Looking for Migraine Relief? Eyelid Surgery Could Help
A team of plastic and reconstructive surgeons recently found that eyelid surgery can help lessen migraines. Published in the online edition of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the researchers found that incisions through the upper eyelid resulted in release and deactivation of the nerves involved in migraines.
The 35 participants, all who suffered from chronic nerve compression migraine headaches, reported an overall positive response rate of nearly 91 percent. The painful headaches were completely eliminated in more than half of the patients. According to the study results, nearly one fifth of the participants experienced an 80 percent reduction in symptoms.
“This is fantastic news for those who deal with migraines,” says Utah plastic surgeon Dr. Kimball Crofts. “Eyelid surgery has long been viewed as a strictly cosmetic procedure. The fact that it’s been proven to bring migraine relief is very encouraging.”
In the U.S., more than 17 percent of women and five percent of men suffer migraines on a regular basis. Depending on the severity, migraines can be one of the most extreme pains a person can experience. Along with the actual head pain, migraines come with nausea, as well as sensitivity to light and sounds. Many people don’t realize that these headaches can even increase the risk of stroke.
At Aesthetica, Dr. Crofts makes it a point to improve not just the physical appearance of his patients, but also their overall well-being.
“Think of eyelid surgery as serving two purposes,” explains Dr. Crofts. “For one, you’re going to look younger and more attractive. Secondly, there’s a good chance that you won’t have to suffer from migraines like you did before the procedure.”
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