An endoscopic forehead lift, also known as a browlift, is a surgical procedure that targets such facial imperfections as drooping eyebrows, frown lines, furrowed forehead lines, forehead creases and hooding over the eyes. The endoscopic technique is less invasive than the traditional forehead lift, requiring smaller incisions and resulting in an easier and shorter recovery. During surgery, the skin around the eyes is gently lifted, restoring a more youthful and lively appearance to the forehead and brow area. A forehead lift can either be performed alone or in combination with other procedures such as an upper or midfacial lift.
Candidates for endoscopic forehead lifts are in good physical health and have realistic expectations for improving the appearance of the brow area. A private patient consultation with Dr. Buckingham is the best way to determine if an endoscopic forehead lift is right for you
The private consultation with Dr. Buckingham held before the surgery includes a full facial analysis performed to find out whether this procedure is ideal for you or if another procedure can best help you to achieve your desired result. This consultation will also allow you to ask any other questions that you may have.
The endoscopic forehead lift is often performed in an outpatient surgery center.
The endoscopic forehead lift is often performed with a combination of local anesthesia and sedation.
For the endoscopic forehead lift, anesthesia is applied and then a few small incisions are made upon the part of the scalp that bears hair, making them easily hidden from view. Special instrumentation is then placed into one of the incisions, providing Dr. Buckingham with a detailed view in order to carefully remove excess tissue and gently tighten the forehead skin.
The patient can expect the endoscopic forehead lift procedure to last approximately one to one and a half hours.
The small incisions necessary for the endoscopic forehead lift are made in the hair-bearing scalp.
Minor scarring does result from the endoscopic forehead lift, but it is hidden from view as the only incisions are made in the hairline and are very small.
The endoscopic forehead lift procedure may involve some mild discomfort, but medication can be prescribed to help relieve this.
An endoscopic forehead lift allows for a shorter recovery time than the traditional method. There is less swelling and bruising which usually fades in about one week. It is recommended that patients keep their heads elevated during the days following the surgery.
Most patients take about seven to ten days off from work after undergoing the endoscopic forehead lift.
Stitches or staples are typically taken out within a week after the endoscopic forehead lift is performed.