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A facelift generally elevates the skin and tightens the underlying tissues and muscles. Suppose you look in the mirror, and the face staring back at you is not what you remember (or wish for). In that case, you may have considered all the options available to regain your youthful appearance. Perhaps you have tried creams, facials, and beauty treatments without seeing desired results. And you are wondering what the next steps may be! Depending on your aesthetic desires, a facelift may help you realize your goals.
If you're looking for a cost-effective but effective endoscopic facelift, Istanbul Med Assist can find the best solution that meets your needs.
Is endoscopy in plastic surgery?
Endoscopic surgery, or endoscopy, is one of the newest plastic surgery techniques. It allows surgeons to operate with fewer visible incisions, reducing noticeable scars and can result in shorter recovery times. Plastic surgeons use endoscopy for many cosmetic procedures. These include facelifts, forehead lifts, and breast augmentation.
What is an endoscopic facelift?
Nobody will look the same forever. With the passing effects of gravity and sun exposure, facial skin begins to sag, forming deep wrinkles. The facelift has been one of the leading cosmetic procedures for turning back the hands of time. It gives men and women a younger, more lively facial look. Only tiny incisions are made in the hairline. Natural folds of your skin to lessen the appearance of any incision lines or scars.
It targets the upper and central parts of a person’s face. This procedure is especially effective in treating frown lines and facial folds like smile lines.
It is less invasive than a traditional facial surgery such as a SMAS. Smaller incisions and an endoscope (lighted camera) allow a plastic surgeon to visualize internal structures without requiring complete face lifting surgery. This technique shortens recovery time. Also, it lessens visible scarring. However, it also prevents excess skin and loose skin removal.
Benefits of endoscopic procedure
An endoscopic facelift may be the answer for candidates who want a minimally invasive solution to sagging brows and cheeks. This procedure allows patients to get tighter, younger-looking facial features. And all this without the extensive scars of a traditional facial lifting while still allowing the surgeon adequate visualization of the structure of the face.
Different from a traditional face lifting surgery
With an endoscopic facelift, you can get many of the same benefits as a traditional one. But the surgery is less invasive, meaning a shorter, easier recovery time afterward. Using an endoscope (a long, thin tube with a lighted camera in the end) allows cosmetic surgeons to view hard-to-reach areas accurately. Even below the skin without making significant, extended cuts. Only tiny cuts are made using the natural creases of your skin. This lessens the appearance of any incision lines or scars.
The ‘scarless’ surgery– endoscopic facelift.
This is because it requires smaller, less visible incisions than a traditional facial lifting surgery. Those concerned about long-term scarring will want to consider this method over other options. In some cases, scars will be visible. But doctors can make the incisions in more hidden spots so they remain better remote.
Cons of endoscopic facelift
Not ideal for lifting the neck or jowl
This type of face-lifting surgery is generally only recommended for patients who want a lift in the forehead, eyes, and cheeks. Because the neck and jowls are not affected during this procedure, it’s primarily recommended for those who are happy with the look of the bottom of their face but want to address loose, sagging skin in the top portion.
In general, the cost of an endoscopic midface lift is reasonably expensive. But the final price will depend on how much work is required and where you choose to have the procedure performed. This type of face lifting can run you anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000. This is actually on par with most other “mini facelift” options. But, it is significantly more affordable than a complete facelift (the Deep Plane).
Risk of injury
Although not exclusive to this type of face lifting, there are some risks associated with injury to the eye area. This is a primary concern with endoscopic forehead lifts or those primarily performed to tighten the area around the eyes and forehead. However, such complications are pretty rare.
Recovery after procedure
Recovery after an endoscopic facelift is often shorter than that of a traditional facial lifting surgery. Because the procedure is less invasive, your body will not need as much time to heal. Swelling and bruising will mostly resolve after about two weeks. However, most patients can return to work in just one week.
Who is a candidate for an endoscopic facelift?
This minimally invasive surgery tightens and reshapes your underlying facial muscles and tissue. It helps achieve a more youthful appearance.
The procedure targets the upper and the third middle region of the face and is best for improving issues such as:
- Frown lines between the eyes
- Marionette lines
- Nasolabial folds
- Sagging cheeks
This surgical procedure can be highly effective for men and women in their 30s, 40s, or 50s facing moderate signs of facial aging without large amounts of sagging skin.