Studies have shown that cosmetic procedures may be able to reduce or eliminate frequent headaches such as migraines. Why is this and how does it work? In this post, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso of Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center explain how a cosmetic procedure has been found to have pain relieving effects. Read on to learn more.
Brow Lift and Headaches
Recent studies have reported that patients undergoing a cosmetic brow lift are experiencing a pleasant, unexpected side effect — a reduction in headaches. Evidence gathered over roughly 10 years shows that the frequency of headaches drops dramatically in the majority of patients, and in some cases headaches are eliminated following a cosmetic brow lift. There are various theories as to why this is true.
The first theory is that by treating the underlying causes of wrinkles, surgeons are simultaneously treating the causes of headaches. During a cosmetic brow lift, facial muscles, connective tissue, bones, and blood vessels are manipulated in order to improve one’s appearance. By altering this anatomy somewhat, a beneficial effect may also be observed in the nerve endings surrounding these structures. When pressure is taken off the nerves, irritation is lessened, with the end result being less pain and fewer headaches.
The second theory involves a muscle called the corrigator muscle. Residing in the forehead near the eyebrows, the corrigator muscle is responsible for wrinkling the forehead. Because of this, surgeons began to remove the muscle in order to improve the cosmetic appearance of patients with strong brow frown lines and deep wrinkles. Researchers have found that many patients that had this muscle removed reported a decline in headaches. The reason behind this is that by removing the muscle, the nerves in the brow were no longer being compressed and that this pressure relief resulted in less irritation.
Cosmetic brow lift has not been proven to cure headaches in all cases. Patients are advised to seek less invasive options before committing to surgery.
Contact Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center
If you suffer from frequent headaches and want to know more about how cosmetic brow lift may help, please contact our office at (960) 964-6600.