Is the recovery time the same for a lateral browlift as a full endoscopic browlift?

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Recovery time for a browlift

The recovery time for any type of browlift is usually 10-14 days of visible bruising and swelling.  In our practice, we place drains in the forehead for 24 hours to prevent bruising.  The goals of browlift are not only to raise the eyebrow, but address eyebrow asymmetry, adjust the hairline upwards or downwards, and soften  the corrugator and frontalis expression wrinkles.  For more information many examples, please see our before and afters on the link below

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Browlift type.

A face Ages with the eyebrows falling vertically. Therefore I do not believe in lateral brow lift. Coronal brow lift will raise your hairline and remove a half to 1 inch of your best hair. 35 years ago we develop the Irregular Trichophytic Forehead Lift at the hairline with hair buried so the scar  does not show. Hair will grow through the scar. The hairline can be kept at the same level or lowered. For very low hairlines the forehead lift can be done endoscopically. See a very experienced brow lift surgeon for this.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery time the same for a lateral browlift as a full endoscopic browlift?

Hi, I have performed many Brow Lifts over the past 30 years.  Non smiling photos of your forehead and eyes would help in the evaluation. If the eyebrows are significantly low, compared to the desired aesthetic position, an open (Coronal Brow Lift) remains the "gold standard" by which all other brow lifting techniques are measured.  The issue with a lateral brow lift and an endoscopic brow lift is that it requires some method of tissues suspension (hooks, screws, sutures or threads) and while one point of fixation can be achieved using the bone of the skull, the brow tissues are much softer allowing any suspension technique to ultimately pull through which will release the lifting effects.   The Coronal Brow Lift, on the other hand, trims excess, loose scalp created by the lifting process which holds the brows in the elevated, lifted position.  The Coronal Brow Lift can be modified to allow placement of the mid forehead first (eliminates the raised forehead), followed by individual adjustments to the level of each portion (inner and outer) of each eyebrow.  The eyebrow can be divided into an inner (by the nose) and outer (by the ear) segment with an imaginary vertical line drawn through the outer colored portion of the eye separating the two. The inner segments depicts "emotion" (low is angry, properly positioned is "neutral" and overly raised is "surprised").  Typically, raising the inner segment 1 to 2 mm's is enough to remove the "angry" look from that section of the brow.  The outer segment is the "beauty" portion of the brow and should be approximately 1 fingers width above the orbital rim to create an aloud shaped, feminine eye. While an endoscopic procedure may loose it's results from the fixation method giving way, the Coronal Brow Lift should last 10, 15 years or more.  Either procedure can be repeated however a previously performed endoscopic Brow Lift can't be converted to the more reliable Coronal Brow Lift due to the placement of the incisions used in the endoscopic technique.  The lateral brow lift has even greater chances of loosing it's elevated effects, on the eyebrows, based upon the limited tissue dissection and inability to free up the periosteum over the superior orbital rim as in a Coronal Brow Lift.The Recovery for the lateral brow lift will be quicker but in my opinion, the procedure has very limited application. Hope this helps.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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