Can a plastic surgery procedure help cure migraines?
September 2, 2011
Migraines are severe headaches that can cause throbbing, pulsing pain and often last for several days. According to Migraine.com, more than 30 million Americans suffer from these debilitating headaches, which can also be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensibility to light and sound.
While many people take pain-relieving medications to alleviate the symptoms of migraines, some are turning to a common plastic surgery procedure.
According to KABC News, many cosmetic plastic surgeons are offering what's being dubbed the "migraine makeover" to help sufferers get rid of the headaches for good, while enhancing their appearance at the same time.
The procedure starts with a plastic surgeon injecting Botox into the forehead to paralyze the muscles. Then, the doctor performs a brow lift in which both nerves and the glabellar muscle, which causes a frown expression, are surgically removed.
Long-time migraine sufferers say the results are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they actually help them say goodbye to the pain the headaches cause as well.
"When people say they were given a new lease on life, I was, and that was the best day of my life" former migraine sufferer Susan Neuberger told the news provider.
Science also backs up the effectiveness of the cosmetic procedure as a headache treatment.
In addition, the majority of those who didn't see their headaches completely disappear say that the frequency and severity of their migraines was reduced by about half.
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