If you’ve ever suffered from a migraine, you know you’d do almost anything to get relief from the blinding pain. During the past decade, facial plastic surgeons and dermatologists have discovered that some of their aesthetic treatments have an unexpected, yet quite welcomed, side effect-patients get fewer of the severe headaches that plague about 10 percent of Americans.
It turns out that injections of the neurotoxin Botox, typically used to smooth forehead wrinkles, have been found to be effective in treating chronic migraines by debilitating various muscles around the head. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration approved the neurotoxin for this purpose in late 2010.
Another cosmetic procedure, the eyelift, has gained popularity in the past few years as well because it removes the flap of eyelid skin that droops over the eye, and relieves obstructed nerves if necessary. Patients in a 2009 study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery said they experienced half of the migraines they usually did after undergoing the nerve decompression surgery, and nearly 60 percent said the procedure had eliminated all of their pain.
Eyelifts can take a few hours and may be covered by insurance if deemed medically necessary. Without insurance, the cost can range from $5,000 to $10,000.
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