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An Unexpected Connection: A Brow Lift and Migraine Relief

Sep 12, 2018, 16:06 PM by Valerie Clark

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If you are considering having a brow lift and you suffer from migraines, you may be interested in a plastic surgery procedure that has been successful in relieving migraine symptoms and improving the appearance of your eyes and forehead area!

Surgical treatment of migraines involves some of the same techniques used for the most popular facial rejuvenation procedures, including a brow lift (or forehead lift), eyelid surgery, septum surgery (a common component of nose surgery), and even some facelift maneuvers. 

A Brow Lift

A traditional brow lift or forehead lift involves making incisions along the hair line or above the eyebrow. The surgeon tightens loose skin and removes weak muscle tissue or excess fat tissue around the eyebrows. This procedure is often combined with an eyelid lift. A brow lift can improve the following issues:

  • Deep lines and wrinkles between the brows
  • Deep lines along the forehead
  • An elongated forehead
  • A tired appearance by lifting the brow upwards

The Connection to Migraines

In 1999, Dr. Bahman Guyuron, an internationally renowned plastic surgeon, discovered an unexpected connection between a brow lift and migraine relief.  He investigated the connection and found that in his practice, 80% of those who had migraines and had a brow or forehead procedure reported a significant reduction or complete relief of migraine pain after the brow lift.

Dr. Guyuron hypothesized that removing the weak muscle tissue and excess fat reduced pressure and decompressed the nerve(s) that can trigger migraine symptoms. There are several nerves in the forehead, temples, behind the eyes and sinuses, and behind the head that can trigger a migraine, and through his nerve decompression surgery, Dr. Guyuron has improved or eliminated migraine symptoms for more than 90% of his patients.

Migraine Surgery

Once a confirmed diagnosis of migraines has been determined, Dr. Guyuron will begin to investigate where your specific migraine trigger nerve is located. There could be more than one trigger site.

Migraine surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure for most patients. Small incisions are made to remove muscle or fat tissue and possibly remove or adjust the nerve at the migraine trigger site.  Dr. Guyuron has simplified the surgery so that many patients who undergo this minor procedure can return to work the same day or the next day.

If you have migraines, and other treatments have failed, it might be time to discuss your options with Dr. Guyuron. He can explain the procedure in more detail, including the aesthetic benefits. Contact the office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Guyuron. The office is in Lyndhurst (near Beachwood, Ohio) and he can consult via Skype for out-of-town patients.

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