A new study indicates that men and women who suffer from migraines may find lasting relief from the pain while, at the same time, rejuvenating their appearance with a procedure quite similar to a face lift.
There are many different theories about the cause of migraines; however, it is well-established that there are distinct trigger points in the forehead, cheek, and the back of the head that contribute. Dr. Bahman Guyuron, lead author of the study, found that a majority of patients who received BOTOX® injections into the trigger points and then had surgery to remove the trigger points experienced a reduction in their migraines. These surgeries also had the added benefit of reducing wrinkles and improving appearance.
It’s a bit too soon to tell whether this new surgical treatment for migraines will be effective for a wide range of patients. Before Seattle face lift patients rush into surgeons’ offices thinking they can both look better and relieve severe headaches with facial surgery, I think several additional studies with larger patient groups are needed. Of course the possibilities raised by Dr. Guyuron”s research are exciting and remind us that there is always room to explore and develop new methods; however, breaking new ground should never compromise safety or an honest discussion of what surgery can accomplish.