Browlift – Dr. Douglas Mackenzie in Santa Barbara
The endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive surgery that reduces the appearance of lines in the forehead and gives the orbit (the eye socket) a more open, awake appearance. The brow is typically elevated to a natural degree, and the “deer in the headlights” look of an old fashioned open browlift is avoided. Dr. Mackenzie also performs other types of browlifts, including open lifts and trans-blepharoplasty browlifts (through the upper eyelid during a blepharoplasty), depending on the pattern of aging of the brow.
During the endobrow lift procedure, Dr. MacKenzie inserts a small camera, or endoscope, through small incisions he has made behind the hairline. He then lifts the skin and soft tissues of the brow away from the underlying bone and tightens the underlying tissue. Usually, an internal Coapt Endotine device is used on each side to secure the tissues in the elevated position until they are healed. This device ultimately dissolves and dissapears.
The consultation for browlift assesses the forehead, eyebrow, and upper eyelid from the standpoints of sagging, wrinkles, excess skin, and dynamic function. It is common for someone needing a browlift to also need an upper lid blepharoplasty, but many times the browlift will open up the eye area without the need for a blepharoplasty. In fact, often people think they need an upper blepharoplasty, but their problem is mainly the brow. In these cases it is a mistake to ignore the brow, and doing a blepharoplasty only may actually worsen the situation. A combined procedure or a browlift alone may get the results the patient is looking for.
If you are interested in discussing brow lift procedures, contact the office of Dr. Mackenzie today to schedule a brow lift consultation.