The endoscopic technique in plastic surgery involves the use of an instrument called an endoscope equipped with a camera and viewing screen so that the plastic surgeon can see the body internally through the use of small incisions. Many plastic surgeries make use of the benefits of endoscopy, including the tummy tuck, breast augmentation, face and forehead lifts, and flap surgery, to name a few.
The basic parts of the endoscope are a tubular probe that holds the camera and a strong light, and a viewing screen. The camera and light are inserted, and a magnified version of the image is projected through the screen.
Among the benefits of the endoscopic technique in Tampa are the following:
- Small incisions
- Less invasive
- Increases surgical accuracy in complex procedures
- Minimizes hospital stays
- Minimizes scars
Indications for the Endoscopic Technique in Tampa
In most cases, Dr. Albear will recommend an endoscopy if he believes that the technique would bring better results. For example, endoscopy may be recommended for individuals receiving abdominoplasty who have diminished abdominal muscle tone, and may not be recommended for those who have a excess, loose abdominal skin.
Your Endoscopy Procedure with Dr. Albear
Depending on the type of surgery you are receiving, your endoscopy may be performed in a hospital or outpatient setting. Most individuals receive general anesthesia.
Using breast augmentation as an example, Dr. Albear will make a small incision in the underarm or navel, positioned so that the camera will take up the image of the site that will receive the implants. He then inserts the endoscope through the incision. Endoscopy can be especially helpful in forehead lifts, where only three or so small incisions are needed instead of the common ear-to-ear incision.
Endoscopy can be best understood as a technique designed to make surgical procedures easier and more effective for both the patient and the surgeon.
What to Expect After Endoscopy
Because of the multiple factors at play in endoscopy, and a corresponding variation in surgical approaches, aftercare differs for every individual. Dr. Albear will review with you detailed aftercare instructions specific to your procedure so that you know what to expect.
To learn more about the benefits, costs or possible side effects of the endoscopic technique in Tampa, contact Dr. Albear for a personal consultation. His office is located in Wesley Chapel, which is convenient for those seeking a plastic surgeon in the Tampa Bay area.