitting out in the sun.
    • You can take an antihistamine on the day of your treatment, as long as you are medically suitable.
    • Avoid touching, scratching or picking at the skin of the treated area.
    • Gently apply a wrapped ice pack intermittently (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off) for the first 4 hours after your injections.


    How to reduce bruising after tension headache injections

    If you are worried about bruising from your tension headache treatment, consider following these steps:

    • Avoid excessive alcohol for 24 hours
    • Avoid intense exercise for the first day
    • Gently apply a wrapped cold pack intermittently for the first few hours after your injections (be careful not to apply any pressure).

    If you have bruising after tension headache injections, you can cover it with makeup the day after your injections.


    What to expect in the first few months after tension headache injections

    After having injections for your tension headaches, you’ll notice an improvement in your symptoms after 2 weeks.

    In the first few days, there may be some mild swelling and tenderness. This will quickly resolve on its own.

    If it is your first treatment, or the effect from your previous treatment has completely worn off before you come back for another session, there is a small chance that you will need a second session for to achieve the most significant improvement in your symptoms.

    You can expect the improvement in your tension headaches to last 3-4 months on average.


    Are there any side effects with tension headache injections?

    All cosmetic medical procedures have potential side effects.

    When performed with skill, caution and care, tension headache injections are categorised as a low-risk procedure. You can reduce the risk of side effects by following proper tension headache injection aftercare.

    While it is unlikely, some tension headache injection side effects that you may experience include:

    • Skin redness that will gradually improve in the first few days.
    • Bruising which has about a 5-10% risk and can be covered with makeup.


    Why is tension headache injection aftercare important?

    No matter if it’s your first tension headache treatment or your tenth, following the tension headache injection aftercare is very important.

    Following these aftercare instructions for tension headache injections is the best way to help things heal quickly, reduce the chance of side effects and prolong your result.

    While these aftercare steps may seem minor and trivial, not following them may compromise your result.


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