Your surgeon will insert an endoscope (a tube with a camera on the end) through three or four small incisions that are hidden in the scalp to minimise scarring. This enables the tissue beneath the skin to be seen via a television screen. The fatty tissue is removed, the muscles loosened and a section of skin removed. The skin is pulled down and the brow is fixed into its new position to the bone of the forehead.
Recovery is quicker than open surgery, with mild swelling and bruising, although the scalp may be numb for a few weeks. Stitches will be removed after one to two weeks. It is advised to take a week to 10 days off work.
The operation is performed under a local or general anaesthetic on an outpatient basis or with an overnight stay.