Endoscopic Facelift is the latest in facial plastic surgery. It is also known as the “scarless facelift”. It can be beneficial for certain select individuals who do not have excess skin in significant quantities.
Through the adoption of endoscopic techniques, the Endoscopic Facelift procedure facilitates not only facial rejuvenation but also facial enhancement. Such endoscopic techniques were first developed for use in general surgery, gynecology, orthopedic surgery and others. The technology and expertise is now also available for application in plastic and cosmetic surgical procedures.
Endoscopic Facelift is a surgical technique that removes the necessity for long incisions, permits quicker healing and generally results in fewer side effects than traditional facelifts. It also enables the surgeon access to hard-to-reach areas that with traditional facelift techniques are difficult to reach. These difficult-to-reach areas are in the central third of the face and include the frown lines between the brows, the folds adjacent to the nose and lines around the mouth.
Who is suitable for Endoscopic Facelift surgery?
The best candidates for this facelift surgery are normally considered to be those whose skin quality is still relatively good. Patients are typically aged between the late thirties and late fifties.
What to consider at this stage
Before you see the surgeon, it is important to consider exactly what you are trying to achieve from your surgery.
If you intend losing weight at some time in the future, it is best to do so before your facelift operation.
Those who smoke are advised to stop smoking at least two weeks before their surgery. Because smoking reduces the blood supply to the thin skin flaps created by the surgeon, stopping smoking at this time will assist healing and reduce the risk of infection.
What is an Endoscope?
The endoscope is an instrument used for direct visual inspection inside the body. It consists of two basic parts: a tubular probe fitted with a tiny camera and bright light, which is inserted through a small incision; and a viewing screen, which magnifies the transmitted images of the body’s internal structures. During surgery, the surgeon watches the screen whilst moving the endoscope tube through the surgical area.
How is an Endoscopic Facelift carried out?
- Endoscopic Facelift is performed under General Anaesthetic.
- The operation typically demands 3 or more small incisions, which will be strategically located in regions where the most correction is required.
- If it is necessary to smooth and tighten muscles and skin of the mid-face, incisions can be concealed in the lower eyelid and upper line of the gum. In order to tighten loose muscles in the neck, incisions can be hidden beneath the chin and behind the ears. The endoscope can also assist in positioning chin and cheek implants.
- During the Endoscopic procedure, additional procedures can also be performed, such as:- dermal fillers
– eye-bag removal
– neck liposuction
– chin or cheek implants
– laser skin resurfacing
– brow lift
- The procedure can take 3 or more hours, particularly if additional procedures are to be performed.
- Most patients are treated as out-patients with no overnight hospital stay required.
- If your work is not physical, you can anticipate returning to work within 1 week.
- You can expect to return to normal physical exercise within 1 to 2 weeks.
After the operation
As with the case of all surgery, you should expect to feel bruised and sore. However, because with endoscopic techniques the incisions are smaller, the risk of sensory loss due to nerve damage is also reduced. Furthermore, bleeding, bruising and swelling can also reduce significantly.
Sutures are removed after 1 week. You might be asked to maintain your head elevated for a few days to assist with reducing the swelling.
Risks & Complications
Cosmetic surgery is amongst the safest of medical procedures. However, patients must understand and accept that no surgical procedure is totally without risk. For further information concerning the risks and complications associated with Facelift, please refer to Risks and Complications of Facelift.
At your Consultation, Your surgeon will discuss the risks with you.
How long will the results of your Endoscopic Facelift surgery last?
As in the case of traditional facelift surgery, an endoscopic facelift will turn the clock back, but it is unable to make time stand still. You will always look younger than you otherwise would without having had the surgery, but your face will continue to age over the years. However there are many non-surgical procedures which will help to prolong the result of a facelift. For further information please visit the Non-Surgical section of our website.