Plastic surgery procedures may help cure migraines

March 7, 2012

Plastic surgery procedures may help cure migraines
Plastic surgery procedures may help cure migraines

Patients looking for a smoother forehead may also have migraine relief as a side benefit. cites a study last year published in the journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which found that brow lift surgery has the potential to cure migraines.

Researchers evaluated 75 study participants and selected candidates to receive brow lift surgeries to remove migraine-related muscle or nerve tissue. In all, 92 percent of those who underwent the procedure say that it "cured" them of their migraines. These findings could change the lives of 35 million Americans who suffer from migraine headaches. Symptoms include debilitating headaches as well as nausea, vomiting and extreme sensibility to light and sound.

The study also recommends a nonsurgical approach to treating migraines. “Botulinum toxin injection is a relatively new treatment approach with demonstrated efficacy and supports a peripheral mechanism,” states the study.

In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Botox to treat migraine headaches. According to WebMD, the FDA suggests Botox, when used to treat chronic migraines, be given at intervals of about 12 weeks as multiple injections around the head and neck to try to dull future headache symptoms.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), 26,514 individuals underwent brow lift (also known as forehead lift) surgery in 2010. The procedure works to minimize the creases that develop across the forehead, or those that occur high on the bridge of the nose. It is also used to reposition low or sagging eyebrows and raise the eyebrows to a more alert and youthful position. Individuals who are good candidates for the surgery are physically healthy, don't smoke and have realistic goals in mind for their results.

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