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Although the traditional facelift is usually the best choice for most patients, an endoscopic facelift can be beneficial for certain select individuals who do not have a significant amount of excess skin. An endoscopic facelift can focus on problems in a specific area of the face, making smaller, more concentrated adjustments. Patients who undergo endoscopic facelifts typically require less recovery time, experience fewer side effects and have lower risk of complications.
Endoscopic facelifts make use of the latest technology, using small incisions (often less than one inch in length) that are easily hidden. The surgeon performing the endoscopic facelift inserts the endoscope probe-a small camera-and tiny instruments through these incisions. While performing the endoscopic facelift, the surgeon and others in the operating room are able to monitor the progress of the procedure using the internally placed camera.
The typical endoscopic facelift will require three or more short incisions which are concealed in the hairline and/or behind the ears. Because the incisions used in an endoscopic facelift are significantly smaller than those used in a traditional facelift, the risk of sensory loss from nerve damage is decreased. Endoscopic facelift patients also have significantly reduced bleeding, bruising and swelling; tend to recover more quickly and are often able to return to work and other activities within a week of the procedure.
Endoscopic facelifts have an additional benefit: they can generally be performed on an outpatient basis, under local anesthesia. Patients who choose endoscopic facelifts often save a great deal of money compared to the cost of a traditional facelift, since an endoscopic facelift does not require an overnight stay in a hospital or the use of general anesthesia.
Almost any problem that can be treated with a traditional facelift can also be addressed through endoscopic facelifts. A surgeon can tighten loose muscles of the neck, smooth and tighten the tissues of the mid-face, repositions the cheeks, etc.
To discuss the endoscopic facelift and determine if you would be a suitable candidate for this procedure, contact a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area who performs endoscopic facelifts routinely by choosing a state below.