What is Endoscopy
An endoscopy involves examining the inside of a person’s body using an endoscope. An endoscope is a medical device consisting of a long, thin, flexible (or rigid) tube which has a light and a video camera. Images of the inside of the patient’s body can be seen on a screen. The whole endoscopy is recorded so that doctors can check it again. Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic medical procedure. It is used to examine the interior surfaces of an organ or tissue.
Endoscopic Face Lift
An endoscopic facelift is where an endoscope it introduced through the hairline and helps guide the surgeon to help reposition tissue. Generally speaking an endoscopic facelift is another term for an endoscopic browlift or an endoscopic midface lift. An endoscopic lift will have very limited effects on the neck and jowl region. A facelift is intended to lift the tissues of the face and neck in an effort to improve the jawline, neck and descended tissues of the face. An endoscopic lift can be performed independent of a facelift or in conjunction with a facelift.
A ‘regular facelift’ is a term often used for facelift using an incision that starts in the temple region, goes around the ear and ends behind the ear to address sagging tissues for the middle (cheeks) and lower part (jowls and neck) of the face. While this technique is still utilitzed widely by facial plastic surgeons, this type of incision does NOT address the brow and the midface (cheeks) well.
The newer endoscopic facelift on the otherhand uses 4-5 mm incisions in the scalp and temple region and uses an endoscope (small camera with light source attached) and performs all the necessary surgery. The biggest benefit is minimal or no scarring with minimal chance of any permanent numbness. Also, because it focuses on the specific parts of the face, the surgeon is able to better perform the surgery.
It is important to remember, however, that endoscopic facelift addresses only the upper 2/3 of the face and has limited role in the lower face and neck region.
Since the components of facial aging consist of volume loss, descent of facial soft tissues, and skin laxity/ excess, it does not make sense to perform a Facelift without an incision that allows for skin removal. An endoscopic approach is a minimal incision approach which works very well in the brow and mid-facial regions. It plays no role in repositioning of the jowls, addressing platysmal bands or SMAS elevation unless a surgeon wants to spend more time in the operating room than is necessary. A technique is only beneficial if it matches the needs of the procedure. Since the needs of a Facelift are soft tissue repositioning and skin removal, an endoscopic technique is an inappropriate tool to achieve this end.
Who are the candidates
Men and women who are physically healthy, realistic in their expectations and looking to improve the appearance of a drooping or sagging forehead, improve the appearance of sagging cheeks, deep nasal furrows or down – turned corners of the lips. The best candidates for this surgery are young patients (between 30- 45) with a relatively small amount of skin relaxation and a good cervical region.
The endoscopic facelift typically takes about three to four hour to perform . Endoscopic face lift begins by making small incisions on the hairline and in the mouth.
The eyebrow is elevated to a higher position, The glabellar area is treated with cable sutures. Midface soft tissue is repositioned and the cheek is lifted to a higher position.
Price: Endoscopic Face Lift costs start at $3500