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Migraine Treatment

Where are the incisions?

The surgery is done using minimally invasive techniques. For deactivation of the forehead

and temple trigger sites in combination, five or

six small incisions are made, each approximately one-half inch long. All of the incisions are placed within the hair-bearing skin so that they are not often visible after they heal, as long as the patients heal normally. For isolated forehead migraine headaches, which are extremely rare, the incision can be made in the upper eyelid crease, the incision that is commonly used for cosmetic eyelid surgery. This area heals very favorably on most patients.

What are the risks of the surgery?

Any surgery has potential risks and this operation

is no exception. However, complications are usually minimal and rare. Infection and bleeding may occur, but these are highly unlikely. Every patient will experiences some numbness in the surgery site and this is an expected part of the surgery and is not considered a complication. There is a chance that the numbness can be long-lasting or permanent.

What are the chances of success from the surgery?

Both Dr. Guyuron’s and Dr. Askeroglu’s studies have demonstrated a success rate of between 83 – 92 percent, depending on the type of condition and the nature of the surgery. Success is defined as at least a 50 percent reduction in migraine headache frequency, intensity or duration. However, more and more, we are achieving complete elimination because of his experience in plastic surgery and microsurgery.