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Botox Injections Can Help Treat Migraines

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 10, 2010

Chronic migraines and frequent migraine headaches affect millions of Americans every year, and some prescription medications to treat migraines have many unwanted side effects. Some experts believe that Botox injections can be effective for treating migraines, because they help to reduce the muscle’s ability to flex in certain areas, and can thereby curb the pain associated with the average migraine headache.

Migraines are typically caused by the dilation of blood vessels in the head, and these can trigger a number of other problems including sensitivity to light, nausea, dizziness and splitting pain in the head and neck area. Some people benefit from taking over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, and resting in a dark, quiet room until the pain passes. However, migraines are typically recurring and may be triggered by high stress levels, poor nutrition or fatigue.

Dr. Drew Ordon recently explained the reasons why Botox treatments may be effective for treating migraine pain on the The Doctors TV show. While there are no published, randomized, double-blind trails that show how Botox can treat migraines, there is a significant amount of data that suggests that Botox injected into the muscles of the brow, forehead and side of the head can reduce the frequency of migraines and may also help reduce the severity of side effects, including vomiting.

One of the most significant limitations of using Botox for migraines is that the treatment can be costly – approximately $350 per injection, and is most often not covered by insurance. The cost of the treatments vary depending on the individual, and some people may experience side effects such as droopy eyelids, or an infection at the injection site.

Still, many doctors and medical professionals believe that Botox injections can help to reduce the frequency of migraines and may prevent very severe migraine attacks altogether.

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Forehead Lift May Alleviate Migraines

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 13, 2009

j0178793Chronic 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.

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Innovative Plastic Surgery Technique May Treat Migraines

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 6, 2009

42-15650320Conventional treatments for persistent migraines and chronic headaches include medication, stress relief exercises and even dietary changes, but many of these options only provide short-term results. Migraine sufferers can experience a migraine attack at any time, and stress is often the trigger. However, one doctor may have found a solution for getting rid of persistent migraines with an innovative plastic surgery technique.

According to results of a study published in the August 2009 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, surgically removing the various sites around the brain that are responsible for triggering a migraine – the forehead, the top of the cheek and the back of the head – may help keep the severe headaches under control.

Injecting the trigger muscles with Botox has already become a popular trend for migraine sufferers, but the effects are only effective as long as the Botox remains in the body. Once the Botox disappears, the migraine sufferer must return to the doctor’s office for another set of treatments. The recent study involved a surgical operation where certain muscles were completely removed. This technique not only reduces the frequency of migraines, but also helps to lift certain facial features, and may even reduce chronic frown lines.

According to HealthDay News, patients who had their forehead muscles removed not only felt better, but also looked more cheerful.

The surgical procedure has already been performed with great success on approximately 400 individuals in the United States, and Dr. Bahman Guyuron, the lead author of the study and professor and chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland reports that the simple surgery could benefit all types of migraine sufferers. The procedure can be performed in approximately one to four hours, depending on the number of trigger sites that need to be removed, and patients can return to work within a week.

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