A forehead lift, or brow lift, is designed to reposition sagging eyebrows that can cause a person to look tired, sad or angry. Endoscopic Brow lift, or forehead lift, is the most common endoscopic procedure used by cosmetic surgeons. With this method, instead of the usual ear-to-ear incision, two or more tiny incisions, or "puncture type" incisions are made just at the hairline. The eyebrows are then repositioned to a higher level, resulting in a more relaxed, refreshed and youthful appearance.
The best candidates for a forehead/Brow lift are:
- Sagging or low position of the eyebrows creating a tired or sad appearance
- Deep horizontal creases across the forehead
- Frown lines, or furrows between the eyebrows and top of the nose.
Endoscopy is a surgical procedure that uses a tool called an endoscope, a special viewing instrument that allows your doctor to view images of the patient’s internal structures with minimal incisions. Endoscopy has been used in a number of different procedures, including gallbladder removal, tubal ligation, and knee surgery. Now the procedure is being used for cosmetic plastic surgery applications, in place of techniques that may leave behind undesirable, or excessively visible scars.
As with any surgical procedure, there is always the possibility of side effects occurring. Some side effects of a brow lift include infection, fluid accumulation under the skin, which may need to be drained, blood vessel damage, nerve damage or loss of feeling, internal perforation injury, and skin injury. Despite the known risks, endoscopic surgery complications are rare and it must be noted that endoscopy has been used successfully for decades in orthopedic, urologic, and gynecologic procedures, and the technique is continually improving.