Health Beauty & Fitness: Ask the Expert

I’ve heard “browlift-like” procedures can reduce migraines. What are these procedures and how do they differ from using Botox to treat migraines?

This is a question my patients are asking more frequently, primarily due to the recent publication of a medical journal article describing the benefits of minimally invasive browlift-like procedures on the reduction of migraine headaches. A study from Case Western Reserve University showed browlift- like procedures that cut muscles and nerves at headache trigger points relieved migraine headaches in 84 percent of patients. A browlift is a procedure where the aging forehead skin and drooping eyebrows are elevated to a more youthful position, making people look less tired and more alert. It is a procedure performed in the operating room under anesthesia and usually takes one to two hours. Like most surgical procedures, there is usually some bruising and swelling that resolves in about a week. The most recent migraine study focused on a more permanent, surgical option for patients who already had success treating their migraines with Botox, a non-surgical alternative that has been shown to significantly reduce migraine frequency and severity in most patients.

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About Douglas M. Sidle, MD, FACS

Dr. Sidle specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head, and neck. His services range from minimally invasive office procedures with little to no down time to major operations leading to dramatic improvements in appearance. Dr. Sidle is one of a select group of cosmetic surgeons who are “double boarded”. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
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