You may have heard of the popular trending term “fox eyes” and have heard a few things about the “fox eye lift” procedure. A brow lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure to reposition the eyebrows to a higher position. A brow lift can help to give a smoother, firmer, and more youthful look to the eyes, and to give the brows a highly desirable, elongated and elevated look—reminiscent of the eyes of a fox. If the natural aging process is beginning to cause a dropping of your eyebrows, or if low brows run in your family, a brow lift may be for you.
The minimally invasive endoscopic brow lift (also known as the subperiosteal brow lift) is performed in Vancouver by Board Certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Buonassisi, and involves a centimetres-long incision placed in the scalp, within the hair. This approach is considered minimal since the incision made is much smaller than with a traditional brow lift, and heals quicker and much more imperceptibly. With the incision well hidden within the hair, this procedure can be considered a “scarless” approach. A limited lift of the brows is usually the case with an endoscopic brow lift in comparison with the more extensive direct incision approach. However, patients who can’t tolerate scars directly along the forehead will prefer the much less invasive endoscopic approach.
A popular method today of achieving the “fox eye lift” in Vancouver is with the use of PDO threads. This procedure involves the insertion of FDA-approved dissolvable barbed threads under the skin of the temples, serving to pull the skin in the area up towards the hairline, stretching the corners of the brows and eyes with a dramatic subcutaneous elevation. This technique is appealing to those looking for a quick, non surgical “lunchtime” treatment with no downtime and instant results. With the high availability of threads and thread lift training for treatment providers of virtually any level of skill, the fox eye thread lift can be found anywhere from a local dermatologist’s office to a naturopath’s office. The threads dissolve and are absorbed by the body after approximately one year. However, they lose their tensile strength over time with best results lasting no longer than a few months. While with a temporary outcome that allows fox eye lift patients to rinse and repeat with a new look as they please, the treatment can average a price tag in the low thousands.
For patients looking for a longer-lasting, natural-looking and more global result, the endoscopic brow lift when performed by a specialist of the face may be a more appropriate solution. This surgery provides a more holistic lift of a much larger area, rejuvenating the eyes, brow pad, forehead, and even lifting some of the upper cheek. This is made possible with the surgical elevation of the multiple structures under the skin (as opposed to simply a skin lift), creating a more natural-looking rejuvenated result that will slow the signs of aging in the upper face for years to come. Though a surgical procedure, the endoscopic brow lift is considered a minimally invasive and scarless approach to the surgical brow lift and yields minimal downtime with a quick recovery. When done by an experienced facial specialist who has a refined knowledge of both the aesthetics and the deeper structures of the anatomy of the face, an endoscopic brow lift that is carefully customized to the individual patient can provide a beautiful, lifted result that looks right for their face.
At 8 West Clinic, you will find a team of award-winning specialists that you can trust your face and skin to. Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Buonassisi, our advanced RN injectors, and our medical aestheticians endeavour to provide patients with a complete 4-dimensional assessment of your facial structure and a 360º scope of solutions individualized to your anatomy, your objectives, and your tolerances. With our well-rounded offerings, endoscopic brow lift patients can choose to further enhance their results with complementing services such as a lower eyelid lift (eye bag rejuvenation); a Botox brow lift, crow’s feet, forehead line, or frown line treatment; a lip filler or cheek sculpting treatment; or a medical grade skin consultation to learn how to protect their skin (and ultimately, their brow lift results).
Dr. Buonassisi makes a small incision approximately 2 cm long in the scalp, behind the hairline. He uses an endoscope (a surgical camera) and special tools to access the brow structures beneath the skin, allowing him to mobilize the various structural layers in the forehead to create a deeper lift across a larger area that isn’t just a skin lift. This makes the most natural-looking, blended result. The mobilized layers are strategically repositioned to create the ideal elevation of the brow, and are then secured with sutures higher up in the scalp with no trimming of skin required. The incision is closed with very fine stitches.
Endoscopic brow lift surgery in Vancouver is most commonly performed on patients who are bothered by mild to moderate drooping, low, or flat eyebrows resulting from the natural aging process or as a result of genetically inheriting the trait from their parents. They may appear to have a slightly more tired or unhappy expression when their face remains at rest. This surgery is ideal for patients who do not require an extensive lift of their brows, or choose to trade off the amount of lift that can be achieved for the scarless approach.
Most patients describe the recovery period to be quite easy and is associated with mild discomfort that is easily treated with pain medication for a couple of days after surgery. There is typically minimal discomfort, aside from some slight itching where the sutures are placed as they heal over the first few days after surgery. Most people who work in the public eye take one to two weeks off work. People who work from home are typically feeling good and are able to be back at their desks three days after surgery.
Brow lift surgery is often combined with other facial rejuvenation surgeries. Many patients opt to have their eyelids or other facial features treated at the same time in order to save having to take time off work and recover from more than one surgery. Brow lift surgery is often performed with upper eyelid blepharoplasty, lower eyelid surgery, or facelift surgery.
Trust your face to our team of facial surgery experts when considering a “fox eye” endoscopic brow lift surgery in Vancouver. We suggest you begin the process by taking advantage of our complimentary pre-consultation service—let us review your photos and provide some preliminary recommendations and cost information to assess if an endoscopic brow lift is right for you.
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