Summary: A new study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery suggests that anecdotal evidence of plastic surgery relieving migraine symptoms might be on to something. In the study, conducted over ten years, the researchers found that a variation on a forehead lift had positive impacts for those suffering from migraines.
Suffering From Migraines
Migraines are pretty much the worst. If you know someone that suffers from these debilitating headaches—or if you suffer from them yourself—you know how true this is. Migraines can be just completely debilitating. What’s worse, no one really knows what causes them. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t identified what are called “triggers.” These triggers may not cause a migraine directly, but they are either an indication that a migraine is coming or may themselves lead to a migraine.
For a long time, there’s been anecdotal evidence that plastic surgery could do something to mitigate migraines, and a recent study published in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery lends some statistical credibility to those anecdotal observations.
Variation on Forehead Lift
In the study, 246 patients underwent a procedure developed from a forehead lift. Of those who underwent the procedure, the frequency of temporal migraine headaches was reduced by 68%, duration by 41%, and severity by 66% regardless of age, gender, or follow-up time. As the study was conducted over a ten year span, these are some pretty spectacular results which offer promise for those suffering from temporal migraine headaches. In fact, more than half of the patients who underwent the procedure gained complete relief from temporal migraine headaches.
It’s important to point out that many of these patients were screened first, to see if they would be a good candidate for the procedure, by using Botox treatments and gauging the effectiveness of those.
Benefits of Plastic Surgery
These findings are a good reminder of some of the unexpected benefits of facial plastic surgery, not unlike that performed at many clinics—for example, the Westport Facial Plastic Surgery facility, which services Westport plastic surgery patients. In fact, if you’ve got temporal migraine headaches, and nothing else has relieved your symptoms, it might be worth talking to your cosmetic surgeon, in conjunction with your regular doctor.
Certainly, this isn’t a cure for migraine headaches. But it seems to be shaping up as a treatment. Often, plastic surgery is a profession that gets pigeon-holed as vain and unnecessary. For those suffering from temporal migraine headaches, however, plastic surgery may be their only hope for reducing their pain.
If you suffer from migraines, talk to a plastic surgeon to see what options are right for you.