Eyelid Surgery May Ease Migraines

For those of you searching for a new look, please continue reading. Cosmetic eyelid surgery may have more benefits than just making you look less tired. New research published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery shows that this procedure involving specific nerves might provide relief for migraine sufferers. A study was conducted on 30 women and five men who had cosmetic eyelid surgery, and the results of the study showed improvement in migraines after the procedure.

Cosmetic eyelid surgery involves making a series of incisions in the upper eyelid. This procedure can deactivate nerves known as “trigger” nerves which some doctors believe can cause migraine headaches. Along with deactivating the nerves, surgeons lift the eyelid in a procedure known as blepharoplasty. This procedure removes excess fat and skin from the upper eye to allow the eye to open fully.

Dr.Oren Tessler from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine affirms that cosmetic eyelid surgery does bring migraine relief when performed on the appropriate patients. Dr. Tessler stated, “Ninety percent of our patients had over 50 percent improvement in their migraines. After a year’s time, 51 percent had no migraines.”

That is no small statistic. However, some neurologists and other doctors differ in opinion as to whether trigger-site deactivation actually is responsible for reducing the incidences of migraine headaches. Dr. Vincent Martin, co-director of the headache and facial pain program at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine questions the validity of the study. All valid testing should involve a control group, says Dr. Martin, but there was no control group in this study because all 35 individuals had the surgery. Martin suggested that the surgery could have produced a placebo effect because most people think they are better because they had surgery (Source: US News and World Report).

Both doctors do agree on one thing: it is too early to make definitive conclusions. Dr. Tessler agrees that more research needs to be done because the study was small. Dr. Martin believes that cosmetic surgery used to ease migraines is “theoretically plausible, but not proven.” If nothing else, cosmetic eyelid surgery does bring the promise of making one look more youthful, which is a welcome extra benefit!