Tips and Traps

Anyone who tells you that an endoscopic brow lift lasts 20 years is spreading a common myth and should not be believed. This procedure has only been around since 1995, so there is no way anyone can predict that it will last 20 years. So far, we know that it lasts at least five years in many people, but others have had to have another lift because their first one did not last as long. By the year 2015, we will know more. Our guess is that we will find that it lasts 5 years in 80% of people, 10 years in 60%, 15 years in 40%, and 20 years in 20%. This is just a guess, but will probably be close to the truth.

Here are some basic tips and traps to keep in mind as you research plastic surgeons and consider having a brow lift performed on you:

  • If you have mild to moderate brow droop and horizontal wrinkles, an endoscopic lift may be a good choice.
  • If you have advanced brow droop with deep wrinkles, a coronal forehead lift may be most appropriate.
  • If you have a high forehead, the solution is not simple. To avoid raising your hairline further, you may want a subcutaneous lift, but this will give you visible scars. You need to decide which is worse. Wearing your hair forward will conceal either problem.
  • Do not expect a forehead lift to improve your baggy eyelids or crow’s feet.
  • Quit taking aspirin and ibuprofen for two weeks prior to surgery. Discuss all of your non-prescription medications with your doctor.
  • Sleep in a recliner or with your head elevated on pillows for the first several days after surgery to minimize swelling. Frequent application of ice is also important.