525 South Drive, Suite 101 Mountain View, CA 94040 Phone: (650) 964-9600

Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us?


You need a surgeon with years of experience in performing plastic surgery of the eyes and eyelids. When investigating physicians, make sure you know the exact number of years that he or she has been in practice and their training in opthalmic plastic surgery. Dr. Levin has been performing Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery with dedication and passion since 1989.

Training and Commitment

Some patients, eager to attract patients, over-promote their credentials in cosmetic eye(lid) surgery. Carefully evaluate the training and commitment of the physicians you are considering. Have they completed special training or fellowships in eyelid and ophthalmic plastic surgery? Are they members of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASOPRS)? Is eyelid and facial plastic surgery their exclusive focus, or is this a sideline to other interests? Dr. Levin received an Ivy League education at Brown University and received his medical degree (MD) from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Levin is Fellowship trained in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery (Duke University), is a member of ASOPRS, is the fellowship director for the Stanford ASOPRS-approved fellowship (beginning July 2016), and has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1989. 


Sophisticated patients recognize from their own experience that a surgeon focused on one area is more likely to be skilled, up to date, and knowledgeable in that area. How well-trained is your surgeon in the procedures you are contemplating? Does your doctor claim to be equally skilled at surgery in all parts of the face and body? Google searches and ads can be very helpful. But if a surgeon is advertising their practice of breast surgery, nasal surgery (“rhinoplasty”) or face lift surgery as well as eyelid surgery, then perhaps they are not as specialized as you would like. Dr. Levin is exclusively an eyelid surgeon and all his surgery is focused on giving you attractive and natural looking eyes.

Comprehensive Skills

Your surgeon should be skilled in all techniques currently used to treat eyelid and facial conditions. Be concerned about a surgeon or facility that treats all patients with the same techniques. A physician who is unable to perform more than one type of operation will not offer alternatives and may not be the best choice.

In Dr. Levin’s office, we tailor every single procedure to the needs and desired outcomes of the specific patient. Some of the issues we consider are: Should the position of your eyebrows and forehead be changed, and if so, how? (For example, endoscopic browlift, temporal subcutaneous lift, mid-forehead, pre-trichial, or direct browlifts) What is the most advantageous approach to performing your upper blepharoplasty? (For example, removal of skin only, skin muscle, skin and fat, fat only, and whether and how to reform your eyelid crease). What is the most effective method to smooth out your lower eyelids and cheeks? (For example, removal of fat only, removal of fat and skin, removal of fat with suspension of your muscle or cheek, laser skin treatments). Be prepared to be educated about various eyelid surgery procedures and consider the best options for your eyes when you consult with Dr. Peter S. Levin.

State of the art technology

State of the art technology is paramount for successful eyelid surgery. Ask about laser, endoscopic and "hidden incision" surgery techniques. Does your surgeon own the instruments needed for laser and endoscopic surgery or does he/she merely rent as needed? Surgeons who own equipment are more likely to be familiar with it. In our practice, we own our equipment for endoscopic and laser surgery.

How comfortable are you with your surgeon?

It is essential that you trust your surgeon and staff to provide the best care before and after your surgery. Undergoing surgery is a serious decision and you deserve to feel confident about your surgeon’s capabilities and your mutually-decided goals before you arrive at the surgical suite. Your surgeon and his/her staff should treat your concerns and questions with respect and understanding. We require prospective surgery candidates to meet with Dr. Levin and his staff in person before scheduling a procedure. We feel that building the doctor-patient relationship in this way ensures the patient’s comfort and a successful surgery.

Is your surgeon trained beyond your particular needs?

It is generally recognized that the best cosmetic surgeons are also the best reconstructive surgeons. A skilled reconstructive surgeon knows how to identify and avoid problems before they occur. He or she draws on a broad body of experience that other surgeons cannot match. By the same token, a cosmetic surgeon will bring awareness of balance and harmony to even the most challenging reconstructive procedures. As you can tell from our before and after gallery, and from Dr. Levin's credentials, Dr. Levin is well versed in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the entire area around your eyes and face.

I found a doctor with an attractive website, but is he or she respected by peers and the medical community?

The most skilled surgeons are active in educational activities at medical schools and universities. They are skilled reconstructive and cosmetic surgeons, train resident and practicing physicians, and have hospital staff privileges. Dr. Levin is a member of multiple hospital staffs and has been chair of the Ophthalmology section of El Camino Hospital. He has been a Stanford faculty member since 1989, and has taught his techniques to medical students, residents, fellows and practicing physicians. We encourage you to ask your own doctors for a surgeon—and if you are in our geographic area be sure to ask if your doctor knows the work of Dr. Levin. We get rave reviews from other doctors.

How safe is the facility at which I will have surgery?

Is the facility at which you will have your procedure accredited by an agency approved by the Division of Licensing within the Medical Board of California? Your surgery will be performed at a licensed outpatient surgical center or the accredited surgical facility within Dr. Levin’s office. Our facility is accredited by the Medical Board of California.

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