Traditional vs. Endoscopic Brow Lift Surgery in Toronto

Brow lift

In the GTA, cosmetic brow surgery is one of the most popular procedures people between the ages of 40-60 typically seek out. The reason for this is that drooping or sagging eyebrows and fine lines around the eyes are some of the most noticeable signs of ageing. These are things that middle-aged people are typically concerned with; however, sometimes droopy eyes or a low forehead can be caused by genetics, in which case, younger people might also be viable candidates for this type of procedure. Over the years, two different types of brow lift procedures have been developed in the field of facial plastic surgery: traditional and endoscopic. Continue reading to learn about the vast differences between the two procedures and to help determine which one is the most appropriate option for you.

Traditional Brow Lift

Traditional brow lifts are generally considered to be relatively more invasive than endoscopic brow lifts because they involve making a large, somewhat deep, and long incision across the forehead. These brow lift incisions are directly below the hairline and extend from one side of the forehead to the other. This is a source of undue concern for some people because they automatically assume that the procedure will be painful or leave unattractive scars. However, as long as you refer to a professional facial cosmetic surgeon in Toronto, the scarring should be fairly minimal and unnoticeable. Also, you won’t feel any pain during the surgery because general anesthesia is administered, so you’ll be unconscious throughout the entire ordeal. The idea is to internally lift the skin and manipulate the muscles in the brow line in order to smooth out wrinkles, fine lines, and remove sagging skin from that part of the face. Throughout the procedure, the affected area is fully exposed, but once it’s over the plastic surgeon will seal the incision with sutures.

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Endoscopic Brow Lift

Endoscopic brow lifts are a more modern alternative to the abovementioned traditional brow lift in that they require multiple minor incisions to be made on both sides of the scalp. Once again, you’ll be under general anesthesia while the procedure is going on, but this method is far less invasive because the incisions are so much smaller. The surgeon will use an endoscope (medical camera) to record everything internally on a large screen and then they’ll use other medical instruments to manipulate, reform, and pull up your brow muscles and eradicate all signs of ageing or sun damage. The only major downfall is that in some cases, the plastic surgeon may need to shave off a portion of your hair on both sides of your head in order to make it easier to work around the area. Other than that, the risks are very minimal.

Recovery Time for a Brow Lift Procedure

Brow lift recovery time usually varies on an individual basis, but can last anywhere from one to two weeks. You might have to book some time off of work and refrain from any strenuous or stressful physical activities for the first few days and you might even need to hold off from showering until your sutures are fully healed.

Are You a Good Candidate for Brow Lift Surgery?

Ideal candidates for brow lift surgery should have completely realistic expectations of what the procedure can and can’t accomplish. As with any other cosmetic surgery procedures, you’ll be required to schedule a preliminary appointment with your facial plastic surgeon during which they’ll explain all of the stipulations and steps involved including a demonstration of how they’ll make the brow lift incisions. Ultimately, your facial plastic surgeon will determine whether or not this procedure is a suitable option for you after your initial consultation.

Dr. Gantous at Toronto Facial Plastic Surgery is one of the most prominent cosmetic surgeons in all of Canada. He’s been working as a facial plastic surgeon for more than 20 years. To learn more about facial plastic surgery in Toronto, please contact us!

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