Understanding Endoscopic Brow Lift

Posted on May 8th, 2014 by Dr. Albert Carlotti

 

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The effects of aging are inevitable, and, often, the brow and forehead area show the first signs. The skin begins to lose its elasticity. Sun, wind, and the pull of gravity all affect the face, resulting in frown lines, wrinkling across the forehead, and an increasing heaviness of the eyebrows. Even people in their thirties may have faces that look older than their years.

Others may mistake your appearance as tired, angry, or sad when this is not how you actually feel. As a result, many people have opted for a procedure known as the forehead lift. Based on variations in how men and women age and on new advances in medical technology, different methods are used to perform this procedure
“I had this heavy feeling in my forehead all the time, and it made me feel so sleepy and tired.

Sometimes I would grab my forehead and pull up, just for a moment’s relief. Then I noticed that I was losing my peripheral vision — my drooping eyebrows actually were in the way. I went to The Carlotti Center, and after a direct browlift and eyelid tuck, it’s like a big weight has been taken off my head. The surgery was not difficult, and now I feel refreshed. It’s a good feeling.”

Understanding the Surgery

The main difference among the various options for forehead lifting consists of the placement of the incision.
The Carlotti approach is endoscopic surgery. Several small incisions are placed just behind the hairline and a scope is used to assist in the surgery. In the right patient this procedure results in less risk of numbness and scarring while having a faster recovery.
Other techniques use longer incisions to lift the brow and is unnecessary. While all the various procedures will raise the brow and smooth the forehead, Dr Albert Carlotti and Dr Michelle Carlotti have consistent and exceptional results with the endoscopic approach.
A endoscopic lift typically takes between one to two hours to perform.

What to Expect After the Surgery

You will experience a certain amount of swelling and bruising in the 10-day period following surgery. In some patients, this condition may include the cheek and eye area as well as the forehead. You will be advised to keep your head elevated in order to reduce swelling. Cold compresses may further reduce swelling. As the incisions heal, you may experience some numbness as well as itching, both of which will diminish with time. It is important to follow the advice of Drs. Carlotti.

For most patients, the recovery time will not exceed two weeks, but patients may still be advised to avoid strenuous activities for longer periods. Any prolonged bruising can be camouflaged with standard make-up techniques.

Not infrequently, a brow lift is combined with Blepharoplasty (an eyelid tuck) or face lift to provide a harmonious rejuvenation.

By changing how you look, cosmetic surgery can help change how you feel about yourself

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