Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Technically known as blepharoplasty, our Austin eyelid surgery is a procedure to improve the appearance of the eyes and restore a more open, youthful facial look. It can be performed on the upper or the lower eyelids, or both. Eyelid surgery may also be performed for functional reasons, to correct drooping eyelids that obstruct vision.

What is the average cost for eyelid surgery?

The cost of your blepharoplasty, (eyelid surgery), can vary depending on the extent of the work needed and if both the lower and upper eyelids are treated. As an average, you can expect your eyelid surgery to cost between $4,000 to $7,000. During your consultation with Dr. Leeman at the Mueller Surgery Center, you will receive an accurate price for your tailor-made procedure.

Eyelid Surgery

Am I an Eligible Candidate For Eyelid Surgery?

Healthy men and women who have strong facial tissue and realistic goals for improvement of the upper and/or lower eyelids and the surrounding area make ideal candidates for blepharoplasty.

Patients who don’t smoke, or who are willing to stop throughout the healing process, will experience the best results. You must tell Dr. Leeman if you have any of these medical conditions:

  • Eye diseases such as glaucoma, dry eye, or a detached retina
  • Thyroid disorders such as Graves’ disease, or under or overactive thyroid
  • Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders, or diabetes

What Can I Expect With Eyelid Surgery?

During your Austin blepharoplasty procedure, the eyelids are corrected through small incisions placed within the natural crease of the eyelid (upper eyelid) or just below the lower lash line (lower eyelid). For the upper eyelid, Dr. Leeman employs this procedure to correct loose or excess skin that obscures the natural fold of the eyes and reduce puffiness that can make the eyes look tired. For the lower eyelids, Dr. Leeman works to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, raise the droopiness that sometimes occurs with age, and improve the appearance of bags and dark circles.

How Soon After Eyelid Surgery Can I Return to Work?

Most evidence of your surgery will subside in about two weeks. It is recommended to refrain from work during the two week healing process. Initial healing may include some swelling, bruising, irritation, or dry eyes and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses, and ointment. Irritation at the incision sites also is possible. A special note: You must practice diligent sun protection and use darkly tinted sunglasses until the healing process is fully complete.

What is Recovery Like After Surgery?

After your eyelid surgery, you will need to be diligent about avoiding sunlight exposure during the first couple of weeks. You may have some bruising and swelling which will subside gradually. Most people can return to work and their usual routines (other than vigorous exercise) within a week to ten days.

Will there be scars?

Eyelid surgery is a procedure that requires tiny incisions, placed in the natural fold of the eyelid, invisible to others.

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Why Choose Dr. Leeman?

When you choose Daniel J. Leeman, MD, you get a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who is also a head and neck surgeon to perform your blepharoplasty in Austin, TX.

Dr. Leeman has a state-of-the-art, private surgical facility, the Mueller Surgery Center, that is known for providing cutting-edge treatments and compassionate care.

Our clinic has an onsite lab for your convenience and faster treatment.

Platelet Rich Plasma FAQ's

Facelift FAQ's

Is a facelift performed under general anesthesia?

It is not necessary to undergo general anesthesia during your surgery. Dr. Leeman has performed many facelift surgeries under local anesthesia with sedation. If you would prefer to have general anesthesia, this remains an option.

What are the benefits of a facelift?

Dr. Leeman is able to minimize visible signs of aging by smoothing loose skin on the face and tightening the underlying tissue and muscles. In addition to an enhanced physical appearance, most patients experienced heightened self-image and self-esteem following a facelift.

Are there significant risks associated with facelift surgery?

As with any surgery, there is some amount of risk involved in facelift surgery. Complications and risks specific to facelift surgery include nerve injury, bruising and swelling, infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, and problems with the healing of the skin. Smokers have a higher risk of complications in the healing process, so must quit at least several weeks before the procedure.

Can I expect long-lasting results from a facelift?

While results will vary from person to person, most people can expect to enjoy tightened skin with fewer wrinkles for approximately ten years or longer.

How long does a facelift procedure take?

Facelift surgery generally takes three to four hours. Depending on needs and desires of patients, this timeframe can vary.

Is Dr. Leeman board-certified?

Yes, Dr. Leeman is actually double board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

Is a facelift performed under general anesthesia?

It is not necessary to undergo general anesthesia during your surgery. Dr. Leeman has performed many facelift surgeries under local anesthesia with sedation. If you would prefer to have general anesthesia, this remains an option.

What are the benefits of a facelift?

Dr. Leeman is able to minimize visible signs of aging by smoothing loose skin on the face and tightening the underlying tissue and muscles. In addition to an enhanced physical appearance, most patients experienced heightened self-image and self-esteem following a facelift.

Are there significant risks associated with facelift surgery?

As with any surgery, there is some amount of risk involved in facelift surgery. Complications and risks specific to facelift surgery include nerve injury, bruising and swelling, infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, and problems with the healing of the skin. Smokers have a higher risk of complications in the healing process, so must quit at least several weeks before the procedure.

Can I expect long-lasting results from a facelift?

While results will vary from person to person, most people can expect to enjoy tightened skin with fewer wrinkles for approximately ten years or longer.

How long does a facelift procedure take?

Facelift surgery generally takes three to four hours. Depending on needs and desires of patients, this timeframe can vary.

Is Dr. Leeman board-certified?

Yes, Dr. Leeman is actually double board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

How do platelet rich plasma treatments work?

When Dr. Leeman and his team introduce the platelet rich plasma to the skin, your own concentration of cells will work with your body to naturally promote a “structure and signals” process for new tissue and collagen growth. Platelet rich plasma can either be injected directly into the face or used to enhance the results of other treatments including fractional laser resurfacing therapy, facial fat grafting, Brazilian butt lifts, or natural breast augmentation.

How does platelet rich plasma benefit the skin?

The internal essence of the blood inside you contains life-giving, fundamental protein growth factors that are designed to restore and strengthen your body. Dr. Leeman uses platelet rich plasma treatments to harness a high concentration of your own biological nutrient-rich cells and unleashes them to naturally promote skin health. These nutrient-rich cells stimulate the regeneration of the underlying structural integrity of your skin.

When will I see the results?

After PRP treatment, patients often notice fine lines and wrinkles have softened and deeper wrinkled areas, such as nasolabial folds, look plumper and smoother. The main goal of the treatment is to stimulate fibroblasts and develop long-term collagen formations in the dermis. Your results will be gradual and vary from person to person based on health, age, and genetic make-up. Most patients enjoy quantifiable improvements in skin complexion, texture and tone within three weeks. Subtle improvements can progressively continue for up to 2 years.

What areas of the body can be treated?

Platelet rich plasma treatments are derived from your own biological make-up and do not contain synthetic products. Therefore, virtually any area of the body can be treated, including your face, neck, chest, hands, scars, and more.

How should I take care of my skin after my platelet rich plasma treatment?

In order to enjoy a maximum response to your treatment, it is important to eat right, drink plenty of water and incorporate the facial care recommended by Dr. Leeman.

Neck Lift FAQs

How long do neck lift results last?

In most cases, neck lift results will last approximately 10 years. Of course, the natural aging process continues after surgery. Care and condition of the skin are contributing factors to the longevity of neck lift results. If you wish to learn more, contact us today and schedule a consultation for arguably the best neck lift Austin has to offer.

Are there any risks?

Like all surgeries, there is always a slight degree of risk. However, when your neck lift is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon in an advanced, sterile, and accredited facility, the risks are significantly reduced. Neck lifts are considered one of the safest surgical procedures, and complications are rare. During your initial consultation, Dr. Leeman will discuss the possible complications, as well as what can be done to avoid them.

Will there be any scars?

Our Austin neck lift procedure, like any other cosmetic surgery, does require small incisions that will leave minor scarring. However, these scars are hidden and fade over time. Once you’re past the initial few weeks, your scars should be almost unnoticeable.

Brow Lift FAQ's

What are the benefits of a brow lift?

Our Austin forehead lift is designed to combat the signs of aging by reducing frown or worry lines for a smooth, more youthful appearance. Brow lifts can also be used to raise naturally low or heavy brows. Most brow lifts result in increased confidence and heightened self-image and self-esteem.

Are the results of a brow lift long-lasting?

While the aging process will continue after brow lift surgery, patients will continue to appear younger than their actual age. Some patients will opt to have a second surgery, but this will not be necessary until 10 to 15 years from the initial brow lift.

What are the risks and side effects of a brow lift?

Complications with brow lift surgery are extremely rare, and most can be corrected with surgery. Possible complications and risks include nerve damage that can lead to uncontrollable muscle functions, scarring, hair loss, and loss of feeling in the forehead. As with any surgery, infection is a risk. Smokers have a higher risk of complications during the skin healing process.

How long does a brow lift procedure take?

The brow lift procedure generally lasts one to two hours. Depending on needs and desires of patients, the timeframe can vary.

What type of anesthesia is used in a brow lift?

Depending on your preference, either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation may be used. Dr. Leeman has performed many brow lift surgeries under local anesthesia with sedation.

Is there scarring, swelling or pain after a brow lift?

Temporary discomfort and swelling after a brow lift are normal. This should subside after a few days. Dr. Leeman strategically places incisions along the hairline or in natural facial folds so that scars are not visible once you are fully healed. If you wish to learn more, contact us today and schedule a consultation for arguably the best brow lift Austin has to offer.

Ear Surgery FAQ's

What conditions can be addressed with ear surgery?

Dr. Leeman is able to effectively pin back or reshape the outer ear. Advanced techniques are also available to treat more severe ear problems. In rare cases when a baby is born with no outer ear at all, a natural looking ear can be constructed. Dr. Leeman can also employ reconstructive procedures to repair ears damaged by traumatic injury or complications resulting from ear piercing.

Will ear surgery affect my hearing?

No, a change in shape of the ear will not affect hearing. Although the ears fold and convolutions do serve to concentrate and localize sound waves, routine ear surgery to pin back or reshape the ears will not produce a noticeable change in hearing.

How old must a patient be to undergo otoplasty?

Surgery to pin back protruding ears may be done as early as age five or six. By this time, the ear has achieved much of its adult size and is almost completely formed. The cartilage, however, is still soft and easily molded, making it possible to achieve excellent results and fast healing for children.

Is Dr. Leeman board-certified?

Yes, Dr. Leeman is actually double board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

What are the risks involved with ear surgery?

As with any procedure, complications and risks include bruising and swelling, infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, and problems with the healing of the skin. Smokers have a higher risk of complications during the skin healing process. If you wish to learn more, contact our office today and schedule a consultation to receive some of the best results in ear surgery Austin has to offer.

Eyelid Surgery FAQs

What are the benefits of eyelid surgery?

The eyes are the first thing you notice on a person, and as we age, the skin above the eyes can begin to droop and the skin beneath the eyes can form into bags, causing a person to look tired, old, or sad. A Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a procedure that can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, to improve the appearance and give you a rejuvenated facial look, leaving you appearing far more rested, youthful, and alert.

When will I see results from my eyelid surgery?

The results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and surrounding region, and an alert and rejuvenated appearance. Your final results will appear within several weeks, but it may take up to a year for incision lines to fully refine. While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions for years and years, you will continue to age naturally. Ensuring you apply sun protection will help you maintain your results.

What are the risks of eyelid surgery?

As with any surgery, infection is a risk with eyelid surgery. Nerve damage, adverse reactions to anesthesia, and problems with the healing of the skin are also risks involved with eyelid surgery. Smokers have a higher risk of complications during the skin healing process.

How long does eyelid surgery take and what form of anesthesia is used?

Eyelid surgeries generally take approximately one hour. Depending on needs and desires of patients, this timeframe can vary. Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation, local, or general anesthesia. Dr. Leeman has performed many eyelid surgeries under local anesthesia with sedation.

Is Dr. Leeman board-certified?

Yes, Dr. Leeman is actually double board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. If you wish to learn more, contact Dr. Leeman today and schedule a consultation for arguably the best eyelid surgery Austin has to offer.

Facial Fat Grafting FAQ's

What are the benefits of facial fat grafting?

This innovative procedure harvests fat from your own body. The fat is then used as a filler to restore lost volume in the cheeks, under the eyes and anywhere time and gravity have taken their toll. Results are long lasting, smooth and natural-looking.

What is body jet water-assisted liposuction?

Body jet water-assisted liposuction is a totally new liposuction technique and the first of its kind in the US. Using the flow of water to dislodge fat, this technique is unlike any other and provides many advantages. Using a gentle, pulsating spray of fluid, water-jet assisted liposuction dislodges fat without the force of traditional liposuction procedures. Fat is loosened from connective tissues and simultaneously extracted. This gentle method results in minimal bruising and tissue trauma, while still achieving excellent results. The fat is harvested safely and is in optimal condition for transfer to other areas of the body.

How long do the fat injections last?

If the donor fat is properly harvested and processed, a large percentage of fat cells will survive the crucial period until they begin to flourish in the new location. Once the cells are settled and have a blood supply, they remain for your lifetime. Of course, your face will naturally continue to age as time passes.

What are the risks involved with facial fat grafting?

As with any procedure, complications and risks include bruising and swelling, infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, and problems with the healing of the skin. Smokers have a higher risk of complications during the skin healing process.

Is Dr. Leeman board-certified?

Yes, Dr. Leeman is actually double board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

Lip Enhancement FAQs

Is the lip enhancement procedure painful?

For most patients, any discomfort typically resolves after 24 to 48 hours, although your lips will be sensitive to light or medium pressure for about two weeks.

Is there much bruising involved with lip enhancement?

Like all surgeries, there is always a slight degree of risk. However, when your neck lift is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon in an advanced, sterile, and accredited facility, the risks are significantly reduced. Neck lifts are considered one of the safest surgical procedures, and complications are rare. During your initial consultation, Dr. Leeman will discuss the possible complications, as well as what can be done to avoid them.

When will I be able to see the results of my lip enhancement?

Your lips will appear larger and swollen in the first few days post-operatively. As the swelling subsides the optimal look will become visible.

I have heard that the risk of infection is quite high in lip implants, is this true?

Infection is a risk with any surgical procedure. Although one might expect the risk of infection to be high in the mouth area, the observed infection rate with PermaLip is extremely low, with an expected rate of infection to be below 1%. You will be prescribed both antibiotics and anti-cold sore medicine to minimize the risk of infection.

How are lip implants comparable to injectables?

The implants used during our Austin lip enhancement procedure do not wear off like temporary injectables. Temporary injectables are associated with repeat treatments every few months, as the body breaks down and sheds the filler over time. Therefore, repetitive, painful, and costly injection procedures are required indefinitely to maintain full, plump lips.

Longer-lasting lip fillers are available. This type of filler does not need to be repeated as regularly but is far more difficult to remove if you are dissatisfied. If an undesirable appearance results, or if you wish to return your lips to their original size, this may be difficult to accomplish. PermaLip has the advantage of being long-lasting, yet easily reversible, for the best of both worlds.

Will my significant other be able to feel Permalip when we kiss?

The vast majority of our patients report that their partners cannot feel the implants while kissing. The extent to which you can feel the implant depends upon whether you had very thin lips before your procedure. If you had thin lips and then had a larger implant placed, it may be possible to feel the change – but it is a pleasant, natural soft sensation.

Can the PermaLip implant leak or rupture?

No. PermaLip is unique in that it is manufactured from a very soft, but solid, silicone.

Rhinoplasty FAQ,,s

What is the average cost of rhinoplasty in Austin, TX??

The cost of rhinoplasty can vary significantly based on the degree of correction you need, but you can expect to spend in the range of $6,000 to $10,000. Dr. Leeman will provide you with an accurate price for your customized rhinoplasty during your consultation.

How long is the procedure?

Rhinoplasty can take from an hour and a half to three hours, depending on how much correction you need, and the techniques used. Once Dr. Leeman has examined you and determined what your surgery will entail, he will provide you with a more specific estimate.

When can I blow my nose after surgery?

After receiving rhinoplasty, you must avoid blowing your nose for one week to avoid excess bleeding. In some cases, we recommend waiting longer, up to three weeks.

Will I have scars?

As rhinoplasty surgery involves an incision at the base of the strip of tissue between your nostrils (columella) or within the nose, the scars are virtually invisible. Initially, the incision will appear red but will fade to a thin white line hidden below the nose structure.

Will the procedure be painful?

If your rhinoplasty was minor, we will likely perform the surgery using only local anesthesia – in which case you may feel pressure, but no pain. If your rhinoplasty involves more extensive adjustments, we may recommend the use of general anesthesia. After the procedure is complete, you will likely experience mild discomfort and pain due to the swelling, but generally, the recovery is not difficult to experience.

How soon can I start exercising?

As an average, it can take about four weeks for patients to heal enough that they can resume light exercise. We have, however, seen patients heal faster and return to exercise or other vigorous activities more quickly.

How it works

Naturally, all of us have an allowance we invest yearly into cosmetic and wellness treatments to help us look incredible, feel great, and excel in our professional and social life. It may not be set in stone, but it’s there nevertheless: facials, fillers, Botox, etc. With the Rejuvenate VIP Program, you’ll commit a small portion of that fund to a fully customized program laid out just for you by our professional master aestheticians and Dr. Leeman, to help you make the most of your investment and take the fastest strides toward your goals.

Even better, your monthly VIP membership is not a fee, but a forward-looking payment to the procedures or products of your choice. And by committing to it, you’ve set yourself up for incredible benefits and discounts across our entire line of services.

The moment you join our VIP program, we’ll welcome you in for an in depth consultation and give you a personal plan laid out by our experts. All things considered, every step on it will be integrated into the most effective and economical way to reach all of your body goals.

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  • 10% savings on Aesthetic Treatments
  • 10% savings on Medical Grade Skincare
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