In the 90s, plastic surgery joined the rest of the surgical field by incorporating the use of endoscopic equipment. That this means to the world of cosmetic surgery is more minimally invasive procedures with smaller incisions, less risk and an easier recovery. The endoscopic brow lift pioneered the way for its use in cosmetic surgeries.
A candidate for this procedure is someone who wants to correct drooping or low eyebrows either from aging or genetics, to correct asymmetrical or misshaped eyebrows and to correct the appearance of wrinkles. If you have a high hairline, the surgeon must adjust his incision sites and they may be more visible. This is because when the forehead is lifted, the hair line is lifted as well. Anterior incisions can lift the forehead and lower the hairline at the same time.
Four to five tiny incisions are made around the hairline. The surgeon then uses a tiny camera and light so that he can watch his progress on a television monitor instead of having to open the scalp all the way to see what he is doing. The incisions are relatively invisible because they are so small and hidden in the hairline. Through the incisions, the surgeon can remove, adjust and smooth out the areas that are causing the sagging forehead.
Just like a traditional procedure, the endoscopic brow lift raises the brow but it is not effective for drooping eyes. Combining an eye lift with this surgery is often necessary and quite common in order to achieve the best results. Your surgeon will advise you if additional procedures are recommended.
One of the most common risks associated with surgery is infection afterwards. The endoscopic brow lift facilitates recovery and reduces this risk. The incisions are so small and there is minimal trauma to the skin and tissue. You should be able to resume your regular activities in just a few days.
If you are thinking of an endoscopic brow lift, you must first find a surgeon who uses this type of equipment. While it is a technique that is catching on, not all cosmetic surgeons are trained to use these tiny instruments and video equipment. Once you have found possible candidates, then verify that they are board certified in plastic surgery and licensed to practice. Ensure that they have certified training in the use of the equipment.
After you’ve done this, choose the person you feel most comfortable with and who answers all of your questions. You must go in with realistic expectations and be prepared that you may not be a good candidate for an endoscopic brow lift procedure. He may suggest alternatives to achieve the look you want. The best candidates for this technique are those with mild or moderate sagging. A traditional lift is better for more severe cases.