Endoscopic Brow Lifts: The secret to restoring a youthful face
People age differently, but everyone experiences sagging skin at some point. As our skin laxity changes, we start to notice its effect on the appearance of our face. Wrinkles, jowls, hooded eyes, and lower brows become more prominent. You may be tempted to do a full facelift, but you may only need a brow lift.
What’s an endoscopic brow lift?
An endoscopic brow lift is a type of brow lift that involves a few incisions right inside the hairline through which the tissue is released and then suspended. By tightening the deeper layers of your face, this avoids excessive pulling of the surface skin which could leave you with a permanently surprised expression. This procedure is a perfect subtle change to improve the downward pull of your aging face.
Patients often experience fullness in their upper eyelid and come in wanting surgery to correct it, but don’t realize the role their eyebrows are playing. The eyebrows are the elevators of our face, so when they start to drag down they can complicate other facial features.
In females, the eyebrows typically sit above the supraorbital rim. In males, they sit right at the supraorbital rim. Depending on where your eyebrows are positioned, you may be better qualified for a brow lift, upper blepharoplasty, or both. This is why it’s important to have a consultation with your doctor to discuss the overall anatomy of your face.
Getting a brow lift in Washington, DC
Your doctor will work with you to determine which brow lift procedure will best suit your lifestyle, needs, and goals. Our physicians prefer to consider the overall harmony of your facial features, so you may discuss other techniques that can be combined with this procedure.
During your consultation, you will discuss factors including:
- Skin elasticity
- Drooping brows
- Shape of brows
- Surgical technique
- Degree of skin that is sagging
The brow lift procedure takes about 1 to 2 hours to perform and does not require an overnight hospital stay. Swelling, soreness, and bruising is expected but will subside over the first week. Recovery will take about 2 weeks but you may not see full results for 4 to 6 weeks.