Surgery has come a long way in the last few decades, and it has never been safer to undergo cosmetic procedures. Outcomes and recovery times for most surgeries have improved dramatically, thanks in large part to gentler surgical methods for popular procedures. One such method, known as endoscopic plastic surgery, is used most commonly in browlift or forehead lift surgery to improve wrinkling and sagging in the forehead, resulting in a refreshed and more youthful appearance. Endoscopic surgery has many benefits for patients, and people who are looking for great results with little trauma to the area are usually very pleased with the results of an endoscopic brow lift.
What Is an Endoscopic Browlift?
Endoscopic brow lift surgery involves similar surgical techniques as in traditional brow lift surgery, except that an endoscope, or tiny camera, is used to allow the surgeon to see the internal structure of the forehead during the procedure. In this way, he or she can get good results for the patient without large scars and other side effects of traditionalbrow lift surgery. Endoscopic brow lifts can improve wrinkling, sagging, and a tired or angry expression caused by these signs of aging. Here are some reasons the endoscopic surgery technique is often a good choice for patients.
1. Less Bleeding and Discomfort
Because the endoscopic approach is gentler than traditional methods, it results in less bleeding, bruising, and swelling for patients. Of course, swelling will occur following any surgical procedure, but the endoscopic approach makes for a more comfortable experience overall.
2. Quicker Recovery Time
Because swelling and bruising is reduced using the endoscopic method, patients usually experience a somewhat shorter recovery period, though this varies from patient to patient. This gentle technique, combined with close adherence to the surgeon’s post-operative instructions, allows most patients to return to most normal activities within two weeks.
3. Minimal Scarring
Because the incisions are small and placed behind the hairline, there is very little risk for visible scarring. The scars that do form are only about 1-1.5 inches long and fade over time. The hair should be able to hide any scarring in most cases.
4. Reduced Risk of Hair Loss and Scalp Numbness
Two of the known complications related to brow lift surgery are hair loss and scalp numbness, both of which are less likely following endoscopic surgery. This is because nerve damage is less likely, and the incisions are smaller.
5. Less Invasive Anesthesia
Traditional "open" brow lift procedures must be performed under general anesthesia, but the gentler endoscopic technique generally allows for more flexibility, and can often be performed with local anesthetic and sedation, allowing for a safer experience.
6. Excellent Results
Although results from an endoscopic brow lift are usually not as dramatic as those from a traditional brow lift, the anti-aging effects of the procedure are typically very good, especially for people under the age of 50. An endoscopic brow lift is a great way for younger middle-aged people to start fighting the signs of aging.
When Endoscopic Techniques Are Not Appropriate
No procedure is perfect for every patient, and in some cases, the endoscopic brow lift is not the right choice. Only a plastic surgeon can advise on which procedure is best for each patient, but there are some general indications that a different method may be called for. For example, patients with significant sagging in the brow area might benefit from a traditional brow lift procedure, or even a different procedure altogether. For example, patients with significant facial aging in other areas might benefit from a combination of procedures, or even a full face lift.
Is Endoscopic Surgery Right for You?
Not sure how to handle your aging? If you think an endoscopic brow lift might be right for you, then it is time to seek help from a facial plastic surgeon who offers a range of anti-aging procedures to help you determine the treatment that is most appropriate for you. Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester(508-363-6500) and Stoneham(617-247-0033), MA, offers both endoscopic and traditional brow lift procedures, as well as other facial surgeries such as face lift surgery, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, and more. Call either location today to schedule your consultation.