This technique brings new options to the table. An endoscope enables the surgeon to target different angles otherwise difficult to access with a conventional scalpel. Under conventional facelift surgery the surgeon is limited to the angle of “pull” by the angle and direction of the incisions. In effect, this means either horizontal or lateral accessing. The endoscope enables the surgeon to access from multi angles to target specific areas. In particular frown lines’ grooves between the eyebrows (glabella) as well as lines around the nose and mouth. By using an endoscope the surgeon can now work directly under these tissues.
Sometimes the surgeon may suggest combining endoscopic with conventional facelift surgery. Much depends on age, as well as what you hope to achieve.
The endoscopic facelift can be used also for tunnelling whereby a small incision is made in the upper brow and the endoscope is used to burrow right down to the midface in order to lift it. The Endoscopic Facelift Procedure is particularly useful in tightening practically every muscle to the neck region. As many of you may know; the endoscope is fibre optic and incorporates a mini camera. As is the case with a conventional facelift a head support garment has to be worn for a period of time following the surgery. This is not in any way connected with bleeding or bruising but solely to keep everything in place. Sometimes the surgeon may suggest combining endoscopic with a conventional facelift surgery. Much depends on age, as well as what you hope to achieve. Generally, this procedure benefits more the younger patients.
As with all cosmetic surgery procedures:
After the intervention, a compressive dressing is applied in the form of an elasticated bandage or special flexible garment. This garment is essential for healing and prevents unevenness in the final result. The garment should be worn day and night for 7 days. Followed by night-time only for 4 to 6 weeks.
Duration of the procedure: 2 hours
- Its recommended one month prior to surgery to avoid the following: anything which acts to thin the blood these are known as salicylates which as well as in some painkiller tablets are also present in many fruits and some vegetables for example: Almonds, apples, apricots, berries (blackberries, boysenberries, gooseberries, raspberries, strawberries) cherries, cucumbers (pickles), currants, grapes.(any product made from grapes – wine, wine vinegar, jellies, raisins etc. including NECTARINES, & ORANGES). Also excluded are : PEACHES, PLUMS, PRUNES, TOMATOES and all tomato products. ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL WHATSOEVER. (Grapefruits, lemons and limes are permitted).
- The following should not be taken 2 weeks prior to and after surgery: Effamol G, Evening Primrose Oil, Wheatgerm with vitamin E, Salmon oil capsules, Cod liver oil capsules, Multi-vitamins with E. No homeopathic, Naturopathic preparations including: Ginseng, Imedeen, Redwine-Garlic Ginseng.No anti-inflammatory drugs eg. Medications for the treatment of swelling, bruising, pains etc including- Indocid, Surgam, Brufen, Voltarol, Froben, Cilnoril, Neurofen, Tandril and partivularly aspirin.
- It is assumed that no acute illnesses occurred in the period of at least three weeks before the planned operation (viral illness, cold, etc.). Report any and all illnesses to the clinic.
In the lead up to your operations (7 days prior) try to drink between two three litres of mineral water every day. Where possible (we understand its tough) but ideally cut out the cigarettes or cut down to 2-3 per day. On the day of the operation if you taken a cigarette the operation will be cancelled. Before you ask- they can tell if you have ‘lit up’ or not! Smoking has been known to cause necrosis on the skin tissue..very serious indeed!
Alcohol should be avoided 7 days prior. Make sure you wash your hair as it could be a few days after surgery before the surgeon approves it.