Dr. Hootan Daneshmand
Endoscopic Brow Lift in Bakersfield
One of the most obvious signs of aging is a saggy brow line. This occurs as a result of the tendons behind the eyelid becoming stretched over time. The brow line and forehead succumb to creasing as we age. These factors can give your face an angry or fatigued look.
Maybe your eyebrows are your biggest insecurity because they’re downturned or seemingly too low on your face. Low or downturned eyebrows can make someone look perpetually annoyed, worried, or even sad.
A brow lift elevates the brow line to a more aesthetically pleasing position, opening up the face so that you can look happier and younger!
Not only can an endoscopic brow lift improve your confidence, but it can improve how you emote confidence. If your brows are a major source of insecurity for you, Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute can help.
Call us today at 949-359-8397 to schedule an appointment.
Brow Lift Before and After Results
Should I get a Brow Lift, an Eyelid Lift, a Facelift, or a Neck Lift?
When it comes to cosmetic surgery, sometimes it’s difficult to decide which kind of lift would benefit you the most.
Although it’s best to discuss which procedure is right for you with your plastic surgeon, the following information may help you narrow down your options:
- Brow lifts are best for forehead and eyebrow elevation. This procedure can change your resting expression from one that looks annoyed or sad to one that looks rested and youthful.
- Eyelid lifts are best for patients looking for more youthful eyes along with less heavy eyelids. This procedure would likely improve the areas between the cheekbone and the brow bone the most.
- Face lifts will usually target the mid to lower face, making it look more youthful and happy even while resting. The vertical restore facelift specifically targets the mid to lower face, which can improve the areas between the chin and the jawline.
- Neck lifts won’t change your facial expression. However, neck lifts can drastically improve sagging jowls and provide a sharper jawline. Tightening up the neck skin can certainly make a patient look younger than they are.
The forehead lift or brow lift is a procedure that provides a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes. A brow lift corrects sagging brows and improves the wrinkles that can make a person appear angry, sad, or tired. A surgery that can deliver similar results is an eyelid surgery.
There are a few types of brow lifts to choose from, all ranging in invasiveness and results. The most common types of brow lifts are coronal, endoscopic, and temporal.
Classic or Coronal Brow Lift
A classic or coronal brow lift is differentiated by an incision that extends from one ear to the other ear by following the hairline across the forehead. A surgeon will then lift the face skin off the forehead to adjust and raise the underlying tissue and facial muscles. Additionally, a surgeon may remove excess tissue and fat under the forehead. Lastly, the surgeon will trim excess forehead skin and close the incision.
Types of Brow Lifts
Temporal Brow Lift
A temporal lift is also minimally invasive, similarly to an endoscopic lift. A surgeon will make slightly bigger incisions along the hairline and then lift the underlying brow tissue. Temporal lifts are commonly performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
Meanwhile, an endoscopic brow lift is far less invasive and uses an endoscope. The endoscope is a specially designed instrument with a camera that’s inserted through a very small incision. The endoscope shows what’s going on under the skin via a TV screen. The advantage of endoscopy is the non-invasive nature of the procedure. Additionally, the endoscopic approach avoids risks such as scarring, hair loss, wider scars, and cutting nerves.
We’ll focus mainly on the endoscopic brow lift.
Endoscopic Brow Lift Surgery
How Long Does an Endoscopic Brow Lift Last?
On average, the improvements from brow lifts can last five to seven years. Although you will continue to naturally age, the forehead area will always look more rejuvenated. Surgeons can perform brow lifts again if necessary.
Why is Endoscopic Brow Lift Surgery Performed?
There are multiple reasons why surgeons perform endoscopic brow lifts, all relating to a patient’s desire to improve their appearance.
These are the most common reasons why patients may request a brow lift:
- Forehead wrinkling
- Eyebrow drooping
- Eyebrow asymmetry
- A change in eyebrow shape
- Decrease function of the muscles that cause brow wrinkling
- A patient looking older than their actual age due to a constant worried or annoyed look
Why Should I Avoid Endoscopic Brow Lift Surgery?
While endoscopic brow lifts have numerous cosmetic benefits, the procedure isn’t for everyone.
You should avoid brow lift surgery if you have:
- Conditions that cause dry eyes
- Eyebrows that sit too high after upper eyelid surgery
- A tendency for keloids or thick scarring
- Mental illness that especially relates to outward appearance
- Unrealistic cosmetic expectations
- Overall poor physical health
Who Can Benefit From an Endoscopic Brow Lift?
A brow lift is most commonly performed in the mid-forty to mid-sixty age range. Many people first notice a tired appearance around their eyes as they approach their early forties. Others may notice the development of furrows or frown lines due to stress or muscular activity. This may give the appearance of sadness or even anger.
With the passage of time and the long-term effects of gravity, the eyebrows descend to a slightly lower position over the eyes. This “hooding” of the tissue around the eyes contributes to the tired appearance. In some men and women, the eyebrows are a different height. With a brow lift, one can achieve a more symmetrical brow level.
What to Expect from an Endoscopic Brow Lift
Undergoing any type of surgery, invasive or not, is nerve-racking. It’s important to know what goes on before, during, and after surgery to feel as relaxed as possible before your procedure.
Before the Eye Lift Procedure
The night before your brow lift, it’s important to wash your hair with antibacterial shampoo because doctors will be making incisions around the hairline. Additionally before your brow lift, doctors will run routine blood and radiological tests to make sure you’re as healthy as possible.
During the Procedure
Firstly, an Orange County plastic surgeon will sedate their patient with general anesthesia. Then the surgeon will make small incisions around the hairline to insert the endoscope and other instruments. The instruments will gently lift brow tissue and then anchor it to small screws to keep everything lifted for years to come. Lastly, the surgeon will trim excess tissue and close the incisions. Additionally, the surgeon may insert a surgical drain through a small incision.
After the Procedure
Brow lift patients are typically released the day of their surgery or within 24 hours of their surgery. Patients may remove the surgical drain after 24 hours, meanwhile they can remove incision dressings after 48 hours. Surgeons will likely instruct patients to avoid using hair products for at least a week following their brow lift. However, they can wash their hair with antibacterial shampoo starting 48 hours after surgery. An Orange County plastic surgeon will also prescribe pain killers, medicated ointments, and possibly antibiotics during the 10 to 14 day healing process. Patients should expect temporary bruising and swelling around the forehead and eyes. Additionally, patients may notice excessively high brows which will settle over the course of a few weeks or months.
Endoscopic Brow Lift Complications
As with any surgical procedure, there can be complications.
Although complications from an endoscopic brow lift are rare, they can happen. Here is what to look out for:
- Hematoma, which is a collection of blood
- Seroma, which is a collection of fluid
- Mispositioning of the brow or a complete change in shape
- Brow ptosis, which is a major descent of the brow from its normal position
- Forehead irregularities
- Numbness around surgical site
- Forehead muscle paralysis which can be temporary or permanent
- Eye injuries
What are the Chances of Nerve Damage from an Endoscopic Brow Lift?
When a qualified plastic surgeon performs a brow lift, complications are rare and usually minor. However, the risks of bleeding, infection, scarring, or an anesthetic reaction is possible following every surgery. In rare cases, surgeons may injure the nerve that controls the eyebrow movement on one or both sides. As a result, a patient may be unable to raise the eyebrow or wrinkle the forehead. If this occurs, it’s usually temporary but it’s still important to follow up with your surgeon to be sure.
Experienced Brow Lift Surgeon in Orange Co and Bakersfield, CA
At Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daneshmand wants to make you look and feel like your most beautiful self. Maybe that involves an endoscopic brow lift, or another procedure like a rhinoplasty, a BBL, or even a skin removal surgery. We do it all, and we want to help. Call 949-359-8397 for more information on our procedures or to schedule an appointment.