An endoscopic browlift, also known as an endoscopic forehead lift, is a surgical procedure to lift, tighten and return structure to the forehead. As we age, the deep tissues and muscles in the forehead area begin to sag, causing the brows to fall and can even contribute to the hooding of the upper eyelids. This can result in a tired or even angry appearance. Lifting the brow/forehead area creates a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance, turning back the clock on aging.
You may be an ideal candidate for an endoscopic browlift if you have heavy or sagging brows. A browlift can be performed on just about any age, once the forehead area has begun to show signs of aging. As with all medical procedures, excellent candidates are those in good overall health and who have informed, realistic expectations.
An initial consultation with Dr. Minton is the first step to any procedure. There he will discuss your health history and closely examine your face to determine the precise changes to be made and techniques to achieve the most long-lasting and natural-looking results.
THE BROWLIFT PROCEDURE
A browlift is a very personalized process, and Dr. Minton will determine which technique will be used based on your goals; but there are three general steps:
- Anesthesia. Before the start of the surgery, local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia is administered to the patient to ensure there’s no pain or discomfort during the surgery. The type of anesthesia depends on the technique used and if any other procedures are going to be done at the same time.
- Incisions. Again, there are many factors that determine the browlift techniques Dr. Minton will use, including the degree of change desired by the patient and the nature of those changes. That said, with the minimally invasive endoscopic technique, a series of very small incisions are generally made in the hairline where they will be hidden after healing. Then Dr. Minton will use an endoscope (a small, long rod that functions as a camera) along with special instruments to lift the brow anchor it in place. This techniques avoids the need to make long incisions which can result in more scarring.
- Adjustments. Dr. Minton uses tiny sutures or dissolvable anchors to tighten and precisely lift the brow and forehead to the desired location.
- Sealing the incisions. The incisions will be sealed with stitches in order to help them heal and to keep out any germs, preventing infections.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE
After the browlift, a bandage is applied, but will be removed the next day. The stitches will be removed a week after the surgery.
Dr. Minton will provide careful instructions regarding how to care for the incisions, what medications need to be taken during recovery and follow-up appointments.
In particular, you may want to rest your head at an incline for the first couple of days to prevent swelling. You will also be asked to avoid any intense physical activities, exposure to the sun, excess touching of the face, medicines such as aspirin and ibuprofen and smoking.
As time progresses, you will see visible improvements which include a younger and more rested appearance.
How long does a browlift take?
A browlift procedure usually takes about 1 to 2 hours.
How much downtime can I expect after a browlift?
Your bandages will remain in place for one day, after which you can shower as normal. Stitches are usually removed a week after surgery. Bruising and swelling may last for 7-10 days. Most patients can return to work 7 to 10 days after surgery; however, more strenuous activities should be avoided for 3 to 4 weeks. It’s important to limit sun exposure for several months.
Will it hurt?
The patient doesn’t feel anything during a browlift. Post surgery, patients can experience swelling, bruising and discomfort that will steadily improve within 2 weeks. Dr. Minton can prescribe medication to address any discomfort.
Can I have other procedures at the same time as a browlift?
Yes, some patients elect to have additional procedures while undergoing a browlift, such as a blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), facelift, necklift, or fat transfer. Having multiple procedures at one time can limit the amount of downtime overall and provide more dramatic results, depending on the patient’s goals.
What’s the difference between a browlift and a mini facelift?
A browlift and mini facelift are similar procedures, though they target two different areas of the face. Whereas a browlift lifts, tightens and sculpts the forehead area, a mini facelift treats the lower third of the face. The browlift and mini facelift can be performed at the same time.
Will my scars be visible?
The goal for every browlift is to provide the patient with the most natural-looking and longest-lasting results. This includes making incisions in areas where they are not noticeable. Because browlift incision are made within the hairline, they’re virtually invisible.
Is a browlift a better option than fillers or injectables?
Some fillers and injectables like Juvederm Voluma or Botox can create a lifted appearance in the brow area, but the results are only temporary. A surgical browlift yields more dramatic results that can last 10 to 15 years. (Any lift isn’t considered “permanent” simply because as you age, the appearance of your skin will naturally change.)
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Our skilled, double-board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Minton is available to discuss a browlift in greater detail during a consultation at our Savannah Facial Plastic Surgery offices in Savannah, Pooler or Bluffton. Arrange your consultation by contacting us today.
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