Brow Lifts - Forehead Lifts
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The New Migraine Cure?
According to new research from the August 2009 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - brow lifts may actually do more than serve just a cosmetic purpose for patients. Brow lift surgery may also help cure migraine headaches.
Migraines are medical condition that can manifest quickly from tremendously painful headaches to visual disturbances. This can lead to nausea and vomiting when these headaches strike. In the United States, 30 million people suffer with migraines with 75 percent of them being women.
Dr. Bahman Guyuron, M.D. - a director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery came up with this procedure when he made the connection between the "frown muscle" or also known as corrugator supercilii - and the pain and pressure migraine sufferers experience. The pressure that is at the stem of the migraines is alleviated and sometimes even eliminated completely when nerves in the forehead are loosened or removed.
In the new study of 75 patients suffering migraine that started in the front, side or back of the head - those who underwent traditional brow lift surgery with the removal of the specific muscle tissue or nerves that triggered their migraines, were more likely to be cured of their headaches than those who underwent another type of procedure. In the traditional brow lift group, surgeons used fat or muscle to fill in the areas where tissue was removed. The "other procedure" merely exposed the nerve, leaving the muscle intact.
Researchers have reported that 57 percent of those who underwent brow lift surgery said their migraines went away. Those patients who were in the other procedure group, reported improvements as well. However, one year later 83 percent of the actual surgery group reported at least a 50 percent reduction in migraines - compared to 57 percent of the "other procedure group".
Overall, there was a 92 percent success rate.
Prior to surgery, BOTOX injections were used to determine if a person was an appropriate candidate for brow lift surgery. After the effect of BOTOX on the migraine wore off, the recipients were either given real surgery to deactivate their migraine triggers - or the "other procedure".
BOTOX injections work along the same pathways as the surgery. When injected into the muscles of the brow, eyes, forehead, side of the head and back of the head near the neck - BOTOX can reduce the frequency of both migraine and tension type headaches for up to six months.
BOTOX is not yet FDA approved for the treatment of headaches, however it is often used off-label for this purpose.
Side effects from the brow lift surgery group included one instance of persistent numbness of the forehead and 10 to 19 patients who had the procedure on the side of the head had a slight, but persistent, hollowing in their temples.
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