For candidates who desire a minimally invasive solution to sagging brows and cheeks, an endoscopic facelift may be the answer. An endoscopic facelift allows patients to achieve tighter, younger looking facial features without the extensive scars of a traditional facelift while still allowing the surgeon adequate visualization of the structure of the face.
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About the Procedure
This particular facelift technique varies from other facelift procedures in that it incorporates the use of fiber optic cameras called endoscopes. While the procedure bears results similar to other facelift surgeries such as the tightening of any sagging facial muscle or the removal of fatty tissues, it does not result in the removal of excess skin like more traditional facelifts. However, the procedure still results in tighter, younger skin and the minimally invasive approach leads to a shorter recovery time as well as fewer complications. Alternatives such as the SMAS or plicated SMAS facelift would be a more appropriate alternative for patients who need skin removal in addition to muscle tightening. The cost for an endoscopic facelift varies from $7,700-$20,000. The endoscopic facelift allows for the use of smaller incisions as opposed to other forms of facelift operations. These incisions are traditionally made above and behind the ear- resulting in minimal scarring that is considerably easier to cover. With the endoscope in place, the surgeon can tighten facial muscles with extreme accuracy. The less invasive nature of the procedure also results in shorter recovery time as your body is healing from significantly less trauma.
Facelifts aim at making the candidate rejuvenate their face for a more youthful look. By "lifting" sagging cheeks and jawline skin, facelifts remove excess skin and tightens underlying tissue and muscle. The goal of an endoscopic facelift is to correct facial sagging.
What to Expect
An endoscopic facelift allows for smaller incisions without compromising visualization by using intraoperative cameras. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an endoscopic facelift.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- No alcohol 2 days prior
- Do not eat or drink for at least 6 hours before
- Local anesthesia with sedation
- Multiple incisions made above and behind ears, behind hairline
- Endoscopes inserted for visualization
- Facial muscles tightened
- Sutures to close incisions
Most patients will experience mild bruising and swelling for a period up to 12 days, along with some minor itching as the incisions heal. After approximately 1 week, the sutures are removed to allow for complete healing. Usually, after 2 weeks of healing most patients are able to return to normal activity.
The ideal candidate for an endoscopic facelift is in their 30s, 40s and 50s with only moderate amounts of sagging skin.
Not Recommended For
An endoscopic facelift is not recommended for people with more pronounced signs of aging who would better benefit from a more invasive procedure.
Side effects from an endoscopic facelift may include swelling, bleeding, mild soreness, numbness, nerve injury, and excessive bleeding.