According to the Migraine Research Foundation, nearly 36 million Americans, or one out of every 10 people, suffer from migraines. If you’ve ever had a migraine, you understand how agonizing the pain and related symptoms (e.g., visual disturbances, nausea, sensitivity to sound and light) can be.
However, there is new hope for people dealing with this debilitating condition. A new study found that a plastic surgery procedure can help.
According to the results of a small study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, eyelid surgery — which is designed to rejuvenate an aging appearance by tightening the tissues around the eye — can help to release and deactivate the facial nerves involved in some migraines.
A team of plastic and reconstructive surgeons discovered that by making incisions in the upper eyelid, they could deactivate certain migraine trigger sites. This technique is an alternative to another surgery used to treat migraines that approaches the nerves through incisions made in the scalp.
A member of the research team, Dr. Oren Tessler from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, said, “We believe that these patients should have ready access to migraine trigger-site decompression surgery. Although larger studies are needed, we have shown that we can restore these patients to full and productive lives.”
Dr. Tessler and the rest of the team found that more than 90 percent of patients who underwent this surgery experienced significant relief from migraines. More than half of the patients were migraine-free and didn’t have to take medication again.
As a bonus, the patients were able to enjoy the cosmetic benefits of eyelid surgery.
The Cosmetic Effects of Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery is typically performed to correct the effects of aging and gravitational pull, including puffiness, dark circles around the eyes and droopy upper eyelids. Through an incision hidden in the natural folds of the lids, surplus skin is removed, loose skin is tightened and puffy bags and under-eye circles are reduced.
Eyelid surgery can also help improve the vision of patients with surplus skin that is obstructing their line of sight.
After healing from surgery, the eyes look more alert, rested and youthful. Any scarring is concealed in the natural lid contours.
Contact Dr. Sayah
For more information about cosmetic eyelid surgery, please contact Dr. David Sayah by calling (310) 905-8405 or sending an email.