Endoscopic brow lift surgery to raise the eyebrows

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Brow Lift

What is Brow Lift Plastic Surgery?

Harmonious presence of the facial features makes a beautiful face. With age this harmony is disturbed by sagging and age lines. A brow lift surgery reverses the aging effects of eyebrow and forehead to restore the youthful looks. A forehead lift refers to a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that literally “raises your eyebrows.” It is a plastic surgery procedure that is often recommended for individuals that have wrinkles that give them an angry, sad or worried expression.

During this operation, the plastic surgeon pulls skin into the hairline to eliminate brow furrows. This pulling action naturally tightens the eye area and raises the eyebrows. This often results in a more youthful, animated appearance.

What Are the Types of Brow Lift Plastic Surgery?

There are basically two types of brow lifts: the classic brow lift surgery and the endoscopic brow lift surgery.
  • The classic brow lift plastic surgery is achieved through what is called a coronal incision. It much more surgically invasive and involves a full incision made across the top of the hairline from ear to ear.
  • The endoscopic brow lift plastic surgery involves the use of a cannula with a camera on the end that allows the plastic surgeon to only make small incisions and pull up the skin through targeted spots.
In both cases the scars from the incisions are concealed beneath the hairline.

The operation is also commonly performed in conjunction with a facelift or eyelid cosmetic surgery. Sometimes a brow lift is all that a patient needs to correct skin drooping over the eyelids, so if you have pouches hanging above your eyes try getting a brow lift first to correct the situation. Usually a brow lift is performed on individuals over the age of forty as people who are younger simply do not have enough loose skin at the top of their crown to justify pulling the features back.

Like all plastic surgery, a brow lift can come with complications. Complications that are specific to a brow lift by be an injury to the nerves in the eyebrows resulting in paralysis.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for an Endoscopic Brow Lift?

The ideal candidate for a brow lift is one that has high self-esteem, a positive attitude and no history of depression or mental illness. As with any type of major plastic surgery, you will not be considered to be a good candidate for a brow lift if you have a history of psychological instability or are suffering from a serious underlying disease or autoimmune disorder.

Your surgeon will help you decide which surgical approach will best achieve your cosmetic goals: the classic or the endoscopic brow lift. He might also suggest that you grow out your hair so there is a place to hide the incision scars. He might also advise you not to take aspirin or smoke for two weeks prior to the operation as that can cause excess bleeding.

Endoscopic Brow Lift Procedure

This is usually an outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia. A sedative or twilight anesthesia might also be administered if you are especially intolerant to pain. Most people are awake during this procedure and the local anesthesia only allows them to feel a mild tugging effect.

If you are getting an endoscopic brow lift the plastic surgeon will make up to five small incisions (less than an inch in length) from the ear. An endoscope is inserted through one of the incisions to help the surgeon to guide his scalpel to the appropriate areas to remove excess skin. These wounds are then closed with stitches or temporary screws.

If you are getting a classic brow lift your hair will be tied up and hair over the incision area will be trimmed. The incision will circle from one ear up along the brow and across the hairline to the other ear. The plastic surgeon then lifts the skin of the brow, trims it and then closes the wound with surgical clips or heavy-duty sutures.

If you are bald, then the plastic surgeon will probably use endoscopic surgery and find some other way to conceal or minimize the appearance of the incision. The surgeon may also recommend a mid-scalp incision so that the scar is hidden between the seams where skull plates meet. After either operation it is quite common for people to experience numbness along the hairline. You may also be more prone to migraines and headaches than usual. If you are prone to headaches you might ask the surgeon to administer general anesthesia as for some reason this prevents this side effect from occurring.

The area may also itch. Any swelling that appears over the eyes and cheeks usually disappears within a few days.

Most people who have a brow lift are back to work within ten days. However you may not be able to wash your hair for about two weeks. Scar usually disappear in one to three weeks which is also about the time that doctors say it is okay for women to wear foundation make up again.

Although a brow lift does not cure aging, it can definitely make you appear better rested and more alert. Most people who have had brow lifts simply look as if they have returned from a long, enjoyable holiday.