Brow ptosis, also known as sagging of the eyebrows, can occur for a number of reasons. In the cases of facial paralysis and Bell's Palsy the cause is a dysfunction of a particular facial nerve and there is often little choice of treatment but plastic surgery.
A standard (or 'open') brow lift is a significant and invasive surgical procedure, requiring stitches, bandaging and a few days to recover, as well as causing bruising and swelling. Luckily for patients today, there is a minimally invasive brow lift available, know as the endoscopic brow lift. The results of this procedure are the same as an open brow lift, but often with less scarring.
An endoscopic brow lift is carried out by a qualified plastic surgeon who has been trained in using endoscope equipment. After an incision above the temple has been made, the endoscope can be inserted. The endoscope tool is a very small camera on the end of a wire-like tube, with a magnifier. The image that the camera obtains is sent to a screen that the surgeon and their team can see, so that the surgery can be carried out below the skin with only a small incision needed. This type of procedure is most commonly known as 'minimally invasive surgery' but is also sometimes called 'keyhole surgery'. As a patient undergoing endoscopic brow lift, you can expect to be in theater for around one hour. A portion of the procedure time will be used to examine the area and plan exactly what is to be done. Once this assessment is complete, an incision is made below the eyebrow, muscles may be loosened or even removed (to reduce further sagging) and the tissues and skin are pulled upwards and held tightly before being stitched up.
Following endoscopic brow lift, there will be some swelling and bruising. Unfortunately this cannot be avoided, but these after-effects should only last from three to seven days. The benefits, on the other hand, are likely to last up to ten years and for someone with facial paralysis this can make a huge difference to their quality of life.
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