Kelly E. Tjelmeland, MD

★★★★☆
  • 4220 Bull Creek Road

    Austin, TX 78731

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  • 512-617-7500

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While I had hoped to submit a glowing review for a surgeon as personable as Dr. Tjelmeland, the result of my rhinoplasty leaves me little choice but to issue a sober warning for anyone considering Meridian Surgery.

I am a 45-year old male who sought Dr. Tjelmelands expertise in order to correct a deviated nose and to reduce a dorsal hump. His professional demeanor along with his experience performing hundreds of rhinoplasties left me feeling reassured. I submitted to surgery, and though my initial impression was not favorable I remained optimistic while I waited for the obligatory year to pass before issuing a verdict.

Regrettably, 12 months later my appearance had improved little. Despite surgery and post-operative filler injections the deviation was still significant. The dorsal hump, which had always provided a fitting if exaggerated convex profile, had transmogrified into a concave slope with supratip. Furthermore, my nose had been reshaped, shortened and rotated up, giving it a decidedly pig-like appearance. Needless to say I never approved these design decisions nor was I made aware of their consideration beforehand.

To make matters worse, during the first post-op appointment one week after surgery Dr. Tjelmeland quite forcefully yanked the surgical tape off in one swift move rather than peel it slowly and carefully, tearing with it skin/flesh and resulting in an indelible scar and pockmark as well as spots of discoloration, all of which still feature prominently 18 months later and show no further signs of improving.

To be fair, Dr. Tjelmeland did provide one post-op filler application at no charge in an attempt to improve symmetry, and he offered to stitch up the pockmark free of charge but by that time I had become too disillusioned and fearful of further damage. Instead, I contacted Dr. Rod Rohrich, a world renown revision rhinoplasty surgeon in Dallas whose extensive experience and formidable expertise have rightfully earned him savant status. Dr. Rohrich was able to correct much of the damage, and after a depressing 18-month stretch I am at last beginning to recognize myself again. (I shall link to a separate review of Dr. Rohrich in the near future.)

For those of you considering surgery, bear in mind that rhinoplasty is generally considered the most difficult cosmetic procedure, and you would do well to seek out the most experienced and skilled surgeon you can afford. In hindsight, my only regret is not having taken the time to fully appreciate the complexities of rhinoplasty prior to choosing Meridian Surgery.

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★☆☆☆☆

While I had hoped to submit a glowing review for a surgeon as personable as Dr. Tjelmeland, the result of my rhinoplasty leaves me little choice but to issue a sober warning for anyone considering Meridian Surgery.

I am a 45-year old male who sought Dr. Tjelmelands expertise in order to correct a deviated nose and to reduce a dorsal hump. His professional demeanor along with his experience performing hundreds of rhinoplasties left me feeling reassured. I submitted to surgery, and though my initial impression was not favorable I remained optimistic while I waited for the obligatory year to pass before issuing a verdict.

Regrettably, 12 months later my appearance had improved little. Despite surgery and post-operative filler injections the deviation was still significant. The dorsal hump, which had always provided a fitting if exaggerated convex profile, had transmogrified into a concave slope with supratip. Furthermore, my nose had been reshaped, shortened and rotated up, giving it a decidedly pig-like appearance. Needless to say I never approved these design decisions nor was I made aware of their consideration beforehand.

To make matters worse, during the first post-op appointment one week after surgery Dr. Tjelmeland quite forcefully yanked the surgical tape off in one swift move rather than peel it slowly and carefully, tearing with it skin/flesh and resulting in an indelible scar and pockmark as well as spots of discoloration, all of which still feature prominently 18 months later and show no further signs of improving.

To be fair, Dr. Tjelmeland did provide one post-op filler application at no charge in an attempt to improve symmetry, and he offered to stitch up the pockmark free of charge but by that time I had become too disillusioned and fearful of further damage. Instead, I contacted Dr. Rod Rohrich, a world renown revision rhinoplasty surgeon in Dallas whose extensive experience and formidable expertise have rightfully earned him savant status. Dr. Rohrich was able to correct much of the damage, and after a depressing 18-month stretch I am at last beginning to recognize myself again. (I shall link to a separate review of Dr. Rohrich in the near future.)

For those of you considering surgery, bear in mind that rhinoplasty is generally considered the most difficult cosmetic procedure, and you would do well to seek out the most experienced and skilled surgeon you can afford. In hindsight, my only regret is not having taken the time to fully appreciate the complexities of rhinoplasty prior to choosing Meridian Surgery.

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I chose Dr. Tjelmeland on the referral of a friend who was extremely pleased with his work. She had her first cosmetic surgery with another doctor and told me that after she had work done with Dr. Tjelmeland, she wished she could have had her first procedure with him because the work did healed so much more unnoticably than the other doctor's work. Due to the type of procedure I was wanting, that comment made me choose Dr. Tjelmeland as well.

I had my procedure on 12/22/09 and am still healing. It will be a couple of months longer before I'll have a better idea regarding the quality of Dr. Tjelmeland's work on me, but I can definitely report on the care and service that he and his staff have provided me.

The office is small and easy to get to- no huge parking garage to hunt a spot in, or clinic campus to navigate. It's like a regular doctor's office; you park right by the door and there you are. Your surgery is performed in their on-site surgical center, so you have the same ease in getting there and back home on your surgery day. The staff are so pleasant and professional, and the center itself is a model of cleanliness, order, and pleasant comfort. I was given more thorough pre-operative information for my cosmetic surgery than I was for either of my spinal surgeries a few years back, which doesn't speak too highly of the "regular" medical process, does it? Dr. Tjelmeland and his physician's assistant, Cindy, made sure that I had all the information I would need to be physically and emotionally prepared for my big day. When it arrived, I was cared for by a wonderful, sweet nurse who is accustomed to dealing with the nervousness that many patients feel and knew how to set me at ease. The anesthesiologist assigned to me was wonderful as well; I've had to have surgery a handful of times before and I've never seen that level of kind, easy compassion in an anesthesiologist before. Once my procedure was done and I was waking up, again my nurse was there to help me come out of the disorientation of being under anesthesia, and the pain that one has to expect after surgery. I'm being totally honest when I tell you that the pain wasn't very bad at all- and a good part of that was the preparation the doctor and staff had given me so I would know what to expect. The nurse helped me get dressed, gave me all the information my boyfriend and I needed to care for me at home, and let me take all the time I needed to leave when I felt I was ready. You couldn't ask for better care.

My follow up visits have been on the same level of quality as well. All that remains is more time to see what my results will be. What I can tell so far looks very promising. I'm not nervous at all- my care so far has given me every confidence in Dr. Tjelmeland's work. I'll stop by in a couple of months and give an update.

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★★★★★

I chose Dr. Tjelmeland on the referral of a friend who was extremely pleased with his work. She had her first cosmetic surgery with another doctor and told me that after she had work done with Dr. Tjelmeland, she wished she could have had her first procedure with him because the work did healed so much more unnoticably than the other doctor's work. Due to the type of procedure I was wanting, that comment made me choose Dr. Tjelmeland as well.

I had my procedure on 12/22/09 and am still healing. It will be a couple of months longer before I'll have a better idea regarding the quality of Dr. Tjelmeland's work on me, but I can definitely report on the care and service that he and his staff have provided me.

The office is small and easy to get to- no huge parking garage to hunt a spot in, or clinic campus to navigate. It's like a regular doctor's office; you park right by the door and there you are. Your surgery is performed in their on-site surgical center, so you have the same ease in getting there and back home on your surgery day. The staff are so pleasant and professional, and the center itself is a model of cleanliness, order, and pleasant comfort. I was given more thorough pre-operative information for my cosmetic surgery than I was for either of my spinal surgeries a few years back, which doesn't speak too highly of the "regular" medical process, does it? Dr. Tjelmeland and his physician's assistant, Cindy, made sure that I had all the information I would need to be physically and emotionally prepared for my big day. When it arrived, I was cared for by a wonderful, sweet nurse who is accustomed to dealing with the nervousness that many patients feel and knew how to set me at ease. The anesthesiologist assigned to me was wonderful as well; I've had to have surgery a handful of times before and I've never seen that level of kind, easy compassion in an anesthesiologist before. Once my procedure was done and I was waking up, again my nurse was there to help me come out of the disorientation of being under anesthesia, and the pain that one has to expect after surgery. I'm being totally honest when I tell you that the pain wasn't very bad at all- and a good part of that was the preparation the doctor and staff had given me so I would know what to expect. The nurse helped me get dressed, gave me all the information my boyfriend and I needed to care for me at home, and let me take all the time I needed to leave when I felt I was ready. You couldn't ask for better care.

My follow up visits have been on the same level of quality as well. All that remains is more time to see what my results will be. What I can tell so far looks very promising. I'm not nervous at all- my care so far has given me every confidence in Dr. Tjelmeland's work. I'll stop by in a couple of months and give an update.

Pros: Professional, experienced, great work

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It??s been several months since my surgery and I am am so happy with the results. Dr. Tjelmeland and his entire staff made me feel so calm and reassured the day of surgery ?? they knew exactly what I needed even before I did! Dr. Tjelmeland and his nurses explained everything perfectly so I felt completely at ease. Now I look better than ever!

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★★★★★

It??s been several months since my surgery and I am am so happy with the results. Dr. Tjelmeland and his entire staff made me feel so calm and reassured the day of surgery ?? they knew exactly what I needed even before I did! Dr. Tjelmeland and his nurses explained everything perfectly so I felt completely at ease. Now I look better than ever!

Pros: Complex cosmetic surgery procedure and I look fabulous!

 

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