Chronic headaches and migraines are often the result of nerve imbalances and stress, and when chiropractic treatments and over-the-counter medications aren’t helping to alleviate the problem, Botox injections may be an option. Botox has already been used to treat severe migraines and help people who suffer from frequent, debilitating headaches, but new research shows that forehead lift surgery may offer a permanent solution for getting rid of the pain.
According to the results of a study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, doctors have found a permanent solution for treating migraine symptoms, using a procedure that is similar to a forehead lift. This surgery involves removing certain parts of the upper facial area completely so that the nerves that are triggering the headaches can no longer function.
Results of the study show that of the 49 patients that had the surgery, almost 84% showed a significant improvement in migraine frequency, duration and intensity.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and is typically completed within two to three hours. Almost all patients could go home immediately after the procedure and return to their regular activities shortly afterward. The scars from the incisions heal quickly, and are hidden strategically around the hairline.
While the forehead lift procedure for migraine relief offers several benefits, it may not be for everybody. The patients that underwent the surgery for this study were selected based on their response rates to Botox injections, which according to some doctors, is not necessarily a ‘typical patient.’
Researchers will continue to review this procedure and methodology to determine if migraine sufferers truly can benefit from cosmetic surgery, or if they may be better candidates for frequent Botox treatments. Whatever the case may be, some migraine sufferers may soon be able to enjoy a permanent solution for getting rid of migraine pain.