Sometimes a brow lift is the best way to eliminate that “tired” look. Using an endoscopic approach means less invasive, smaller and easily hidden incision marks, and faster recovery.
DR. SUZANNE YEE: New patients come in asking for their eyelids to be done and they think they need a brow lift blepharoplasty. But in fact, they really need a brow lift and I will show them, with the mirror, what it would look like with a brow lift, versus what it would look like with an upper eyelid blepharoplasty and sometimes patients will get an upper eyelid blepharoplasty and they don’t get the brow lift, but their eyes still don’t look opened. Their brows are still hooding. We do an endoscopic brow lift surgery in my office. Traditionally, we have had the coronal brow lift where we make big incision across the forehead, and peel the forehead down. But there’s some downtime with that. There’s a lot of hair loss with that. I have almost exclusively done endoscopic brow lifts for the past 9 years, where we make 5 small incisions in the scalp, and we use small endoscopes to loosen the forehead skin and to loosen the muscles that are causing the brows to droop. Then we will lift the brows and put a little screw in, which will dissolve in 8 months or so, so they’re not worried about going through the airline detector and hearing alarms go off, but it will dissolve. And we have the patients back in to normal activity in 7-10 days. They don’t have that huge incision that has to heal and the incisions that we place are very imperceptible. The patients can wear their hair any way they want. And they’re not worried about whether their frontal hairline is showing because they have a big scar on their forehead. Patients are so happy after surgery, because they feel refreshed. They don’t feel like they look angry anymore. Sometimes I’ll just do endoscopic brow lift only, with no upper eyelid blepharoplasty and it just opens their eyes up and they look refreshed and happy and not like they’re scowling all the time.