A drooping brow and furrowed forehead lines are some undesirable, yet common, signs of aging. Those looking to get a fresher appearance by repositioning sagging eyebrows and removing forehead wrinkles may choose to undergo an endoscopic forehead lift or brow lift, a plastic surgery procedure that corrects expression lines and signs of aging in ways that otherwise cannot be controlled.
Endoscopic brow lifts are performed by making a series of small "keyhole" incisions behind the hairline. Then, the doctor inserts a specialized surgical telescope called an endoscope in order to see the forehead anatomy up close. The doctor incises small muscles in the forehead that cause furrows and re-drapes the tissue to fully remove wrinkles and drooping brows for an overall more youthful look.
The recovery period for an endoscopic brow lift is relatively quick. Your stitches will be removed in about two weeks, and the incision points typically heal very well. Serious problems from endoscopic brow lifts are rare, with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reporting that less than one percent of patients experience complications. There are some common side effects after the procedure, such as forehead discomfort (which can be treated with medication), swelling (managed with head elevation) and numbness. However, these effects generally do not last more than a week, so you can be back on your feet in no time.
Q & A with Dr. Sinha
What are the benefits to getting an endoscopic brow lift?
Endoscopic surgery produces successful results without creating full-sized incisions, which helps minimize scarring and preserve the hairline.
How do you help a patient decide whether or not to have the procedure?
Like all cosmetic surgeries, the decision to proceed with a brow lift takes careful consideration. I offer a thorough consultation to provide patients with individualized procedure recommendations. I will take into account your personal medical history, use computer images to pinpoint your desired outlook and discuss financial assistance.
Under what conditions is the surgery performed?
A patient can choose to undergo a brow lift/forehead lift under local or general anesthesia. Either way, I perform the surgery in an accredited and licensed ambulatory surgery center next to my Atlanta office.
Dr. Sinha is a Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon specializing in cosmetic and functional surgery of the head and neck. He has successfully treated thousands of patients and is highly regarded and well respected by his peers in the medical community.