Medical science has advanced a great deal. One of the many advancements that have come about over the years is the endoscope. This tool is a viewing device that’s small enough to offer a real-time image of internal tissues. An endoscope primarily consists of two parts: a miniscule camera and a tubular probe. It also features a tiny light.

The endoscope is inserted into the body through a small incision, and the image captured appears on a monitor. This allows the plastic surgeon to see the area in much greater detail, increasing precision and decreasing risk of complications.

While using an endoscope, a plastic surgeon can insert surgical tools such as a scalpel and forceps through a secondary incision to restructure the underlying tissues.

Endoscopy in Cosmetic Surgery

Endoscopes have been extensively employed in medical reconstruction during procedures like sinus surgery and placement of tissue expanders. A newer use of the technique is in cosmetic plastic surgery.

Cosmetic plastic surgery is typically invasive and can cause post-surgical marks as a result of the creation of incisions. Endoscopy offers the benefit of minimizing post-surgical marks, since the incisions needed for endoscopic surgery are much smaller. This also leads to less downtime.

The Endoscopic Forehead Lift

The endoscopic forehead lift is a cutting-edge variation on the traditional forehead lift procedure. It is less invasive option and is used to address less severe signs of the aging process.

Aging is an inevitable process that alters our facial features in ways that are sometimes subtle and sometimes less so. While there is no magical potion that can reverse internal aging, there are certain cosmetic procedures that can erase signs of old age.

The endoscopic forehead corrects the following age signs:
• Horizontal wrinkles on the forehead
• Vertical wrinkles between the brows
• Crow’s feet
• Sagging eyebrows

The Procedure – What to Expect

At the start of the endoscopic forehead lift, twilight anesthesia is administered to the patient. This makes the patient comfortable and helps to avoid any pain.

Three to five very small incisions are then created behind the hairline. This is in contrast to the much larger incision used for a traditional forehead lift, which requires a longer recovery time.

Guided by the endoscopic image, Dr. Shafer then goes through the incisions to lift the underlying tissues, creating a tight and smooth appearance. Excess skin tissue and muscle tissue are removed to reshape facial features, and in the process, the main causes of drooping are taken care of.

Once the procedure is complete, the incisions are closed using surgical stitches. After the recovery process, the eyebrows will have restored shape and definition, and the forehead will look smoother and more youthful.

Is It Right for You?

The best way to find out whether the endoscopic forehead lift is the right technique for you is by speaking to a skilled plastic surgeon. Dr. David Shafer, an experienced double-board-certified plastic surgeon, will be happy to speak with you regarding this procedure. Contact us today to get started with your consultation.