In this surgery, the plastic surgeon makes five small incisions in the scalp a few centimeters behind the hairline. Through these incisions, the plastic surgeon uses fiber optic scopes and instruments to peel the skin off the forehead and pull it upward. Because the skin is pulled off the forehead bone from the inside, there isn’t nearly the bleeding that you have with the open approach.
The brows are secured in a higher position by placement of either small screws and sutures or an absorbable device called the Endotine. It’s basically like a carpet tack for the forehead. By the time the Endotine implant dissolves in a couple months, the forehead has healed into its new, higher location.
This may sound like a preferable option to you, but the problem with the endoscopic brow lift is that I’ve found the results aren’t as predictable as an open brow lift. In some patients, the eyebrows tend to settle as it heals, and the eyebrows don’t end up quite as high as you would like them to be. Still, it’s better than having an ear-to-ear scar and all the potential problems that may come with an open brow lift.
Brow lifts are great for a very specific purpose—lifting the brow so you look more alert, awake, and pleasant. But they don’t necessarily do anything else. They usually don’t remove forehead wrinkles or tighten the skin in any way that makes you look younger. The only way to really effectively reduce forehead wrinkles is with Botox—and Botox is a whole lot cheaper and less invasive.
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