Nip Nerve-Related Migraines with Forehead Lifts

Women and men typically undergo the forehead lift to improve the signs of aging on the forehead. They may be interested in eliminating the worried, tired, anger look on their faces. They may be interested in reducing forehead lines, wrinkles and creases on the forehead and between the brows. Now, people may have another reason to undergo the forehead lift.

According to study results published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, people may find relief from migraine headaches following the forehead lift. Bahman Guyuron, MD, professor and chairman, department of plastic surgery, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, study author, found that trigeminal nerve branches around forehead muscles are a cause for migraine headaches.

During a forehead lift, the muscles that are contracted, which cause the wrinkles, are relieved by being removed or repositioned. In turn, pressure is taken off of the trigeminal nerve branches and migraine headaches cease. The forehead lift is appealing from several prospectives. Plastic surgeons may use intravenous sedation or general anesthesia to perform the procedure. An endoscope may be used during the procedure to allow for very small incisions behind the hairline. Alternatively, a coronal brow lift may be performed involving an incision behind the hairline from ear to ear. The procedure is not time consuming when compared to some other plastic surgery procedures. Recovery may require five to ten days, but results often last ten or more years.

In the recent study, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center researchers, comprised of a plastic surgeon and two neurologists, located common trigger points for migraines. Then, seventy five people underwent surgery to relieve trigeminal nerve branches. The surgery was very similar to a forehead lift. One year later, the study participants were interviewed. The results were promising, as follows:

  • 57% indicated that they had no migraine headaches following surgery.
  • 83% indicted that they experienced a 50% reduction in the migraine headaches following surgery.

Select plastic surgeons receive reconstructive surgery training which may leverage expertise for the forehead lift to improve migraine headaches. The forehead lift is a common procedure among people over 40 years of age. Today, people may have another reason to undergo the forehead lift.

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