?What is an endoscopic-assisted facelift
What is an endoscopic-assisted facelift?
The use of wireless endoscopic technology enables surgeons to greatly improve the aesthetic results of a traditional facelift and shorten recovery time. It overcomes the limitations of conventional facelift techniques by enhancing visualization of areas farthest from the incisions using an endoscope.
This new method takes advantage of the surgical wireless endoscopic camera, which was recently developed. This camera transmits real-time images to a screen the surgeon can see during surgery, providing a superior visualization of the most remote areas of the surgical site..
What are the advantages of endoscopic-assisted facelift?
The main advantage of endoscopic-assisted facelift is that it allows the surgeon to make shorter incisions without compromising the extent of the dissection. That means surgeons can achieve superior results in a minimally invasive fashion. Traditional facelift techniques rely on direct visualization to modify or reposition the deep facial tissue, requiring surgeons to make longer incisions to get a better view of the area located farthest from the incision. By providing more of a panorama of the musculature and connective tissue, the endoscope eliminates the need for longer cuts, leading to a better cosmetic outcome in both the improvement of facial contour and the appearance of scars.
Using endoscopic visualization also allows the surgeon to perform SMAS (sub-muscular aponeurotic system) elevation and repositioning in the most controlled and precise manner. In addition, the ability to see a magnified view of the remote parts of the surgical site helps achieve complete homeostasis, thus minimizing the bruising and swelling after the procedure.
Advanced Facelift Before & After Photo
Who can benefit from endoscopic facelift?
Any patient seeking facial rejuvenation can benefit from this procedure. Women and men of a younger age group would appreciate the shorter recovery time and reduced bruising and swelling. Patients with more advanced facial aging can benefit from a minimally invasive facelift procedure that produces the rejuvenating effect of a traditional full facelift.
What type of anesthesia is required for an endoscopic facelift?
An endoscopic facelift can be performed under many different forms of anesthesia. Even though more traditional general endotracheal anesthesia may be used,or local anesthesia.
How long does the procedure take?
?Performing a typical endoscopic-assisted facelift usually takes about 2 to 3 hours. The length of the procedure mostly depends on the extent of facial rejuvenation and patients’ unique facial structures.
How is an endoscopic-assisted facelift performed?
The surgeon typically begins the procedure by making a small incision in a natural skin crease right under the chin. He removes the excess fat and tightens the underlying muscle (platysma) to enhance the contour of the neck. The wireless endoscopic camera is used to visualize important neck structures and assist with muscle tightening and cauterization of small blood vessels. After achieving the desired neck contour, surgeon makes inconspicuous facelift incisions and performs the SMAS tightening. Again, he uses the wireless endoscopic camera to provide superior visualization of the distal facial structures and blood vessels.
At the end — after the excess skin is trimmed and sutures are placed — he uses the endoscopic camera to perform additional inspection of the surgical site. This additional examination of the area of the face and neck tightening, after most sutures have been placed, helps ensure a complete hemostasis and confirm the correct placement of the SMAS-tightening sutures. This type of examination is unique for endoscopic-assisted facelifts and could not be done with any other conventional facelift techniques.
What areas can be improved with an endoscopic-assisted facelift?
Dr.Mohammadimofrad can target the same areas that are addressed using other facelift techniques.
Because patients have unique concerns, Dr,creates a customized surgical plan based on his examination of a patient’s facial features
skin texture and elasticity and distribution of excess fat and the degree of facial aging.
Concerns often addressed include:
- Visible muscle bands in the neck
- Neck skin laxity (often combined with a neck lift)
- Excessive fullness under the chin
- Noticeable jowls
- Sagging of facial tissue
Even though the minimally invasive nature of an endoscopic-assisted facelift can reduce the downtime needed for recovery, it’s important to follow all of Dr.Mohammadimofrad postoperative instructions to ensure you heal as quickly as possible.