Endoscopic facelift surgery consists of a combination of endoscopic mid-facelift and endoscopic forehead lift operations. Mostly preferred by young individuals, this operation treats mild deformities and loosening skin on the face. This operation is also known as Mid-Facelift or ‘scarless facelift’.
What are the steps in the endoscopic facelift?
An incision of 2-3 cm is made in the scalp in the temple area. Another incision is made on the inner or outer edge of the eyelid. Through these incisions, the midface, temple and forehead regions are reshaped using special surgical instruments and a thin camera.
No incision is made on the facial skin. The procedure is also performed without opening the lower eyelid. No skin is removed and there is no need for surgical dissection under the skin.
This surgery has no effect on the SMAS and skin layer. For this purpose, it is ideal for patients with young skin and subcutaneous tissues. It is useful in early stage deformities where muscle laxity and excess skin in the lower eyelid are not evident. It takes a shorter time than the classical face lift operation and does not cause significant pain. It is not preferred for those with advanced signs of aging.
In this procedure, the anatomical structures of the face are pulled towards the places where they should be, and this procedure does not leave any scar on the face. The connection of facial mimic muscles with the skin remains impaired, thus causing no loss of mimic. The eyebrows, under-eye areas and cheeks appear to be in harmony both sideways and upwards. The tissues on the face are opened and fixed with dissolvable sutures slightly to the sides and upwards. The hair is not cut and the scar is not visible from the outside as it remains in the hairs.
If there are excessive wrinkles and looseness in the facial skin, an incision can be made in front of the ear in addition to this method. But the main thing that carries and shapes the face is the sutures placed by means of the endoscopic method. No load is applied to the facial skin. On the contrary, the deep tissues carry the load. This procedure leaves no traces. It gives an oval shape to the face by avoiding a flat, strained expression.
Things to Consider after an Endoscopic Facelift Surgery
- A plaster is applied after an endoscopic mid-facelift surgery. Thus, oedema formation in the midface area is prevented. The plasters are removed 7 days after the operation.
- Slight slanting and some oedema may occur in the eyes. These are temporary and will disappear completely within a period of 2-3 weeks.
- During this period, the patient should avoid stress and stay away from strenuous activities. It may take about 3 months for the skin to settle on the face area.