Summary: Migraines can horrible. There’s no other way to describe them. The pain can be intense—excruciating, even. And there’s no easy way to treat migraines. They don’t’ seem to respond to a wide variety of traditional treatments. However, there may be some less traditional treatments that do the trick. For example, one plastic surgeon reports that forehead lifts seem to mitigate migraines. And that’s not the only time that plastic surgeons have used plastic surgery for medical purposes. It’s happening more and more often.
Plastic Surgery Health Benefits
Plastic surgery is designed to make you look better, but it might help you feel better on the way. Indeed, there are many plastic surgery procedures that are designed simply for aesthetics: breast augmentation, liposuction, and so on. And yet, there are nearly always some benefits that come from those procedures: liposuction can help you eliminate weight and lead to a healthier lifestyle. Breast augmentation can improve quality of life and self-esteem. These tend to be, however, tangential affects and not necessarily causal effects. That is, the surgery does not cause a direct health benefit—there’s usually some kind of intermediary.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, that can mean that the benefits tend to be longer-lasting, as they’re coming from what you could call a deeper, more profound source. That said, there are some plastic surgery procedures that have a more direct positive impact. The one that comes to mind right off the bat is a forehead lift. This procedure was designed for a pretty simple purpose: to eliminate wrinkles in the forehead. It’s one of those places that tends to develop many wrinkles—many of them stress related. Therefore, it’s a pretty popular procedure just due to the cosmetic nature of it. People tend to look more youthful and energetic after a forehead lift.
Forehead Lift to Mitigate Migraines
But there’s another benefit—discovered mostly by accident. According to Bahman Guyuron, a Cleveland plastic surgeon who published research on the topic. Guyuron noticed that many of his patients mentioned that, after their surgeries had been completed, their migraine headaches seemed to go away. After so many patients relayed the same anecdotal message, Guyuron researched the trend more methodically and found a connection. He now teaches other plastic surgeons to perform the forehead lift in such a therapeutic way.
For anyone who has not had a migraine headache, it might be difficult to imagine the kind of relief this might bring. Migraines can be debilitating—so painful that the patient can do little but lay in bed with a cold washcloth over his or her eyes. Most traditional treatments for headaches, including aspirin or Tylenol or other over-the-counter pain relievers, generally don’t work for migraines. This means that any treatment that offers relief will be incredibly welcome, helping patients reclaim their lives—allowing them to pursue normal activities that might otherwise be off-limits or difficult to complete.
A Youthful Bonus
And, those patients will also look a bit younger. Researchers are still looking into why precisely this forehead lift technique works so well at mitigating migraines, but it’s not the only treatment to do so. Some researchers have also found that Botox injections—also used in a more traditional setting to give patients more youthful looking skin—also tends to relieve migraine pain. That both of these procedures work does not necessarily mean they’re treating migraines the same way, or even targeting the same mechanism, but it does illustrate how sometimes solutions to such problems can exist in some rather unexpected places. That’s only one example of such direct positive secondary effects.
That said, you’ll definitely want to talk to your plastic surgeon before proceeding on any of these procedures. The most common reason for getting plastic surgery, whether it’s a facelift in Minneapolis or Botox in Utah, is cosmetic. And that should remain the case for quite some time. Plastic surgery may offer some innovative ways to treat patients who are having difficulty finding relief and treatment, but in most cases, more traditional treatment options should be attempted first. This is for the safety of the patient and usually leads to more effective treatments.
Look Good, Feel Good
Granted, if you have cosmetic needs, you might find that getting plastic surgery will have all kinds of positive secondary effects. You’ll probably feel happier—happier with how you look and feel. And that happiness (and stress reduction) can lead to very real physical manifestations. You might have more energy, and that energy could get you to the gym more often. You might smile more often, and that smiling could help you reduce stress. It might sound like a stretch, at first, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find many medical professionals who might talk about how your mood positively impacts your health.
But if you’re trying to kill two birds with one stone—or you’ve tried everything else, it might be worth talking to a plastic surgeon. There’s nothing wrong with looking great and feeling great. Sometimes you can’t get enough of a good thing. Talk to your plastic surgeon today!