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Endoscopic Brow Lift
What is a Brow Lift?
One of the most important advances in facial aesthetic surgery in the past 20 years is the development of small-incision, endoscopic brow lift techniques, also known as an endoscopic forehead lift. Now at his practice near Naples, Florida, Dr. Patrick Flaharty can use these techniques to rejuvenate the forehead. Through very small incisions hidden in the hairline he can release and lift the entire brow.
One of the keys to the success of this operation is the modern fixation technique. Once the brow is released the entire forehead can be lifted and reshaped. The tissues are then held in place with a small absorbable device that attaches to the bone and allows an accurate shaping of the brow. This achieves superb and long-lasting rejuvenation for the entire forehead with minimal downtime.
Dr. Flaharty Explains The Brow Lift
Brow Lift Candidates
If you have a sagging, heavy brow, this can make you look tired, sad, or even angry. This is because the upper third of the face is where we communicate most of our emotions. The goal of a brow lift with Dr. Flaharty is to elevate the brows and erase the lines and creases on the forehead. Most patients opting for brow lift surgeries are between the ages of 40 and 60, and are plagued by sagging brows and aging skin on the forehead.
What Issues Can a Brow Lift Address?
A brow lift can:
- Remove forehead lines and creases
- Raise drooping brows and eyelids
- Refresh a perpetually tired appearance
- Remove deep furrows between the brows
- Give the patient a younger, more energetic appearance
How is a Brow Lift Different from Eyelid Surgery?
The goals of these two procedures have commonality, but their focus differs. A brow lift stabilizes the position of the eyebrow and only indirectly improves the upper eyelid position. Brow lifts typically improve the hooding of the skin that hangs over the outer corners of the upper eyelids or the heavy brows themselves that hang over the eye sockets above the eyelids.
Upper eyelid surgery specifically addresses the eyelids themselves. Upper eyelid surgery removes excess skin that hangs over the eyelid and often encroaches upon the eyelashes.
Endoscopic Brow Lift Procedure
Dr. Flaharty makes from three to five short incisions within the hairline. He then inserts the endoscope, a tiny instrument with a camera on the end, through one of the incisions. This gives him a view of the area to be addressed without the need for a long coronal incision. Through the other incisions, he inserts tools needed. Next he releases and lifts the entire brow. Now he is able to lift and reshape the brows.
To hold the changes in place, Dr. Flaharty utilizes small absorbable devices called endotines that attach to the bone and alleviate tissue strain caused by deep tissue sutures. Through this modern fixation, Dr. Flaharty is able to deliver natural, long-lasting rejuvenation to the entire forehead, all with minimal downtime thanks to his use of the endoscope.
This procedure is often performed in conjunction with a lower face and neck lift as part of the Azul Natural Facelift procedure to achieve a harmonious rejuvenation of the entire face. As with all facial cosmetic surgery, endoscopic brow lifts are performed under intravenous sedation with local anesthetic for the comfort and safety of our patients.
Brow Lift Before & After
Recovery After Forehead Lift
You will have some tightness across the forehead for the first 1-2 days after your brow lift. During that time you’ll need to keep your head elevated, even for sleeping. There will be some swelling and bruising, but this is far less because Dr. Flaharty uses the endoscopic method. This can migrate down into your cheeks and around the eyes. That should resolve in 5-7 days.
Most patients can return to work in a week or so after an endoscopic brow lift. Strenuous exercise or lifting needs to be avoided for several weeks, as it creates pressure on the forehead area. Because Dr. Flaharty makes only short, minimal incisions within your hairline, scarring is virtually invisible and not really an issue.
How Long Will My Brow Lift Results Last?
The changes made in your brow lift are permanent, but they unfortunately can’t stop the ongoing processes of aging. The goal in a brow lift is to give permanent improvement to the transverse lines and frown lines of the forehead, and to raise the brows. Your forehead lines will never again be as severe. Your brows will continue to descend with aging, but they will now descend from a higher, more youthful position. You won’t have the same kind of sagging that you had, despite the passing years. The average brow lift patient can expect the effects of the procedure to visibly last from 10-12 years. Of course, these results vary by the patient.
Choose a Facial Rejuvenation Specialist
Dr. Flaharty specializes in facial cosmetic surgery. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist who is fellowship trained in both ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as facial cosmetic surgery. Dr. Flaharty has been in private practice in southwest Florida for 20 years and has performed more than 20,000 facial procedures. This extensive training and experience make him uniquely qualified in the area of facial rejuvenation surgery. Dr. Flaharty has offices located in Fort Myers and Bonita Springs.
Schedule a Consultation
Ready to learn how a brow lift with Dr. Flaharty can help you look your best? Request a consultationRequest a consultation using our convenient online form, or call the office directly at (239) 415-7576.Back to Top