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The following study investigated how the removal of a forehead muscle mainly responsible for frowning affected patients who suffered from tension or chronic migraines arising from the forehead.
64 patients who chose to have their forehead muscles removed to improve their appearance, were given questionnaires. The questionnaires examined whether they experienced constant, recurring headaches and/ or tension headaches. Patients who responded yes in this first questionnaire were asked to fill out a second questionnaire. The second questionnaire investigated when the headaches began, the location, frequency, level of pain and duration.
Three groups of patients were created according to the types of headaches they experienced; tension, migraine, and a combination of both. 12 patients met all the requirements and took part in the study. These 12 patients had their forehead muscle removed and had a surgical procedure called blepharoplasty done. After the operation patients were given questionnaires to check how the surgery affected their headache experiences.
Patients were checked on a period of 6-19 months. All 12 patients experienced fewer headaches after the surgery and agreed that they would do the surgery again if needed. 11 of the 12 (92%) patients experienced lower levels of headache pain after removal of the forehead muscle. 58% said they stopped experiencing headaches completely after the surgery.
Removing the forehead muscle can provide treatment for headaches starting in the forehead region. This was the first report of this surgical technique also providing treatment for tension headaches.
View the original migraine treatment study at this link: Corrugator superciliaris muscle excision for tension and migraine headaches