Endoscopic Brow Lift (Forehead Lift)
Endoscopic refers to any surgery in which your incisions are dramatically reduced by using a slender tube with a miniature camera on the end : the endoscope. This lets Dr. Bell view and work in the areas beneath your skin, using only the smallest incisions.
The endoscopic brow-lift, as performed by Dr. Bell at his Toronto cosmetic surgery clinic, restores a younger position to the brow, creating a more pleasing arched look.
The operation removes excess skin, and tightens or partially removes the select facial muscles that cause the droopiness in brow position. At the same time, the endoscopic brow-lift smooths the forehead, softens or removes wrinkles between the eyes, and can slightly lessen excess skin in the patient’s upper lids.
The Endoscopic Browlift Procedure
In the endoscopic technique, several tiny incisions are made in carefully calculated positions on the scalp. Dr. Bell inserts an endoscope into each incision and views images on a video monitor. Dr. Bell then uses specially designed instruments to modify the underlying forehead muscles and structures through the each small incision site.
He repositions and alters tissues and muscles, and your new brow profile is then secured through permanent or dissolving stitches. The skin incisions are then closed. Although less scarring is usually associated with an endoscopic browlift, the lesser quantity of skin removed means that this technique will be more effective on patients who don’t yet have deep forehead wrinkles and saggy skin.
The typical convalescence following brow lift surgery at Dr. Bell’s Toronto clinic is approximately 2-3 weeks. A compression bandage is often used in the early post-operative period. Most patients need only over-the-counter pain relief or are comfortable without pain medication within days of the procedure.
Bruising and swelling on the forehead and around the eyes is expected after these procedures and swelling will peak by about 3-4 days after the procedure. Dr. Bell will reassure you that this is a normal part of your recovery and disappears within 2-3 weeks of the procedure.