Endoscopic Brow Lift
What is an Endoscopic Brow Lift?
- An endoscopic brow lift, also called a forehead lift, surgically corrects drooping eyebrows and softens worried or angry expressions that result from frown lines.
- During the procedure, commonly performed on men and women between the ages of 35 and 70, the surgeon elevates the skin and underlying tissues of the upper face, and might remove part of the muscle that causes frown lines between the brows.
- The result is a more youthful, relaxed, and refreshed appearance.
Am I a Brow Lift Candidate?
- If you have sagging eyebrows that create a tired or sad appearance, deep horizontal creases across your forehead, or frown lines or furrows between your eyebrows, you might be a good endoscopic brow lift candidate.To get a glimpse of the potential results, you can try a simple test on your own. Place your fingertips at the outer edges of your eyebrows and gently raise the skin upwards.
- This will give you a good indication of what the procedure might do for your appearance. Of course, the best way to determine if an endoscopic brow lift is right for you is by a thorough consultation with your plastic surgeon.
- Indications for Endoscopic Brow lift Several small incisions are made behind the hairline.
- Brow ptosis (drooping)
- Pseudoptsis of the eyelids
- Vertical and transverse rhytids (wrinkling) of the forehead
How is an Endoscopic Brow Lift Performed?
- The endoscopic brow lift technique uses a small, pencil-like camera device connected to a television monitor. The endoscope is inserted into several small, one-half-inch to one-inch incisions placed just behind the hairline, providing the surgeon with a clear view of the muscles and tissues beneath the skin. The surgeon then inserts another instrument through one of the small incisions to lift the skin and remove or alter muscle, if necessary. During an endoscopic procedure, the eyebrows and forehead can be lifted and secured at the optimal height through the use of a new, sutureless mechanism called the ENDOTINE™ Forehead fixation device.
- A brow lift procedure can also be performed using a traditional “open” method, where an incision is made slightly behind or at the natural hairline, beginning above the ears and continuing toward the top of the head. The surgeon works through the incision to secure tissue and modify or remove excess skin and parts of the muscle that cause wrinkling and frown lines. The incision is closed with stitches.
- Because of the smaller incisions, endoscopic brow lift patients usually experience less of the itching sensation and temporary scalp numbness felt by patients who have had the open technique. In addition, endoscopic brow lift patients might feel ready to return to normal activities sooner.
- In some cases, a combination of endoscopic and open techniques might be used. In either case, the procedure typically takes between one-to-two hours, and is usually performed in the surgeon’s office-based facility or an outpatient surgery center under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
Goals of surgery
- Reduction of forehead wrinkles
- Elevation of eyebrows
- Reduction of excess skin which can cause hooding of the upper eyelids
- Excessive bone bleeding in some patients
- Bone tunnel collapse
- Internal screws/plate can be felt by the patient
- External screw
- Left protruding above the skin for several weeks
- Potential for infection and alopecia
- Requires second procedure to remove screws