Plastic Surgery May Offer Migraine Relief
Almost 30 million Americans suffer from migraines, severe headaches that can be extremely painful and debilitating.
However, Dr. Silvio Podda, a plastic surgeon who has performed brow-lift surgery on 40 migraine patients, believes that the procedure may offer relief.
"Out of those 40 patients, all of them who had done the procedure [the brow-lift], they never had any more episodes of migraine."
A patient undergoing the treatment would receive Botox injections for a few months to temporarily paralyze muscles and nerves in her forehead. Then, two small incisions are made on the top of the patient's head, used to remove nerves and the glabella muscle, the one responsible for gibing people their "frown" expression.
A study performed by members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found the brow-lift procedure completely eliminated migraines in 57 percent of patients. 83 percent of patients said they were suffering from half as many incidents of migraines as they were before.
Dr. Podda noted that there are some, but not many, risks associated with a brow-lift procedure -- a rare one results in damage to the frontal nerve of the face.