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Post by Tee on Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:04 am

Could an eye-lift cure chronic headaches? How migraine sufferers are turning to plastic surgery for relief
PUBLISHED: 16:36, 9 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:01, 9 April 2012

Extreme migraine sufferers are now turning to cosmetic surgery to cure their debilitating pain.
Through routine surgeries, such as an eyelid lift, doctors are able to have 'easy access' to the critical sensory nerves around eyes that can cause migraine pain, with patients also benefiting cosmetically.
After several patients reported their migraines improved after a forehead lift, U.S. plastic and reconstructive doctors have come up with a successful procedure combing pain relief with aesthetic enhancement.

When other women also cited migraine relief following Botox injections, Dr Bahman Guyuronthis, chairman of the plastic surgery department at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, told the Boston Globe: 'We put two and two together and designed a surgical procedure to help these patients.'

This nerve decompression procedure, an operation that relieves pressure on the nerves behind the eyes believed to cause migraine pain, was first developed 12 years ago by Dr Guyuronthis.

However a big challenge was having neurologists, who were skeptical about the otherwise cosmetic approach, to refer patients.

Of the over 36million Americans afflicted with migraine, 27million are women, according to the Migraine Research Foundation, and eventually some patients were willing to try the experimental procedure because of the added cosmetic benefits.

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