Dr. Erin Lessner



Dr. Erin Lessner joins West End Plastic Surgery in Washington, DC, to provide oculoplastics care for patients seeking to rejuvenate their eyelids and face. She completed her prestigious ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at UCLA..Dr. Lessner grew up in Gainesville, Florida, and attended Dartmouth College, where she studied Economics. She returned to her hometown for medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine for her ophthalmology residency and served as Chief Resident. She has taught face lifting, fat transfer, and orbital decompression courses at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meetings. She has been a course instructor for UCLA aesthetic and orbital surgery courses, invited to speak internationally,and has been actively involved in presenting oculoplastics research across the country.

Surgical and Nonsurgical Procedures

Dr. Lessner utilizes surgical and nonsurgical techniques to rejuvenate the face. She performs upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) on patients with heavy upper eyelids and lower eyelid “bags.” Her practice also focuses on performing brow lifts and correcting eyelid malpositions, including droopy eyelids (ptosis surgery), eyelids turning out (ectropion surgery), and eyelids turning in (entropion surgery). She has extensive experience diagnosing and treating eyelid cancers (Mohs reconstruction).

Dr. Lessner utilizes injectables (BOTOX® Cosmetic, XEOMIN®, Restylane®, JUVÉDERM®, BELOTERO BALANCE®), laser and energy treatments, and facial treatments (chemical peels) -all individualized to each patient to create a youthful and refreshed appearance. She also cares for patients with dry eyes, ocular rosacea, blepharitis, chalazions/styes, and eyelid lesions.

Passion for Advocacy

In addition to her commitment to oculoplastic surgery, Dr. Lessner has a passion for health policy. During residency, she was elected Chair of the Resident and Fellow Section of the South Carolina Medical Association and recognized by the American Medical Women’s Association with the Susan L. Ivey, MD Courage to Lead Award. She has experience working on Capitol Hill and has represented both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery as an Advocacy Ambassador. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and serves on the American Academy of Ophthalmology Young Ophthalmologist subcommittee on advocacy.


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