A surgery developed by plastic surgeons and based on a popular cosmetic procedure doesn’t necessarily make patients look younger, but it very well could make them feel better.
Migraine surgery, developed after a plastic surgeon realized the brow lift was relieving — even eliminating — migraines in some patients, is a natural for plastic and other surgeons who perform cosmetic brow lifts, according to Jeffrey E. Janis, M.D.
“We have evidence-based options to help patients with chronic migraine who have failed traditional treatment, who may be eligible for nerve decompression surgery of nerves of the head and neck,” he says. “Plastic surgeons with proper training can add this to their surgical armamentarium. For as common as migraines are, these patients are already in their practices. Surgeons just haven’t thought to ask their patients about migraines, and it doesn’t occur to patients to ask their plastic surgeons about migraine treatment options.”
Dr. Janis, professor of plastic surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, and surgery at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, in Columbus, Ohio, and president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, says the numbers of people suffering from migraines are staggering.
“When you look at the number of people who have migraine headaches in this country, it’s 18% of all women and six% of all men, and that represents 35 million Americans or more that have migraine headaches. It’s actually more common than asthma and diabetes combined,” Dr. Janis says. “If you take a look at the lifetime incidence, in other words, the number of women who have had at least one migraine in their lifetime, that’s about 42%.”