Endoscopic Brow Lift FAQ

What is an endoscopic brow lift? 
An endoscopic brow lift, also known as brow enhancement, is a surgical procedure able to elevate and properly position the eyebrows and diminish frown lines in order to provide a younger, more refreshed appearance. Compared to traditional surgery, the endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive procedure.

Who is the best candidate for an endoscopic brow lift? 
The best candidate for an endoscopic brow lift is a physically healthy man or woman who has realistic expectations and is interested in improving the appearance of drooping or overhanging brows and furrowed lines above the nose.

Where is the endoscopic brow lift procedure performed?
An endoscopic brow lift may be performed in a surgeon’s office-based facility, an outpatient surgical center or a hospital.

What type of anesthesia is used during an endoscopic brow lift?
Local anesthesia combined with sedation is typically used during an endoscopic brow lift procedure.

How is the actual endoscopic brow lift procedure performed? 
After anesthesia is administers, three tiny incisions are made in the hairline. The endoscope (a mini TV camera with a probe attached) is inserted through the incisions and guides the surgeon as he or she removes the muscles that produce frown lines and repositions the eyebrows to a higher level. The incisions are then closed.

How long does an endoscopic brow lift take to complete?
The endoscopic brow lift typically takes one to two hours to perform.

Where are the incisions made for an endoscopic brow lift? 
Three very small, puncture-type incisions are made in the hairline.

Is an endoscopic brow lift a painful procedure? 
Patients typically experience minimal discomfort. Pain medication can be prescribed to help control any discomfort that you may experience.

Will I be able to drive myself home after undergoing an endoscopic brow lift?
Patients receiving sedation will need to arrange for someone else to drive them home after their procedure.

What is the recovery like after an endoscopic brow lift? 
Patients typically experience minimal discomfort. Some swelling is likely to occur and can be minimized by keeping the head elevated for the first few days after surgery. Bruising and swelling will begin to fade within a week or so. Patients may also experience some temporary numbness. Stitches or staples used to close the incisions are typically removed within a week.

How much time will I need to take off from work after an endoscopic brow lift? 
Most patients find that they can return to work within a week after an endoscopic brow lift, sometimes sooner.

When can I exercise after an endoscopic brow lift? 
Strenuous or vigorous exercise will need to be avoided for several weeks after an endoscopic brow lift.

When are the stitches removed after the procedure? 
Stitches or staples used to close the incisions are typically removed within a week.

What are the risks or complications associated with an endoscopic brow lift? 
As with all types of surgery there are potential complications that can occur with an endoscopic brow lift and these may include the following: adverse anesthesia reaction, bleeding, hematoma, infection, nerve injury, and the need for additional surgery.

Does insurance ever cover the cost of an endoscopic brow lift? 
Insurance typically does not cover the cost of endoscopic brow lifts performed solely for cosmetic purposes.

Is it possible to get financing for my endoscopic brow lift? 
Financing is available for many plastic surgery procedures.

What should I look for in a surgeon to perform my endoscopic brow lift? 
It’s important that you carefully choose the surgeon to perform your endoscopic brow lift. First, make sure that the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) as this ensures that they’ve completed the proper training to safely conduct your procedure according ABFPRS standards. It’s also important to ask the following questions: Does the surgeon have privileges to perform surgery in an accredited hospital and, if so, which hospitals? How many endoscopic brow lifts has the surgeon performed? Where and how will the surgery be performed? Is the surgical facility accredited by a nation or state-recognized accrediting organization? What are the risks of your particular procedure?

What does it mean if my surgeon is certified by the ABFPRS? 
The ABFPRS credential signifies that a surgeon:

  • Has completed an approved residency in one of the two surgical specialties that include identifiable training in all aspects of facial plastic surgery (otolaryngology/head-and-neck surgery or plastic surgery, generally)
  • Is double boarded, having earned prior certification in one of those specialties through the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada
  • Has successfully completed a two-day examination
  • Has submitted for peer-review an acceptable record of at least two years’ clinical experience, including operative reports of a minimum 100 facial plastic surgeries
  • Holds proper licensure and subscribes to the ABFPRS Code of Ethics.


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