Migraine Surgery

If you suffer from recurrent migraine headaches, you need to find lasting relief from the extreme pain and stress. These intense headaches can strike without warning and persist for days. While medication can be effective, it’s usually taken after symptoms have begun. Dr. Thomas McNemar, a California migraine headache specialist, is a physician who offers migraine surgery to treat these severe headaches.

For men and women living in Stockton, Modesto, and other California communities, migraine surgery can provide hope and lasting relief. Request your consultation online at Dr. McNemar’s San Ramon or Tracy offices to learn more.

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How Can Surgery Stop Migraines?

The treatment of migraine headaches through surgery was discovered by Cleveland, Ohio, plastic surgeon Dr. Bahman Guyuron. He found that many patients who underwent BOTOX® Cosmetic injections or brow lift surgery experienced significant relief from migraines. The headaches returned in the BOTOX patients after their treatments wore off, but not in the brow lift patients. Dr. Guyuron reasoned that both treatments disabled the muscles responsible for triggering migraine headaches; the improvements from BOTOX were temporary and those from surgery were long term.

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Am I a Candidate?

When patients visit him for migraine surgery at his cosmetic surgery center in California, Dr. McNemar first determines whether the treatment is likely to be effective. He identifies the migraine trigger sites by systematically testing the following 4 known areas:

  • Forehead
  • Temple
  • Back of the neck
  • Nasal passages

For most patients, 2 to 3 of these areas are trigger sites for their migraines.

All areas except the nasal passages can be tested using BOTOX injections; the nasal passages can be tested with nasal spray, as well as x-rays and physical examination. If BOTOX effectively reduces the frequency and intensity of a patient’s migraines or stops them altogether, there is a 90% chance the surgery will provide lasting relief.

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What to Expect

Dr. McNemar usually performs migraine surgery as an outpatient procedure while the patient is under sedation or general anesthesia. The actual surgery, which involves severing a portion of the muscle at each identified trigger site, depends on the location and number of trigger sites. When addressing forehead triggers, the surgery is similar to a cosmetic brow lift. For triggers in back of the neck, Dr. McNemar conceals the incision in the scalp. He targets nasal passages much like surgery for a deviated septum where the small incisions are concealed inside the nose.

Results & Recovery

After migraine surgery, patients commonly experience headaches for the first 2 weeks, which can be managed with pain medication. Depending on the location and number of trigger sites, most migraine surgery patients can return to their normal daily activities, including work, within 1 to 2 weeks.

Most patients notice improvements within 2 to 4 weeks after their migraine surgery. When forehead sites are treated the patient often attains the added benefits of a brow lift including improvement of forehead creases and eyebrow position.

Next Step

If you are interested in learning more about migraine surgery and finding out whether it could help you, request a consultation online with Dr. McNemar or call  (209) 834-0626 for our San Ramon office or (925) 967-2804  for our Tracy office to make your appointment.

A Reputation Built on Results

You deserve the highest caliber of service, care, and results, and at McNemar Cosmetic Surgery, we're committed to providing all that and more. But don't take our word for it—see for yourself what our actual patients have to say about their experiences with us.

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RateMDs
5.0/5
Feb 13, 2021
RateMDs McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Happy, Satisfied, will referre! Best decision, worth driving the 64 miles one-way. And he has humor!
RateMDs
5.0/5
Feb 10, 2021
RateMDs McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Very pleased with my surgery, and the outcome. The surgery itself went smooth and expected. Doctor very pleasant and nice. Staff nice as well.
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Jan 9, 2021
HealthGrades McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
First off my procedure is not done until 1/20/21! Up until now I want to say that the Dr. Mc Nemar made me feel so comfortable. He was patient and kind as well as informative to all my questions. This is not my first cosmetic procedure. I have done my homework with what I am about to have done. I want to say that both Jasmin and Nash the office staff have always had a concern with all that I have come to ask and request. For that I would like to say thank you! Even today I received a call from Jasmin providing me with information that she did not have to provide. She went over and beyond and I wanted to acknowledge this. We as patients pay a lot of money and are faced with anxiety and many questions. When the office will provide you with all you need to make you comfortable that speak volumes. I am excited and can’t wait to have my procedure done with Dr Mc Nemar. I will come back I am sure with yet another testimonial of excellence. I have people that are waiting to see my results
Google
5.0/5
Dec 22, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Love this place very caring people patient on answering your questions doctor very nice highly recommend this place 1st time going here everything turned out great
Google
5.0/5
Dec 10, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
I am here to review on the microdermabrasion facial service provided by Deborah. My skin was awful with break outs , aging and dull for few years. So I have finally made an initial visit with Deborah in nov.2020. she explained what she can help me with and what she will be doing throughout each step of the facial and was very happy to have an open discussion about other options to consider that would benefit a woman my age and my skin care concerns. It was a relaxing and pampering experience. My skin conditions has improved A LOT by just 3 visits and I had the procedure this afternoon. Skin looks plump and hydrated. I am feeling 10 yrs younger and feeling fantastic. The ladies working reception & check out were pleasant & friendly. My experience at this Tracy office was extremely satisfying and I would highly recommend Deborah for any skin/facial service you are considering. Thanks Deborah & staffs at Dr. McNemar! From Lily
Google
5.0/5
Dec 1, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Dr McNemar is A great plastic surgeon. Would recommend him to any family and friend. Love the results.
Google
5.0/5
Nov 19, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
I have gotten two facials with Deborah and cannot tell you how fantastic she is. No one has gotten my skin to glow like she has in just two visits.
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Nov 12, 2020
HealthGrades McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Absolutely love Dr. McNemar and his entire staff. They have gone above and beyond to take care of me. He is a perfectionist, kind and always listens to all your concerns. I would highly recommend him. He is the best!!!!
Google
5.0/5
Nov 11, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Dr. McNemar is great i had lipo & tummy tuck 2 weeks ago & he did a great job & his staff is awesome & very helpful
Google
5.0/5
Nov 10, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Me experience was completely flawless. From calling to schedule an appointment to my post op. Dr. McNemar has the best bedside manner, he made me feel totally comfortable. His office staff was always extremely nice and professional.
Google
5.0/5
Nov 4, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Dr. Thomas has been an amazing doctor for me I always make sure I am safe and comfortable never judges me on how I feel with my anxiety I want to thank him very much for all he has done I’ve gotten a tummy tuck extended brachioplasty and soon breast reduction with a breast lift thank you Dr. for always understanding I know I could be difficult sometimes with indecisive decisions that I make but this man will always be by your side and listen to your concerns and what you want extremely amazing doctor and stuff
Google
5.0/5
Oct 29, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
I had an amazing experience at McNemar Cosmetic surgery. His staff was very helpful and made me feel really comfortable. Dr. McNemar's beside manners is the best!! He made sure i was well informed about my post op care, he called to check on me the day after my surgery which was very generous. Flor, the Medical assistant helped me with questions about after care and was very sweet. Nash, was great at fitting me in with my appointments and worked around my work schedule. Deborah, the patient care coordinator was such a sweetheart she made me feel important. She worked and helped me meet my needs. Very satisfied with my results! I definitely recommend him!
Google
5.0/5
Oct 29, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
I could not be happier with the choice I have made to have Dr. McNemar and his Team take care of me throughout the entire process from consultation, surgery and now skin care. I am both blessed and grateful for the amazing experience 🙂 Dr. McNemar TRULY cares for his patients and goes above and beyond to make you feel safe and secure before during and after your treatment Thank you Dr. McNemar and your entire staff!!
Google
5.0/5
Oct 26, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Just got a bbl here! And the staff was super friendly and makes you feel beyond comfortable the whole time and I love my results so far I’m two weeks post surgery today ! Definitely recommend!
Google
5.0/5
Oct 25, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Dr McNemar is the best plastic surgeon! His work and bedside manner makes him number one in my in my opinion. More Dr should aspire to be more like him,, Athena
Google
5.0/5
Oct 17, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Great surgeon, excellent bedside manner, extremely professional, the staff are amazing. Highly recommend him.
Vitals
5.0/5
Oct 7, 2020
Vitals McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Dr. McNemar preformed an abdominoplasty because I wanted to get rid of my 'mommy bulge' after 2 c-sections. He is a good communicator, has excellent bedside manner and answered all of my questions which eased my anxiety. More importantly, the results are amazing and the recovery wasn't bad at all. The first 2-3 days are the hardest but I got better and better each day. I feel more confident and fit into my clothes so much better than before. Thank you Dr. McNemar!
RateMDs
4.5/5
Sep 23, 2020
RateMDs McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Best thing I have ever had done -life changing- Great experience, would recommend to anyone thinking of having a reduction.
Google
5.0/5
Aug 31, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
can someone tell me how much is the mommy makeover???????
Google
4.0/5
Aug 12, 2020
Google McNemar Cosmetic Surgery: Thomas, McNemar, MD, FACS
Had a breast reduction 7/31/20. Very happy with Dr McNemar and the results. What I’m not happy with is Flor who is very slow in submitting paperwork to EDD and my work to guarantee my job security. I’m still waiting on her as of today.
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