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Can a brow lift help with migraines? it sounds weird, but i've read that sometimes a brow lift can reduce migraines. is that true? how does it work?

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Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
This : This is a good question that has recently seen a considerable amount of attention. The forehead lift itself is not directly responsible, but the separation muscles (e.g. Corrugator supercilii) that are thought to compress/irritate the local nerves are treated as part of the procedure. Considerable interest has helped to determine the roles of migraine trigger zones involving supratrochlear, supraorbital and zygomaticotemporal sensory nerves. These have been of considerable interest and the reason why Botox has also been found to be beneficial for certain headache types. Be healthy and be well, james m. Ridgway, md.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
IT : It is not the forehead lift itself that relieves the migraines as it is believed that release of the corrugator muscles as well as transection of some minor nerves (zygomatico-temporal) that may produce some of the relief that is observed with these procedures.

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