Allen Putterman, MD

  • 111 N. Wabash, #1722 , Chicago, Illinois,60602
    312-372-2256

Dr. Allen Putterman, MD, SC

 

 

doctor.puttermanRecipient of the Baylis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cosmetic Surgery. (2005)

 

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Dr. Putterman has been in private practice for over 35 years, and has had extensive experience during that time, having performed over 20,000 oculofacial plastic surgery procedures. He is Professor of Ophthalmology and Co-Chief of Oculoplastic Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.  He has also served as president of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery and The Chicago Ophthalmological Society. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has served on their certification committee. He is one of approximately 30 doctors in the USA to be privileged to have an approved oculofacial plastic surgery fellowship.

 

 

Dr. Putterman has published over 325 scientific papers, mostly on oculoplastic surgery procedures and instruments he has invented. He has contributed to more than 50 textbooks, and recently published the 4th edition of his definitive textbook, Cosmetic Oculoplastic Surgery.  Dr. Putterman has also given over 310 lectures in his field, both nationally and internationally.

During his illustrious career, Dr. Putterman has garnered many prestigious awards, including recognition in each publication of the Best Doctors Book since 1994, including 2014, a listing in Ophthalmology Times “The Best Ophthalmologists in America,” inclusion in Chicago Magazine as one of the “500 top doctors in Chicago,” and Town and Country Magazine as among the “outstanding medical specialists in the United States.”  He was the only Oculoplastic surgeon among five doctors to receive the 1998 “Recognition for Achievement in Ophthalmology” Award from Ophthalmology Times.  In 2003 & 2006 he was the only Oculoplastic surgeon in the Midwest to be listed in America’s Top Doctors (Editors Castle Connolly) and one of two Oculoplastic surgeons in Illinois listed in The Best Doctors in America by Woodward/White. In January 2004 & 2006, he was the only Oculoplastic surgeon included in Chicago Magazine’s 350 Top Doctors as chosen by their peers.  In 2007 he was one of three oculoplastic surgeons in the Midwest listed as America’s Top Doctors. From the first edition in 2001 through 2014, Dr. Putterman has been listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors book and in January 2010, 2012 and 2014, in Chicago Magazine Top Doctors as one of the top doctors in the Ophthalmology category. He has also been listed in the Best Doctors (Woodward/White) 1994-2013.

He is also a black belt instructor of NIA, which combines the martial arts, the dance arts, and the healing arts.  He is a certified Zumba instructor as well.
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Pre-Operative

 

From the time I was a child, I did not like the extra skin on my upper eyelids.   During my adult life, I could not wear eye makeup like everyone else because my lids were completely “hooded.”   It used to be an aesthetic issue, but in my 50s, it also became a physical issue as the excess skin on my top lids became so heavy that it was “work” to hold my eyes open.  I used to occasionally use my fingers to lift up my lids just to see how nice it would be to not have all that skin there.  I also had bags under my lids and was actually more self-conscience about that, which became more pronounced the older I got.  Smiling made it look worse.  After pondering eye-lid surgery for about 20 years, I finally asked my primary care for a referral.  That plastic surgeon actually referred me to Dr. Putterman because she said he was the best.  She said he wrote the book on these procedures, and if it were her that’s who she would have do it!  I do not live in Chicago but was happy to make the trip to have the best surgeon.  In preparation for surgery, I had and failed the peripheral eye test.  Dr. Putterman also noted that my eyelids were drooping.  Given these facts, insurance covered some of my procedures.  I was quite scared to have the surgery because after all, these are my eyes and my face, but was reassured by Dr. Putterman. Vicki stressed that Dr. is conservative.  She was wonderful with answering my questions and calming my fears.  My surgery went well, and I am very pleased with the results.  I look like me, only so much better!  I told Dr. that I had never liked my eyes before and now thanks to him, I have pretty eyes!  I smile more and take off the glasses that I used to hide behind.  My recovery went well.  I went out in public 3 weeks later and with makeup to hide the healing incisions, no one could tell.  Only my family knew about my surgery and the results are so natural that no one has questioned me. That is exactly what I wanted.  I only get compliments on how nice I look.  My left eye did water for months due to dryness, but it slowly cleared up.  I think my body had to adjust to having my eyes open wider.  I am so glad that I finally had the courage to go through with it, knowing I had the best care and expertise in Dr. Putterman.   I now enjoy how nice it is to not have to work to hold my eyes open.  And even my eyes smile now! 

 

Post-Operative

 

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We specialize in…

  • Removing Excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids to make the area smoother and more defined
  • Elevating drooped eyelids and eyebrows to create a look of greater alertness and vivacity
  • Treating lower eyelid retraction and Ectropion of the eyelid
  • Mid-face lifts to decrease the hollowing at the top of cheek bones and to soften the folds on the sides of the nose
  • Fat repositioning to reduce bags and fill circle depressions
  • thyroid eye disease to eliminate corneal irritation and restore a more normal appearance
  • Removing tumors from eyelid and behind the eye and reconstructing the eyelids
  • Decreasing tearing by reconstructing tear ducts
  • Treating facial paralysis and eyelid spasms
  • Reconstructing the space for artificial eyes

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Removal of Excessive Skin and Fat from the Upper Eyelids
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Removal of Excessive Skin and Fat from the Lower Eyelids
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Elevation of drooped eyelids
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Elevation of drooped eyebrows
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Cheek Mid-Face Lift
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Treatment of Lower Eyelid Retraction
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Facelifts
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Fat Re-positioning
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Laser Resurfacing, Dermabrasion & Injections for Facial Wrinkles
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Botox Treatments
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thyroid Eye Disease
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Other Procedures
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