Eyebrow sagging is a common sign of aging. It causes the skin of upper eyelid to gather. A forehead lift can reposition the brows to provide a more youthful appearance. The surgery is aimed at rejuvenating the face by fixing sagging of brows and wrinkles on forehead. The procedure will help you look more awake, relaxed, youthful, and happy.
Two major types of forehead lift are followed by surgeons these days:
- Traditional coronal brow lift
- Endoscopic Forehead Lift
The Benefits of Forehead Lift
– The aging process does not stop. However, the patient satisfaction level remains high.
– Incisions used for the procedure are designed to be unobtrusive when healed.
– Forehead lift is usually performed on an outpatient basis.
– Most patients can able to resume their normal activities within 10 days.
Why Endoscopic Procedure is Better?
Smaller Incisions Lead to Minimal Scarring
A traditional brow lift involves a coronal incision. It travels over the top of the head and extends from ear to ear. The length of incision can leave a long, noticeable scar. This may result in an artificial part in the hair. On the other hand, an endoscopic brow lift involves 5 small incisions placed right behind the hairline. Since these incisions are small, the technique results in significantly less scarring. It also has minimal impact on hair growth.
A Magnified View of the Surgical Field
The surgeon uses an endoscope. It is a specialized instrument that conveys the operative field onto a very high definition screen. The monitor enlarges the surgical site in a way to allow surgeon to visualize it in greater detail as compared to the human eye. It aids in effective dissection of the corrugators (frowning musculature). The procedure also minimizes certain levels of risk associated with an open brow lift surgery.
Endoscopic method poses less risk of nerve damage and other serious complications. Use of an endoscope for a forehead lift or brow lift surgery will improve visual field of the surgeon. The entire operational region is magnified on a high-definition flat screen monitor. This helps a surgeon to exercise superior care and caution while conducting to minimize the risk of damage to the tissues, mainly the sensory nerves of the forehead running through the corrugator muscles in the glabella region. Since the incisions are smaller as compared to the traditional brow lift, the risk of trauma to tissues is lower.
The process involves better release and lift of the sagging forehead tissues. This helps giving better results than the traditional method. The surgeon will also reduce corrugator muscles between the eyebrows. It reduces frown lines and restores a youthful, amicable appearance.
An endoscopic forehead lift is known for offering a quicker recovery as compared to a traditional brow lift. Since the incisions are smaller in size, they heal faster and cause less discomfort. Patients can return to work in 2 weeks or even sooner.
Some Important Considerations
– In case, the surgeon notices significant amount of skin overhanging in the upper eyelids, or puffy bags under eyes, he may recommend an additional eyelid surgery.
– It is common for patients to experience temporary numbness and some itching on the scalp.
– Actual time recovery may vary and depends greatly on various factors such as patient’s age, medical history, etc.
– As with all surgeries, a forehead lift involves certain amount of risk. Some of the potential complications may include infection, reaction to anesthesia, and hematoma (accumulation of blood under the skin).
– Patients should avoid exposure to direct sunlight. Application of a sun block will help.