Migraine headaches are often described as among the most debilitating experiences. Sometimes symptoms are so severe that they mimic those of meningitis. Patients may experience nausea and vomiting, as well as a high sensitivity to light.
During your confidential Beverly Hills consultation, Dr. Lee will present you with options for headache relief, detailing the risks and benefits of surgery, as well as non-surgical solutions.
Millions of Americans are affected by migraines yearly. There are multiple causes to migraines and one of the reasons why migraines occur is that they are triggered by inflamed or irritated nerve endings. Traditionally, medication was the only treatment option for migraines.
However, today, migraine treatment ranges from BOTOX injections to surgery where the irritated nerve is decompressed. Dr. Lee was trained by the founder of migraine surgery and conducted some of sentinel research in migraine surgery. The goal of migraine surgery in Beverly Hills is to significantly improve or eliminate migraine headaches.
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Migraine surgery was first pioneered by Dr. Guyuron, who trained and mentored Dr. Lee. He found that patients undergoing forehead rejuvenation noted a side benefit of headache reduction. Over the last decade, multiple migraine triggers have been identified by Dr. Lee and Dr. Guyuron through their research. The four most common trigger sites are as follows.
Surgery at this site removes the tiny frowning muscles that irritate the adjacent nerve braches. Not only are headaches reduced, but this surgery also has the added cosmetic benefit of smoothing the brow and eradicating unwanted wrinkles and fine lines.
When surgery at this site is performed, a tiny nerve is deactivated, bringing relief to the headache sufferer. It may also come with some numbness in the temples.
Septum and turbinates
Contact between the septum and the turbinates in the nose can trigger headaches, so surgery here involves reshaping the septum and shrinking the turbinates. The end result is not only a reduction in migraine headaches, but improved breathing through the airways.
Greater occipital nerve
This nerve is located in the back of the head. Surrounding muscles can put pressure on it, causing a migraine, so during surgery, a small portion of the muscle is removed and replaced with fat.
The specific surgical technique used will vary depending on your specific migraine trigger site. It can be done either under general or local anesthesia. BOTOX for migraines in Los Angeles is an outpatient procedure.
Some minor swelling, tenderness and bruising may persist for up to 10 days. Dr. Lee will furnish you with special ointments and creams to reduce the appearance of the incisions.