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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.


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 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

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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.

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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.

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Eyelid Surgery FAQ's

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 consultation for arguably the best eyelid surgery Austin has to offer.

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