Although endoscopy has been widely used in various procedures, perhaps most notably in regards to the digestive tract, for decades, it has only recently begun to gain traction in the plastic surgery field, and is now being used for both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. In the case of cosmetic surgery, the use of endoscopy is greatly desirable due to the ability to perform procedures with a significantly smaller incision site, and in turn, smaller, less noticible scarring - allowing for a much better result in terms of aesthetics.
One procedure being performed now is an endoscopic brow lift, also known as an endoscopic forehead lift. This procedure is used to correct drooping eyebrows and soften worried or angry expressions that result from frown lines.
The surgeon will insert the endoscope into several small incisions (4-5 mm) placed just behind the hairline and/or behind the ear. The skin can then be lifted, and the muscle can be removed or altered if necessary. The goal of this procedure is to smooth wrinkles, tighten, and lift sagging facial features to give the patient a more relaxed and youthful appearance. This type of lift, however, is not an effective treatment for the lower face and neck regions.
Patients can generally expect a shorter recovery time compared to that of a traditional facelift, and swelling or bruising will typically heal within one to two weeks.
Aother popular procedure to gain traction in the endoscopic field is breast augmentation. The shorter incisions required for the endoscopic version of this surgery offer such benefits as minimized bruising, swelling, and bleeding, and can reduce the risk of nerve damage and desensitization.
All surgeries pose certain risks. Be sure to consult with your physician prior to any surgery to determine what risk factors you may be facing, and determine the best course of action for your specific circumstances.