Conventional treatments for persistent migraines and chronic headaches include medication, stress relief exercises and even dietary changes, but many of these options only provide short-term results. Migraine sufferers can experience a migraine attack at any time, and stress is often the trigger. However, one doctor may have found a solution for getting rid of persistent migraines with an innovative plastic surgery technique.
According to results of a study published in the August 2009 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, surgically removing the various sites around the brain that are responsible for triggering a migraine – the forehead, the top of the cheek and the back of the head – may help keep the severe headaches under control.
Injecting the trigger muscles with Botox has already become a popular trend for migraine sufferers, but the effects are only effective as long as the Botox remains in the body. Once the Botox disappears, the migraine sufferer must return to the doctor’s office for another set of treatments. The recent study involved a surgical operation where certain muscles were completely removed. This technique not only reduces the frequency of migraines, but also helps to lift certain facial features, and may even reduce chronic frown lines.
According to HealthDay News, patients who had their forehead muscles removed not only felt better, but also looked more cheerful.
The surgical procedure has already been performed with great success on approximately 400 individuals in the United States, and Dr. Bahman Guyuron, the lead author of the study and professor and chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland reports that the simple surgery could benefit all types of migraine sufferers. The procedure can be performed in approximately one to four hours, depending on the number of trigger sites that need to be removed, and patients can return to work within a week.
(Source: HealthNews via ajc.com)