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What is an Endoscopic Forehead Lift?

As we grow older, lines and wrinkles begin to form naturally in the skin of the forehead due to constant muscle movement. These lines can make us look older than we feel, and they affect our resting facial expression to make us look angry, stressed, tired, or unapproachable. Thankfully, cosmetic surgery techniques can be used to help us regain the fresh-faced and smooth appearance that we want and desire.

Forehead Lift

Eyebrow and forehead lifting are the best ways to address loose or wrinkled forehead skin, droopy eyebrows, deep furrows above the nose from overactive muscles and sagging underlying tissue. The position of the eyebrow is one of the aspects of our appearance that can change significantly as we age, and it is important to the appearance of youth. There are many factors which can affect how significantly the position of an individual patient’s eyebrows will change over time, such as:

  • The natural position of the eyebrows
  • The effects of gravity and fat deflation
  • How active the eyebrow and forehead muscles are
  • Previous surgeries performed in the area of the eye, eyebrow, or forehead

The eyebrows are an important part of our facial expressions and can be used to communicate many messages. If you are tired of your natural resting face communicating anger or stress, an endoscopic forehead lift is a great way to change that visage into a calm and relaxed appearance!

A very popular procedure, endoscopic forehead lifts require 5 small incisions behind the hair line. Because these incisions are located between the hairs, the treatment will leave no visible scarring. This treatment is used to lift everything from the hairline down to the eyebrows. It will tighten and smooth the area and can be used to improve eyebrow shape, placement, and symmetry as well. Following the procedure, patients may experience some bruising and swelling, but most patients are able to return to their normal routine about 2 weeks following treatment.

The procedure involves the use of a surgical endoscope, a surgical system with thin arms which are inserted through the incisions. One arm is a lighted camera which provides the surgeon with a view of what they are doing. The other arms can perform cutting or grasping functions and are used to loosen the skin, elevate the brows, and stretch the tissues upwards towards the top of the head.

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Smaller incisions than any similar treatment
  • May result in a slightly elevated hairline
  • Less bleeding
  • Faster healing

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