The effects of aging are inevitable and unavoidable and often the brow and forehead area show the first signs. The skin begins to lose its elasticity, the muscles that pull the brow down and the pull of gravity all affect the face, resulting in frown lines, wrinkling across the forehead, and an increasing heaviness of the eyebrows, this can lead to an older or even angry appearance that is not in keeping with how the patient feels. The forehead lift or brow lift is designed to elevate the eyebrows and reduce frown lines. This results in a more youthful expression by smoothing the forehead, opening the eyes, and removing the brow heaviness. This procedure can be performed alone or combined with a facelift, blepharoplasty, and any other facial rejuvenation procedures desired.
A variety of techniques are available and consultation is necessary for selection of the most appropriate. At this time the majority of forehead lifts performed by Dr Pincock use a minimally invasive surgical technique known as the endoscopic forehead lift or brow lift.
With the endoscopic forehead lift a very thin fiber-optic keyhole telescope is placed through three to five tiny incisions behind the hairline. The whole procedure is performed under the skin while Dr. Pincock manipulates the keyhole instruments on a video monitor. During the procedure the corrugator muscles that cause the brow to furrow and cause deep grooves in the skin can be weakened or divided. The endoscopic brow-lift procedure has stood the test of time and gives patients a long-lasting result.
This procedure takes approximately an hour and a half and is performed under general anesthesia. It can be performed as an outpatient procedure and you can go home a few hours after surgery. Bruising and swelling is variable, but most patients are able to resume normal activities in two weeks.