Common cosmetic surgical procedures for reducing droopy eyelids were shown to improve quality of life in people with frequent tension-type headaches, according to a recent study.
The results of the study, by Ilke Bahceci Simsek, MD, of Yeditepe University in Istanbul, were published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Headache Impact Test (HIT) scores obtained from two groups of patients undergoing blepharoplasty and eyelid ptosis repair indicated that both procedures provided significant relief from tension headache for up to 17 weeks post-surgery.
Ptosis repair is performed on the levitator muscle of the eyelid to tighten it and reposition the eyelid on the eye for unobstructed vision. Blepharoplasty, known cosmetically as an “eye lift,” removes excess skin and fat through an incision hidden in the natural eyelid crease. Both procedures have functional indications for impaired visual acuity, decreased peripheral vision, compensatory chin-up backwards head tilt, difficulty reading, eye strain, and fatigue.
108 patients who were scheduled to undergo bilateral blepharoplasty and 44 patients scheduled for eyelid ptosis repair surgery were included in the study. Tension-type headache was diagnosed in 35% of patients who underwent blepharoplasty (group 1) and 64% of patients who underwent eyelid ptosis repair (group 2). Both groups demonstrated significant improvement in HIT-6 scores post-surgically compared with preoperative levels.