American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals

Migraine Surgery

Chronic Headache Relief

The goal of migraine surgery is to reduce or eliminate headache frequency, duration and pain by surgically releasing pressure points around the head.

What should I expect during my migraine surgery recovery?

Following your migraine surgery, you will have minimal dressings if any. Controlling swelling and incision care is important. Sometimes the nerves can be irritated post-operatively requiring pain medication. In more rare cases nerve modulator medications may be utilized as well.

You will be given specific instructions that may include:

  • How to care for your surgical site(s) following surgery
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
  • When to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

Be sure to ask your surgeon specific questions about what can be expected during your recovery period.

  • Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
  • What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
  • Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery? When will they be removed?
  • Will there be drains? For how long?
  • When can I bathe or shower?
  • When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
  • When can I drive?
  • When can I return to work?
  • When do I return for follow-up care?

Healing will continue for several weeks, as swelling decreases and months, as the nerves heal. Continue to follow your plastic surgeon's instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.


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