Endoscopic Brow Lift Before & After
Undergoing a Seattle endoscopic brow lift first requires preparation, research, and finding the best surgeon. For some patients, this process can last years. You may scroll through before and after galleries, read countless articles, and watch videos on other patients’ experiences. When you get to the consultation stage, this is what can truly separate the good surgeons from the best.
Brow Lift Consultation
At Seattle Plastic Surgery, we strive to provide personalized care at every stage of the process. During your consultation, you will meet with Dr. Santos or Dr. Jonov to discuss your concerns and goals for surgery. They will review your medical history and aspects of your lifestyle such as if you smoke. Finally, they will perform a brief physical exam.
Your Seattle plastic surgeon will then describe the ideal treatment for you, even if it is not a brow lift surgery. They will also discuss what they can provide and their recommendations. You can also determine logistics such as the type of anesthesia and incisions.
Endoscopic Brow Lift Procedure
Once properly anesthetized based on your surgical plan, Dr. Santos or Dr. Jonov will make three to four small incisions above the hairline. They are often vertical incisions because these perpendicular incisions are less likely to interrupt or interfere with hair growth. The hair is more likely to grow over them and your existing hair can cover them during recovery.
After making the incisions, your plastic surgeon will insert the endoscope and slowly release the skin and tissues necessary to tighten the forehead. Once done, they will pull the skin tight and ensure that the brows are in the optimal position. Finally, your surgeon removes the additional skin and stitches the incisions.
The entire procedure often takes an hour or less. An endoscopic brow lift is also ideal for combining with upper eyelid surgery. Patients often find they benefit from this particular combination.
Brow Lift Recovery
Endoscopic brow lift surgery involves a fairly minimal recovery. Patients can expect to return to work in between seven to ten days. However, some restrictions on exercise and heavy lifting will remain for several weeks. Swelling, bruising, and other side effects are generally less with the endoscopic technique than with traditional brow lift surgery.
Your plastic surgeon will provide recovery instructions which may include but is not limited to:
- Wear a provided head wrap
- Avoid alcohol and non-prescription anti-inflammatories for 24 hours
- Refrain from vigorous exercise or activities
- Do not shower until okayed by your surgeon
- Keep your head elevated when resting
- Take slow, careful walks every few hours as part of your recovery
- Do not touch the area unless instructed to do so