Surgeons Investigate Headache Cure

Posted on August 4, 2009 | by

Plastic surgeons have been getting recognition this week for a recently published study that revealed a cure for migraine headaches.  Documentation of the study was included in the latest issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  The procedure is said to be very similar to the brow lift we perform right here in Boston.

In a clinical trial, surgeons operated on 49 patients to ‘deactivate’ their migraines at their respective ‘migraine trigger sites.’  26 patients in a “sham surgery group” received what was basically a placebo.

One year later, 57 percent of the patients in the actual surgery group reported complete elimination of migraine headaches, compared with only 4 percent in the sham surgery group. Furthermore, 83 percent of the actual surgery group observed at least a 50 percent reduction in migraines.

Author of the study, Bahman Guyuron MD calls the procedure a “meaningful addition to the field of reconstructive plastic surgery,” and we definitely agree.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. You can read the official press release at