Why Choose Us?

Experience

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. Dr. Levin has been performing Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery and nothing else since 1989.

Training and Commitment

The restrictions on today's health environment have prompted many physicians to over-promote their cosmetic eyelid practice. 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 2017), and has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1989. Meet Dr. Peter Levin

Specialization

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 under 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 primarily a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgeon) and everything we do is aimed at making your eyes looking attractive and natural.

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.

In Dr. Levin's office, it is rare for any two patients to receive the exact same treatment. 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).

State of the Art Equipment

It is of paramount importance to have access to state of the art technology. 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. We do not borrow or rent equipment.

How comfortable are you with your surgeon?

Your appearance and vision are precious. You must feel comfortable with your surgeon about choices you have made. Your surgeon and his/her staff should answer your questions fully. It is important that you trust your surgeon and staff to work with you before and after surgery. We encourage a personal visit with Dr. Levin where you will also meet his exceptional staff.

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.

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? Dr. Levin’s facility is approved by the California Medical Association’s Institute of Medical Quality (IMQ), which inspects and accredits his facility on a three year cycle.