No pain, no scarring - this is what endoscopic surgery means for many people. Although traditional surgery may be the best option for most patients, an endoscopic facelift can be beneficial for certain select individuals who do have a significant amount of excess skin. So what is an endoscopic facelift?
An endoscopic facelift is the medical name for an improved plastic surgical technique that provides facial rejuvenation with minimal scars. Endoscopy us a surgical technique that may prevent the need for long incisions, may allow faster healing, and results in fewer side effects than traditional techniques.
An endoscopic facelift can focus on problems in specific area of the face, making smaller, more concentrated adjustments. They make use of the latest technology, using small incisions (often less than one inch in length) that are easily hidden. The surgeon inserts the endoscope probe (a small camera) and tiny instruments through these incisions. While performing the endoscopic facelift, the surgeon and other in the operating room are able to monitor the progress of the procedure using the internally placed camera.
The location of the incisions will depend on the type of facelift, but they are usually well hidden and strategically placed so to not leave any visible indication of surgery. If the mid-face needs adjustment, the incisions are placed along the lower eyelid or upper gumline, or to adjust sagging neck and chin tissue common spots for insertion include the beneath the chin or behind the ears.
Endoscopic surgery also allows the surgeon to reach and correct trouble areas, such as frown lines, laugh lines and crow’s feet that older facelifts have difficulty correcting.
Generally after endoscopic surgery you can return to your regular life after a day or two of rest and recuperation. Many people report that they retain a great deal of sensation after their procedures, unlike traditional facelifts that can take more recovery time. Endoscopic facelifts are also useful in positioning cheek and cheek implants as well.
Find out if you are a good candidate for this surgery and have all questions answered, as with any other surgery. The results should last between 5 and ten years, if not more.