A surgical browlift eliminates forehead lines by directly addressing the underlying muscles that create wrinkles, furrows and the “hood” that comes from excess skin on the forehead due to normal aging and loss of collagen or elasticity.
Depending on the severity of your brow line issue, your surgeon can take one of two common approaches:
- Open – requires making an incision across the crown of the head or just within the hairline (which is necessary if excess skin will be removed and there is already a high forehead); it is also called the coronal approach,
- Endoscopic – this browlift procedure utilizes the assistance of a surgical scope through small incisions at the temples, within the hairline and sometimes in the upper eyelid crease.
Within a week or less, you’ll see a higher, more youthful-looking brow, and after about two to four weeks of initial swelling, the brow settles and begins to look more natural with a more youthful line.
An endoscopic browlift can reposition eyebrows that are too low and bring them back to a more natural point. (Eyebrows that are naturally too high are a rare occurrence.)
Even by lifting just the tail end of the brow, the brows are elevated ever so slightly, which leads to a sexier shape. The procedure adds more of an arch to the brow line and may also fix asymmetrical eyebrows.
You will look 10 years younger when your eyebrows are positioned to an elevated and feminine position. Repositioned eyebrows give a younger, fresher appearance because the eyes look wider and more alert.
“The endoscope magnifies the tissues so the doctor can see them better,” says Salt Lake City, UT, plastic surgeon Renato Saltz, MD. “And because it’s less invasive than traditional browlift surgery, the scars are smaller.”
Dr. Renato Saltz believes the mid-facelift and endoscopic browlift fit well with contemporary theories in facial aging.
“Using a combination of a facelift with a browlift can rejuvenate the entire face,” says Ellicott City, MD, plastic surgeon Daniel Markmann, MD.
To determine if an endoscopic browlift is right for you, it’s important to discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon.