From the Desk of Dr. Dean Toriumi: Endoscopic Brow Lift – A Primer A brow lift is a procedure that alleviates creases and wrinkles on the bridge of the nose and the forehead, commonly known as “frown lines.” A brow lift actually lifts the skin, which minimizes creases and improves the appearance of sagging eyebrows. The surgeon then smoothes and shapes the skin to create a natural, refreshed appearance. A brow lift is often performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty, cosmetic surgery of the eyelids. An endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive technique that involves several small incisions behind the hairline. Complications such as bleeding, scarring, and infection are unusual. However, swelling and bruising of the brow area – and sometimes the eye and cheek area – are normal for 7 to 10 days following the procedure. Some patients may experience minor numbness and itching in the area around the incisions. Most patients are able to resume normal activities in about two weeks. Dr. Dean Toriumi specializes in facial plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery. He is past President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is currently co-director of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at University of Illinois at Chicago. A respected researcher, author, and teacher, he is also in private practice in Chicago. Visit his website at www.deantoriumi.com.
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