Restore a youthful, refreshed look to your upper face with less downtime
As we age, our skin loses elasticity, and underlying facial tissues begin to thin out. Meanwhile, gravity works just as well as ever. These conditions can lead to a drooping, furrowed brow—and leave you looking tired, overly concerned, or even angry even when you feel happy and energetic.
If this seems to describe you, than a brow lift may be a great option to help you correct the effects of a sagging brow and restore a smoother, more naturally refreshed appearance. At Hess Plastic Surgery in Fairfax, Virginia, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Hess offers a less invasive brow lift option that requires a shorter surgery, shorter recovery, and much shorter scars: the endoscopic brow lift.
What is an endoscope?
Endoscopy is a surgical technique that involves the use of an endoscope, a special viewing instrument that allows a surgeon to see images of the body’s internal structures through very small incisions. An endoscope consists of two basic parts: A tubular probe fitted with a tiny camera and bright light, which is inserted through a small incision; and a viewing screen, which magnifies the transmitted images of the body’s internal structures.
It’s important to understand that the endoscope functions as a viewing device only. To perform the surgery, a separate surgical instrument is inserted through a different point of entry and manipulated within the tissue. However, the incisions used are much smaller than with traditional brow lift surgery, and cause less disturbance to the surrounding tissue.
How does an endoscopic brow lift work?
With the aid of an endoscope, Dr. Hess can remove excess, sagging skin, lift underlying tissues that cause furrowing or drooping of the brow, and even raise the eyebrows to minimize frown lines.
Rather than than making one long incision as in a traditional brow lift, Dr. Hess will make several short incisions in the scalp, behind the hairlines. Each incision is less than one inch long.
During surgery, Dr. Hess inserts the tube of the endoscope through a tiny access incision. Using another instrument inserted through a different incision, he will carefully lift the forehead skin, and reposition the muscles and underlying tissues to produce a smoother appearance. The eyebrows may also be lifted and secured into their higher position by sutures beneath the skin’s surface or by temporary fixation screws placed behind the hairline.
How long is the recovery after an endoscopic brow lift?
You will be able to go home the same day as surgery, and you will have your incisions covered with a bandage.
Endoscopic brow lift patients may experience some numbness, incision discomfort and mild swelling for several weeks. Pain is usually minimal, but can be controlled with medication, if necessary. The stitches or staples used to close the incisions are usually removed within a week and the temporary fixation screws within two weeks.
Most of Dr. Hess’s Fairfax brow lift patients feel ready to go out in public about 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. If you normally have short hair, you may consider growing it out to better hide your incisions as they heal.
How long do endoscopic brow lift results last?
Because Dr. Hess takes great care to lift tissues back to a more youthful position and removes any excess skin a brow lift can turn back the clock on your appearance by several years. However, the natural aging process will continue—you will just have a new, more favorable starting point. Excellent skin care and a healthy lifestyle can help prolong your results.