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Plastic Surgery Intrigues Media, but Carries Risks attention when it claimed plastic surgery could relieve migraine. But headache specialists are concerned about the invasive, risky procedure. BY LAURA PUTRE LEECHES, FUNGUS, EXORCISM. Headache specialists have seen it all when it comes to migraine treatments. The most invasive therapies, such as boring a hole into one’s head, have gone by the wayside, making way for more traditional therapies such as medications. But a recent invasive procedure is making waves among migraineurs and has headache specialists concerned. In 2009, Bahman Guyuron, MD, chair of the plastic surgery department at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, set out to determine whether plastic surgery could provide relief for migraineurs. The results of his study were published in the Aug. 2009 journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and received extensive media coverage from outlets such as The New York Times, ABC News and The Wall Street Journal. The idea that a cosmetic procedure could relieve pain intrigued readers and seemed easy enough. Still, headache specialists say any invasive surgery comes with risks; without more data, it would be safer for migraineurs to try traditional therapies first. THE STUDY THAT DREW THE NATION’S ATTENTION Would you try plastic surgery to relieve your migraines? Leave your thoughts on the National Headache Foundation’s Facebook page. 30 Dr. Guyuron’s study was not the first to explore the use of a cosmetic procedure for migraine relief. Researchers have been looking into onabotulinumtoxinA injections www.headaches.org | National Headache Foundation 31