The natural process of aging often leads to sagging skin, slack muscles, and loose connective tissue in the upper part of the face, which can make us look much older than we really are. The good news is that there is a minimally-invasive plastic surgery that’s specifically intended to bring the eyebrows back to a youthful level and improve the appearance of the upper face.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva offers the endoscopic brow lift to patients in Newport Beach who are looking for a beautiful, refreshed look with a less invasive technique.
Endoscopic Brow Lift vs. an Open Brow Lift
Today, endoscopic brow lifts and open brow lifts are the two most common techniques used for lifting the brows. Patients who opt for an open brow lift surgery can expect their surgeon to make a long incision across their forehead to tighten the underlying tissues and remove excess skin.
The surgeon will also get rid of any unwanted fat before pulling the remaining skin together and stitching the brow into its ideal position.
Compared to an endoscopic brow lift procedure, an open forehead lift is far more invasive and comes with a lengthy recovery period.
During an endoscopic brow lift in Orange County, a small incision is made at various points along the hairline and a tiny video camera called an endoscope is used to provide visibility during the procedure. An endoscopic brow lift can give surgeons the chance to detect any nerves that surround the eyebrows and protect them during the procedure. Endoscopic brow lifts are often preferred over open brow lifts because there is less pain and a shorter recovery involved.
Benefits of an Endoscopic Brow Lift
The greatest benefit of an endoscopic brow lift in Newport Beach is its ability to treat drooping and sagging skin on a patient’s forehead and their upper eyelids.
Despite the fact that this procedure is considered cosmetic, it has the added benefit of often reducing tension in the forehead. Patients who undergo an endoscopic brow lift at our Orange County office look refreshed and rejuvenated once they have healed from surgery.
Good Candidates for an Endoscopic Brow Lift
An endoscopic brow lift can be a good option for men and women who are concerned by a perpetual droopy and tired look. It may also make sense for patients who would like to improve their forehead wrinkles and the aged appearance of their upper eyelids.
While many endoscopic brow lift patients are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, those in their 20s and 30s can sometimes benefit from this procedure as well. Patients should be in overall good health, be non-smokers, and have realistic expectations.
Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva to discuss your options for brow lift surgery in Newport Beach can help you figure out which procedure best suits your needs.
What to Expect During an Endoscopic Brow Lift Consultation
An endoscopic brow lift consultation in Newport Beach is the perfect way for patients to determine if this procedure is right for them. During the consultation, patients can expect Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva to discuss their aesthetic goals and discover whether they’d benefit most from an endoscopic brow lift or another procedure.
If a patient’s brow and forehead drooping resolve completely when Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva manually raises the eyebrows to a more youthful position, then they may be a good candidate for the brow lift procedure.
Should Dr. Ho Taghva decide that an endoscopic brow lift in Orange County is right for the patient, she will discuss the procedure and recovery process in detail. She may also share before and after photos of real patients to help set expectations.
Preparing for a Brow Lift
To prepare for a brow lift in Newport Beach, patients will need to stay away from anti-inflammatory medications as they may interfere with the healing process. Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva will also recommend that patients quit smoking and drinking before the procedure and during recovery to minimize their risk of developing complications.
The Endoscopic Brow Lift Procedure
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva performs plastic surgery procedures, including endoscopic brow lifts, at GALEA Center for Advanced Surgery. The center is Medicare Accredited (the highest level available for an outpatient surgery center) and is conveniently located next to the LEA Plastic Surgery offices in Newport Beach.
During an endoscopic brow lift in Orange County, Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva will make small incisions hidden at several points near the patient’s hairline to access the underlying tissues. She will then insert a tiny telescope or endoscope through the incisions before lifting the forehead and tightening any loose skin. The endoscope gives Dr. Ho Taghva the visibility she needs to make sure that the brow is lifted and reshaped safely and efficiently.
This procedure to elevate the brow is typically performed under local anesthesia as general anesthesia is usually unnecessary for this minimally-invasive plastic surgery. Unlike many other procedures, no drains or dressings are required for healing.
Patients can expect to see complete results within a few months when their swelling and bruising subsides. In most cases, endoscopic brow lifts take around an hour to complete.
Recovering From an Endoscopic Brow Lift
The recovery period for endoscopic brow lift in Newport Beach usually takes anywhere from one to two weeks. Although patients may be able to return to work and their daily routine after about a week, Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva suggests taking at least 10 days off before returning to work to allow swelling and bruising to subside and the wounds to heal.
During the first week after an endoscopic brow lift, patients should make an effort to keep their head elevated in order to keep swelling to a minimum. While it’s important for patients to relax and allow their body to recover, light activities like walking around the house are safe and encouraged.
If patients experience any pain or discomfort after plastic surgery, they can take a prescription medication. Patients should refrain from vigorous activity for at least two weeks after their procedure.
Risks and Complications of an Endoscopic Brow Lift
Just like all surgeries, endoscopic brow lifts do come with possible risks and complications. The most common ones include numbness, scarring, and infection. Since Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva is an experienced brow lift surgeon, these risks and complications are rare.
Frequently Asked Questions About Endoscopic Brow Lifts
A brow lift is a procedure that enhances the look of the forehead and upper eyelid so that a patient’s entire face appears more awake and alert.
In most cases, droopy eyelids are the result of aging and the excess skin and loose muscles the process often creates. However, genetics, as well as procedures like LASIK or cataract surgery, can lead to droopy eyelids as well.
Many patients wonder whether they should get an endoscopic brow lift along with eyelid lift. If a patient’s forehead drooping does not go away when Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva raises their eyebrows, she may recommend both procedures. An endoscopic brow lift combined with eyelid surgery can lead to incredible results.
An endoscopic brow lift can smooth and tighten lines and wrinkles on a patient’s forehead. It can also rejuvenate their appearance so they don’t look “angry” or “tired.” This procedure can also reduce or even get rid of deep horizontal lines between the brows and of course, elevate the brow to a more youthful position.
Patients can enjoy long-lasting results after undergoing an endoscopic brow lift in Orange County. However, the natural process of aging may lead to additional drooping and patients sometimes elect to have another brow lift in the future.
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva has discovered that many patients are concerned about looking permanently surprised or having a difficult time moving their forehead after the procedure. Fortunately, the endoscopic method is very unlikely to create this unwanted aesthetic result. Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva has the skills and knowledge necessary to create natural, subtle results.
A brow lift is performed to improve signs of aging solely in the upper face. A facelift, however, resolves aesthetic concerns mainly in the lower face, cheeks, and chin. Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva may suggest a facelift and/or neck lift in addition to brow lift surgery for patients who are showing severe signs of aging in both the lower and upper part of the face.
While endoscopic brow lifts are more common in women than men, men with deep creases on their forehead can achieve a more youthful appearance with this procedure.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva to Perform My Endoscopic Brow Lift?
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva is a board-certified plastic surgeon and the founder of LEA Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach. She is one of the top plastic surgeons performing endoscopic brow lifts in Orange County and takes great pride in helping people from all walks of life achieve their aesthetic goals, from Botox for crow’s feet to complex facial surgeries.
A graduate of Brown University’s medical school, Dr. Ho Taghva is always refining her techniques and cutting-edge procedures she offers. If you choose Dr. Ho Taghva to perform your endoscopic brow lift in Newport Beach, you can expect personalized attention throughout every step of your journey.