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2021 Jun 01

Plast Reconstr Surg



The Evolution of Migraine Surgery: Two Decades of Continual Research. My Current Thoughts.


Guyuron B
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 Jun 01; 147(6):1414-1419.
PMID: 34019513.


A mere serendipitous finding has culminated in a life-changing development for patients and a colossally fulfilling field for many surgeons. The surgical treatment of migraine headaches has been embraced by many plastic surgeons after numerous investigations ensuring that the risks are minimal and the rewards inestimable. Seldom has a plastic surgery procedure been the subject of such scrutiny. Through retrospective, prospective pilot, prospective randomized, prospective randomized with sham surgery, and 5-year follow-up studies, the safety, efficacy, and longevity of the given operation have been confirmed. Although the first decade of this journey was focused on investigating effectiveness and risk profile, the second decade was largely devoted to improving results, reducing invasiveness, and shortening recovery. Multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals over the past 20 years, several independent studies from reputable surgeons at recognized centers, and over 40 studies from the author's center have established the surgical treatment of headaches as a standard practice.