How Long After Facial Artery Ligation Will The Pulsations Stop?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hello, I saw a case on your site the Ligation for Prominent Pulsations. The Dr stated that you wouldn’t see the full results until months later. I was wondering if the surgery helped this patient? 

Thank you

A: In the treatment of prominent pulsations of facial arteries (most commonlhy the temporal artery) by facial artery ligation the elimination of the pulsations must occur immediately at the conclusion of the procedure. The definitive test of a permanent result is months later to be certain some of the pulsations has not recurred from an unseen feeding vessel into the artery. You likely misintepreted judging the long term outcome for the immediate one.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana