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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.

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.


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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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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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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OPEN FOR YOU: Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

We are open for you! Nothing is more important to us than your health and safety. With that in mind and in keeping with local and federal guidelines, we have resumed elective surgeries. We are taking all precautions and increased rigorous sanitation protocols to ensure we provide the safest environment possible for all patients and staff! We are filling up our summer surgery schedule fast, please call us or contact us today.

We are still offering virtual consultations for those who are still restricted or prefer to have their consultation from the comfort of their home. Please contact us with your questions or to set up your virtual consultation with Dr Leeman, today!

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