Endoscopic forehead lift

What is an endoscopic forehead lift?

With an endoscopic forehead lift, the surgeon tightens the skin of your forehead and corrects sagging eyebrows. A low position of the eyebrows can give extra pressure on your upper eyelids which can lead to headaches.

By making small incisions in the hairline the skin is loosened above your eyes via a scoop (research camera). The skin is tightened and thus the low and slack of the eyebrow is resolved.

What are the benefits of an endoscopic forehead lift?

  • No more tiring appearance

  • No more heavy feeling on your eyebrows and eyelids.

When am I suitable for an endoscopic forehead lift?

You are eligible for an endoscopic forehead lift when the skin of your forehead is weakened due to aging or inheritance. The result is that you constantly have to raise your eyebrows. For optimal results, the forehead lift can be combined with an upper or lower eyelid correction.

How does an endoscopic forehead lift work?

A forehead lift is done under full anesthetic and a day treatment. The eyebrows – which press downwards and hang more or less over the eye sockets – are pulled up. There are two methods for performing the procedure:

  •  In the ‘open’ method, a cut is made from ear to ear, over the forehead and in the hairline. The skin is loosened, excess fat is removed and the muscles tightened. The skin itself is also tightened. The sutures are applied in several layers so that the pulling force is distributed on the skin.
  •  The other method is called the endoscopic forehead lift. Here a number of small cuts are made in the hairline. A small pen-shaped camera (which is connected to a monitor) is brought in through a number of these cuts. The other instruments are inserted in the other incisions. The procedure is performed under anesthesia. The result can be seen after a few weeks.

The treatment lasts one to two hours.

Consultation

During the first consultation, we discuss all issues related to the treatment. What disturbs you most about your forehead will be discussed. The operating techniques are also discussed, what results you can expect, what the possible risks of this procedure are and how the aftercare will look like. You will always receive honest advice and will be informed in a clear way about the treatment and the period that follows.

During the consultation with the plastic surgeon, he will check whether you are a suitable candidate for an endoscopic forehead lift. The surgeon will ask about your health, medical background and any medication. If you use blood-thinning medication, you must stop at least one week before treatment.

We recommend that you stop smoking at least 4 to 6 weeks before the procedure. Because smoking narrows the blood vessels and can therefore disrupt wound healing. It is also important that you do not drink alcohol at least 24 hours before the procedure. Alcohol increases the risk of a bruise or bleeding.

What can I expect after an endoscopic forehead lift?

After a forehead lift, the operated area and the upper eyelids can swell and turn blue. It almost never happens that this swelling is so severe that you cannot see anything anymore. To prevent swelling and bruising as much as possible, you will have a firm bandage around the head and forehead immediately after the procedure (even before you wake up). You can remove this connection after 48 hours. After this you can also wash your hair again. Any swelling around the eyes is usually largely gone after two weeks. In the beginning the eyebrows seem to be a bit high. Rest assured, after a few weeks they have dropped to a normal position.

Most people do not experience a forehead lift as very painful. Take a paracetamol against any pain. If this does not help or if the pain increases, contact us.

After about seven to ten days you have an appointment at the outpatient clinic. The plastic surgeon then removes the stitches. Another week later he removes the insoluble screws. This is not painful.

For the first four to six weeks, try to avoid coughing, pressing, lifting or bending a lot. This gives a high pressure on the wound and can disrupt wound healing. Also, during the first six weeks you can not exercise to avoid contact with or pressure on the wound (s).