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Study Links Eyelid Lift Surgery to Migraine Relief

Friday, October 24, 2014 @ 04:10 PM
posted by Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones

Eyelid Lift SurgeonEyelid Lift surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that can be used to give the eyes a more youthful appearance. It can also be used to treat drooping eyelids in the case where excess skin hangs over the eyes, affecting vision. A recent study conducted by the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports that this surgery may also help migraine sufferers find relief from their symptoms.

This small study included 35 participants, all who suffered from chronic nerve compression migraine headaches. These participants had already shown a positive response to Botox or nerve block treatments, confirming their diagnosis of chronic nerve compression migraine headaches. After surgical Blepharoplasty treatment, migraine headaches were totally eliminated in 51.3% of the participants. Nearly a third of participants had between 50 and 80% of their symptoms resolved.

Clearly, more research is needed on this important topic as this was just a very small study. However, this is positive news for the 17% of women in the United States and 5% of men in the United States who currently suffer from migraine headaches. If you are considering eyelid lift surgery for cosmetic reasons or to improve your vision and suffer from chronic nerve compression migraine headaches, you may get a bonus from your Blepharoplasty surgery. However, at this time, there is not sufficient research to warrant seeking this type of surgery solely for the purpose of relieving migraines.

If you would like further information regarding Blepharoplasty, talk to a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in your local area. After a thorough evaluation, your surgeon can determine if this cosmetic and restorative surgical procedure is right for you.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones, Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.

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