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Endoscopic Plastic Surgery

Endoscopic surgery has been used for decades in a number of different procedures, including gallbladder removal, tubal ligation, and knee surgery. However, in the world of plastic surgery, endoscopic instruments have only recently been introduced. Plastic surgeons believe the technique holds great promise, but further study is needed to establish its effectiveness, especially over the long-term. As important research continues, endoscopy is being used on a limited basis for both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.

    Endoscopy is a surgical technique that involves the use of an endoscope, a special viewing instrument that allows the surgeon to see images of the body’s internal structures through very small incisions. An endoscope consists of two basic parts: a tubular probe fitted with a tiny camera and bright light, which is inserted through a small incision; and a viewing screen, which magnifies the transmitted images of the body’s internal structures. It’s important to understand that the endoscope functions as a viewing device only. To perform the surgery, a specialized surgical instrument — such as eletrocautery, scissors, or forceps — must be inserted and manipulated within the tissue.
    All surgery carries risks, and every incision leaves a scar. However, with endoscopic surgery, your scars are likely to be hidden, much smaller, and some of the after effects of surgery may be minimized. In a typical endoscopic procedure, only a few small incisions, each less than one inch long, are needed to insert the endoscope probe and other instruments. For some procedures, such as breast augmentation, only one incision may be necessary. For others, such as a forehead lift, three or more short incisions may be needed. The tiny “eye” of the endoscope’s camera allows the surgeon to view the surgical site almost as clearly as if the skin were opened from a long incision.
    Two of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed with the endoscope is browlifting and breast augmentation. During a breast augmentation, typically a small incision is placed in the armpit and the entire surgery, including implant placement, is performed from this incision. The result is an augmented breast with no scar on the breast. In a browlift, several small incisions are made at the hairline as opposed to the traditional “open” coronal incision placed from ear to ear. The entire dissection is carried out through these incisions and the eyebrows are able to be elevated and fixated through these same incisions.
    Because endoscopy is a relatively new technique in plastic surgery, it’s extremely important that you select a board-certified plastic surgeon who has adequate training and experience. The surgeons at Twin City Plastic Surgery received special training throughout their residency and have been performing these techniques for almost nine years. Be sure to ask during your initial consultation if he/she has been trained in the latest techniques in endoscopic surgery. Furthermore, be sure to find out if the surgeon’s hospital privileges cover both the endoscopic and the open version of the procedure you plan to have since the surgeon may have to switch to a traditional open procedure if a complication occurs during surgery. There are some risks, which vary in severity depending on which cosmetic procedure is being performed. Currently, most literature cites less than a five percent complication rate, making endoscopy an integral and valid option in the vast field of plastic surgery.

    The board-certified plastic surgeons at Twin City Plastic Surgery bring you the latest procedures and newest technologies, along with the attentive care and comfort you deserve. For more information on any procedure, you may contact Dr. Laura Randolph — 309-664-6222, Dr. Chad Tattini — 309-664-1007, or Dr. Paige Holt — 309-664-4444 at Twin City Plastic Surgery or twincityplasticsurgery.com. Their office is located at 2502 E. Empire in Bloomington.


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