As we age, everything seems to go south on the face and body. When it comes to the forehead and eyes, excess skin and sagging can make us look tired - even angry - even when we feel happy and well rested. There are a lot of different options out there today, and surgical and non-surgical options keep getting better and better. One of the newer options out there is called the Endotine Transbleph. It's basically, according to Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Dave Jansen, a 2 for 1 beauty breakthrough that combines a little that's new - and old - to give patients a subtle, natural looking lift that actually lasts.
The procedure can be done in your plastic surgeon's office under local anesthesia, and the patient is actually awake the entire time. You will even be asked to give feedback on the placement height of the forehead during the procedure! Dr. Jansen says unlike the old way of doing a brow lift or upper face lift, this procedure does not cut into the scalp area. He says only one incision is needed in the crease of each eyelid. The necessary amount of skin is cut away, and the surgeon uses that incision to place the small Endotine device in the forehead area. This little device has little prongs that stick up, which the skin rests on once it's placed in its new position. We had to ask though....Won't you be able to see or feel the prongs? Dr. Jansen says no...there is enough thickness to the skin usually to hide the device completely, which is eventually absorbed into the skin. In cases where the patient has very thin skin, Dr. Jansen says this may not be the best procedure. Dr. Jansen says because there's less trauma to the face and skin with the Endotine transbleph, there's usually less bruising, pain and dowtime compared to traditional lifts.
Now here's where the glue comes in.... To add more strength and longevity to the procedure, Dr. Jansen says he likes using BioGlue. He says Bioglue has been used safely for over 10 years to seal up heart valves, and he says this absorbable material is now a favorite among plastic surgeons to use during this procedure, as well as other procedures that involve lifting and tightening. He says the glue is not necessary to get good results from the Endotine procedure, but he says he believes it's like using suspenders and a belt, just giving that added strength and protection to make sure things stay in place for years to come.
You can expect some bruising and swelling after the procedure, but he says recovery time is much quicker than when doing more traditional types of lifts that involve the scalp area.
He says the results should last between 10-15 years, and the cost he says is usually a little less than a traditional lift, running between $4 and 6 thousand dollars. The exact cost will depend on your particular surgeon, and what he or she believes you need to get your desired results.
So what about safety? He says the Endotine device is absorbable and safe, as well as the glue. He says other Endontine devices have also been used safely for years in the jaw and cheek areas.
So who isn't this for? Dr. Jansen says if you have a lot of excess skin in the forehead area, a more traditional type of lift that involves cutting some of that skin may be necessary. Only your plastic surgeon can tell you whether this procedure is right for your skin, and whether this procedure will give you the type of results you are looking for.
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Dr. David Jansen
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
3900 Veterans Meml Blvd # 200