Professional plastic surgery in Shreveport and elsewhere might have just found a new medical platform to tread, tapping the field of cosmetic surgery as a means to alleviate migraines. There are about 36 million migraine-suffering Americans, as pointed out by Catherine Saint Louis of the New York Times. In her article, she describes of an important breakthrough research that points to a possible relation between facial surgery and migraine relief:
The double-blind study, published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, found that more than 80 percent of patients who underwent surgery in one of three “trigger sites” significantly recued their number of headaches compared with more than 55 percent of the group who had sham surgery. More than half of the patients with the real surgery reported a “complete elimination” of headaches compared with about 4 percent of the placebo group.
In order to make sense of the study, it’s essential to know that migraine is caused by so-called “trigger nerves” located in the face area which are responsible for controlling facial sensations. When these nerves get compressed, pain follows suit; sometimes the condition is attended by unbearable pain.
Migraine has long been treated with conventional medications. But with advancements in plastic and reconstructive surgery research, it has been determined that migraine apparently can now be treated using two cosmetic surgery procedures—eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), and forehead lifts. These two surgeries are believed to help alleviate migraine attacks.
Some of the earliest trials of performing blepharoplasty for migraine relief were performed by a team of surgeons from Louisiana State University’s School of Medicine. Also called eyelid lift, blepharoplasty is done by adding or removing fat from the eyelids. Performing the so-called “trigger nerve decompression” surgery on selected patients, the LSU surgeons reported an over 90 percent success rate on migraine relief as an effect of the surgery—a finding which they published in the journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Forehead lifts, one the other hand, are done either by removing a tiny nerve branch or a portion of frowning muscles in the forehead, which, in effect, seems to cause or lead to a deactivation of migraine trigger nerves. Former migraine sufferer, Michael Calderone, speaking to ABC News, affirmed how the forehead lift that he underwent, virtually eliminated his migraine troubles. The surgery had released the entrapped nerves behind his eyes, which, ultimately, had been the culprits of his debilitating migraine attacks.
Both the high success rates of the eyelid lift and patient testimonial for the forehead lift opened wide the clamor for deeper studies into facial surgery to confirm its role in migraine relief. Migraine sufferers who feel that their medication hasn’t been effective can now look to skilled Shreveport plastic surgeons, such as those from the reputable Knight and Sanders Plastic Surgery, to put a stop, once and for all, to their troublesome fits of headache pain.
(Source: Plastic Surgery May Also Ease Migraines, The New York Times, September 2, 2009)