Typically, the Endoscopic method of Face Lifting is suitable for patients from their thirties through to their forties and occasionally fifties, who are happy with the appearance of the lower half of their face, but feel that the upper half of their face could use some improvement.
The procedure utilizes an endoscope, a fiber optic tube with a lens or camera and a light at the end, allowing the surgeon to observe what he is doing while making less and smaller incisions.
These smaller incisions not only reduce scarring and the risk of infection, but also ensure a much faster recovery time. The Endoscopic Facelift procedure is only really suitable for patients with a minimal amount of loose skin; and where the skin requiring lifting is more extensive, the surgeon will probably need to revert to classical facelift techniques.
The most suitable candidates for Endoscopic Facelift surgery are still fairly young, in their thirties up to, at the latest, their fifties.
You should presently still have a good quality of skin, with a reasonable degree of elasticity remaining.
The results are not as drastic as those from a full facelift, but nonetheless the endoscopic facelift can be an excellent treatment for the early signs of aging.
As endoscopic facelifts only address issues with the top two thirds of your face, and cannot be expected to deal with any aesthetic problems with the neck, chin or jowls, so the prospective patient should be aware of this. You should also not have too much excess skin.
If you are considering losing weight, it will be advisable for you to do so first, before undertaking facelift surgery, as the loss of weight will actually create loose skin.
The advantage of an endoscopic facelift over traditional techniques stem from the smaller incisions allowed by endoscopic technology.
Because the incisions are much smaller, this allows the surgeon to minimize scarring, and also has the very important benefit of reducing both healing time and the chance of infection.
Excessive bleeding is less often a problem, and also nerve damage is less likely due to the smaller incisions required for this operation.
For the patient, this kind of face lift typically has a significantly reduced recovery period, as well as a significantly lower chance of post-operative complications.
One final benefit is often that the cost for the patient is more affordable. Endoscopic facelift surgery is very often an out-patient procedure, and do not always require general anesthesia.
Because a stay in a clinic, and anesthetist fees are both normally quite expensive, endoscopic surgery can often turn out to be cheaper than a traditional facelift.
Generally three to five small incisions are made to the patients face. These incisions will usually be around one inch in size, as the endoscopic technique makes much smaller incisions possible.
The incisions should be fairly well concealed, above the hairline, from under the eyelids, above or behind the ears, and from inside the mouth.
The endoscope will be inserted into one incision, and the operating probe into another. The surgeon is able to watch himself on a screen, and is able to modify and manipulate the muscles and underlying facial structure beneath the skin.
Fat may be removed or reduced, and tissues may be repositioned.
Excess loose skin would not be trimmed away, as it often is during a traditional facelift, so if your skin has become especially saggy, you may do better to consider another alternative.
The main areas that your surgeon will be addressing will be tightening the skin of the forehead, to reduce wrinkles, and reducing the lines between the eyebrows by modifying the muscles that create those frown lines.
No surgical procedure is without the risk of complications, and endoscopic facelift surgery is no different. Although endoscopic facelift surgery is sometimes promoted as a somehow less-invasive procedure, this is not strictly accurate. It is still an invasive surgery, involving making incisions to the face, through which the surgeon operates!
Don’t be taken in by marketing terminologies, and be aware that any procedure such as this does involve risks, such as infections, damage to nerves, bleeding and complications due to anesthesia. It is, however, true that the smaller incisions do dramatically lower the probability of infection, though it remains a possibility.
Ensuring that your surgeon is skilled and experienced, not just in facelift surgery, but also in using endoscopic techniques, will greatly reduce the risks for you as a patient.
Also, it cannot be overstated the importance of following your surgeon’s advice and instruction, both prior to surgery and during the recovery period after your face lift. Giving up smoking a couple of weeks prior to surgery will be one piece of advice you should be given, as this maximizes your body’s ability to heal.
Recovery is relatively fast after a face lift using the endoscopic technique. That said, do not expect it to be as fast as many cosmetic surgery websites will tell you.
You will experience some pain, naturally enough, especially during the first week after surgery, which you will be able to manage using pain-killers, and often a little numbness around the incision sites is reported, which generally subsides as the scars heal.
Cold compresses will likely be recommended to lessen the inevitable swelling. Stitches will be removed after about one week. You should be able to expect to be back at work within two to three weeks after surgery, and although you will still have some swelling and bruising, this will easily enough be camouflaged using a bit of make-up.
The average price for Endoscopic facelift surgery can be quite a lot cheaper than the cost for a traditional facelift.
What makes the price more affordable is the fact that the operation is often performed as an out-patient procedure, often with local, rather than general, anesthesia. On average, you can expect to pay around $8,000 to $10,000 in the UK.
The price will naturally depend on the expertise of your cosmetic surgeon, and also where you choose to get your surgery performed.
If you want to get a bargain on the price of Endoscopic Facelift Surgery, one option that many people go for is to travel aboard for their operation.
This can be very much more affordable, and prices can be as much as 70% cheaper in many countries, particularly in South America, Eastern Europe and Asia.