The face is often the first part of the body to show significant signs of aging, regardless of how carefully a skincare regimen or healthy lifestyle is followed. Usually, this manifests as drooping features, unwanted wrinkles, and an overall sunken or tired appearance. These small changes can age a person’s appearance far beyond his or her years and even make someone appear overly tired and even unpleasant. On the face, the brow is usually the first area to betray someone’s age, as it begins to descend and add heaviness to the upper portion of the eyes.
To combat this, many people opt for a single, long-term solution like an endoscopic brow lift.
What is a Brow Lift?
This procedure utilizes small, surgical incisions to lift the brow and forehead area for a fresh, bright and youthful appearance. It is also sometimes called a forehead lift, and these terms can be used interchangeably.
A brow lift is intended to smooth out the entire brow and forehead area, eliminating horizontal wrinkles as well as the deep, vertical wrinkles some people develop between the eyes. The procedure will also reposition the eyebrows into their ideal, lifted position to give a refreshed, awake and young appearance to the face.
This type of cosmetic surgery can give long-lasting results that look beautiful and completely natural. Endoscopic brow lifts are less invasive than traditional ones, but they can give equally flattering results.
Endoscopic Browlift Before and After Patient: This patient had heavy upper eyelids, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles. An endoscopic brow lift was performed to open her eyes and smooth her brow and release her frowning muscles.
What Are the Risks and Benefits?
As with any surgical procedure, there are some possible risks to consider. Patients with chronically dry eyes or high hairlines should mention these things to Dr. Joseph Russell during the consultation because it may affect surgical outcomes.
Other possible risks include swelling, bruising, scarring, mild hair loss around incisions or infection. While all of these risks are rare, they should be considered by anyone considering this type of surgery.
The benefits often outweigh any potential risks, however. A majority of patients report a brighter, more youthful appearance. Most patients also report noticing a more pleasant resting facial expression, and they typically feel happier, more confident and more approachable following the procedure. Some even note that there is less tension along with forehead muscles.
What to Expect During an Endoscopic Brow Lift
On the day of the procedure, patients are typically given local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia to maximize comfort during the surgery. Dr. Russell will make several small hidden incisions along the scalp to ensure minimal noticeable scarring. These incisions will allow him to insert the endoscope so that he can clearly view the treatment area on a connected screen. Endoscopes are thin, tube-shaped devices with illuminated lenses that allow surgeons to see the area they will be operating on in a less invasive manner. This allows for smaller scars while still receiving the best possible results.
Once the endoscope has been inserted, Dr. Russell will gently lift the forehead skin back to a smooth, taut position. The brows will be repositioned to sit in a naturally more alert, awake position, and the muscle tissue that is causing problematic wrinkles will be removed.
After this, any excess skin and tissue will be carefully removed, and the incisions will be closed.
In general, patients can expect the procedure to take one to two hours, depending on the specific case. The doctor will be able to give a more accurate, personalized estimate when he provides a consultation.
Patients are usually expected to wear bandages for the first 48 hours following the procedure, but they can be removed after that. In most cases, Dr. Russell will schedule a follow-up appointment in one week to remove the stitches and verify that everything is healing properly.
Overall recovery time can vary from one patient to the next, but it is generally advised to get plenty of rest and stay away from strenuous or stressful activities as much as possible for two weeks.
Who is a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
Ideal candidates for this procedure will be in good overall physical health and have visibly sagging brows and eyelids or deep forehead wrinkles. Patients should also be in a stable frame of mind and have reasonable expectations for surgery outcomes.
A forehead lift can help with the following issues:
- Low or sagging brows
- Asymmetrical eyebrows
- Deep, vertical or horizontal forehead wrinkles
- Dynamic wrinkles
- Drooping eyelids
- Chronically angry or tired appearance
In addition, a brow lift can be performed alongside other services such as blepharoplasty or facelift for maximal facial rejuvenation.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you think that a browlift sounds right for you, call or contact Dr. Joseph Russell’s offices in Charleston, SC to schedule a consultation today. He and his team of friendly, knowledgeable professionals would love to start you on the right path to a happier, more confident you.