As you get older, you are likely to notice many changes occurring at the top of your face. The skin starts to sag, the horizontal lines that form across the forehead become deeper-set, and the eyebrows lose their elevated arch.
For years, plastic surgeons recommended traditional brow lift to patients who were looking to address these changes, but a newer approach is gaining in popularity: endoscopic brow lift. At Enhance® Medical Center, Dr. Charles S. Lee frequently suggests endoscopic brow lift to his patients looking to rejuvenate their foreheads. Here, he explains some of the core distinctions between the two types of brow lift.
A Difference in Approach
With regular brow lift, Dr. Lee makes a single incision along the hairline, stretching from ear to ear. He uses this incision to remove excess fat and skin to achieve a tighter and more youthful appearance.
When performing endoscopic brow lift, Dr. Lee makes a series of small incisions (usually about five) along the hairline. Instead of removing skin, endoscopic brow lift focuses on repositioning the skin for a similar lifted appearance. Dr. Lee uses metal posts to hold the skin in place — he will remove them at a subsequent appointment one to two weeks later.
The Advantages of Each Procedure
When considering the advantages of each procedure, endoscopic brow lift undoubtedly has more points in its favor. Smaller incisions mean a reduction in scarring and a shorter recovery period. It also means fewer potential complications. Should your hairline recede in the future, the scarring will be harder to spot, as well. Plus, Dr. Lee finds that using the endoscope’s camera makes it easier to strategically manipulate the brow skin and musculature to achieve attractive results.
Many surgeons agree that the quality of the results is similar between endoscopic and traditional brow lift. The main advantage of traditional brow lift is longer-lasting results. By surgically removing and tightening skin, it takes longer for the skin to sag again. Still, endoscopic brow lift patients can also enjoy their results for many years.
Learn More about Brow Lift from Dr. Lee
Dr. Lee is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is highly respected in his field. After earning his medical degree, he underwent an additional five years of training to understand the internal structures of the face as well as many more years of training for general plastic surgery. Few doctors are as qualified as him to help you achieve amazing brow results. To discuss brow lift options with Dr. Lee, please email or call his Beverly Hills office at (310) 271-5954.