Dr. William Chen, MD

Dr. William Chen, MD

Plastic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 56
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Dr. William Chen, MD is a plastic surgery specialist in Irvine, CA. He graduated from Saint Louis University / School of Medicine and specializes in plastic surgery and ophthalmology.Read his story

18 Endeavor Ste 305

Irvine, CA 92618

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Elderplan
  • HAP Insurance
  • Humana
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Eyelid Surgery
very high
more than 95% of peers
Ectropion of Eyelid
more than 86% of peers
Eyelid Disorders
more than 81% of peers

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Dr. Chen's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Chen "U.C.Berkeley A.B.* (Distinction in General Scholarship, Graduated within Honors program majoring in Biochemistry, double majored in Zoology) St.Louis University School of Medicine, M.D. (Graduated with election to the Alpha Omega Alpha, a National Honor Medical Society; Top Prize in Biochemistry in the class.) Internship in Internal Medicine at LAC-USC Medical Center, Residency in Ophthalmology at UCLA Combined program; Fellowship in Eye Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at UCLA, since 2001. Departmental Senior Award for Teaching, UCLA, 2008 Medical Textbooks Published 1. Asian Blepharoplasty(A Surgical Atlas), Butterworth-Heinemann,1995. 2."Oculoplastic Surgery—The Essentials"(Textbook): Chen, WPDC (Editor), Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc. (Stuttgart, New York); 2001. Subsequently Translated to Portugese for the Brazilian market. 3."Color Atlas of Cosmetic Oculofacial Surgery" (Textbook): Chen, Khan, McCord, Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier Science. 2004. 4. Chen,WPD: "Asian Blepharoplasty and the Eyelid Crease, with DVD." (A color atlas). Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier Science, Ltd. (2006) 5."Color Atlas of Cosmetic Oculofacial Surgery, with DVD", 2nd Edition (Textbook),Chen WPD, Khan J, Elsevier-Science/Saunders, 2010. Translated to Spanish Edition. 6. WPD Chen: "Asian Blepharoplasty & the Eyelid Crease", 2016 textbook with video resources (Inkling Platform) (3rd Edition. Elsevier Science.) Academic Peer-reviewed Publications (abbreviated listing) 1.Asian Blepharoplasty--Anatomy & Technique. J. Ophthal. Plast. and Reconstr. Surg; Vol.3 (3):135-140,1987. 2. A Comparision of Caucasian & Asian Blepharoplasty. Ophthalmic Practice, Vol.9 (5): 216-222,1991. 3. Concept of Triangular, Rectangular & Trapezoidal Debulking of Eyelid Tissues:Application in Asian Blepharoplasty. Plast. Reconstr. Surgery; Vol.97,No.1:212-218;Jan.1996. 4. "Aesthetic Eyelid Surgery in Asians: An East-West View." Hong Kong Journal of Ophthalmology. Vol.3, No.1. Pages 27-31. 2000 5. Chen WPD: The Concept of a Glide Zone as It Relates to Upper Lid Crease, Lid Fold, and Application in Upper Blepharoplasty. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.119(1):379-386, January 2007. 6. Chen WPD: Beveled Approach for Revisional Surgery in Asian Blepharoplasty. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.120(2):545-552, August 2007. 7. "Asian Blepharoplasty", Chapter 10, in textbook of "Eyelid & Periorbital Surgery", in pages 317-330, Editors: McCord CD and Codner MA. Quality Medical Publishing, Inc. 2008 8. "Asian Blepharoplasty", chapter in "The Art of Aesthetic Surgery: Principles & Techniques"(Second Edition), Edited by Foad Nahai, Quality Medical Publishing, Inc. (2011) 9.Asian Upper Lid Blepharoplasty: An Update on Indications & Technique. WPD Chen, J Park. Facial Plastic Surgery 2013; 29:26-31 10. S Chang, WPD Chen, IC Cho,TJ Ahn: "Comprehensive Review of Asian Cosmetic Upper Eyelid Oculoplastic Surgery: Asian Blepharoplasty and the Like". Arch Aesthetic Plast Surg 2014; 20(3):129-139 11. "Visual, Physiological, and Aesthetic Factors and Pitfalls in Asian Blepharoplasty." ( WPD Chen) Aesth Surg Journal 2016; 36(3):275-83 (Oxford University Press) 12. WPD Chen: "Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty", Chapter in "Aesthetic Rejuvenation of the Face & Neck", pg 268-272 (Bruce F. Connell, Michael J. Sundine) 2016 (Thieme Medical Publishers) 13. Chapter 10 on Asian Blepharoplasty: in Eyelid & Periocular Surgery, Second Edition (by Mark Codner and Clinton McCord MD;CRC Press.) 14. Upper Eyelid Crease Malposition, Correction & Treatment. Chapter in "Problems in Oculoplastic Surgery: A Repair Manual" (Foad Nahai, Editor; CRC Press.) 15. Surgery: Facial Plastic Surgery", Wayne F.Larrabee MD, Ridgway & Patel. Lippencott Williams & Wilkins) (In press 2018) 16. WPD Chen(Senior Author), in Chapter 31: "Asian Blepharoplasty", in "Essentials of Aesthetic Surgery " (Textbook, Editor: Jeff Janis MD) (Thieme Publishing, Inc. In press)"


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Chen "Do good work, lead, and teach.

As an eye plastic surgeon, the safety and care of your eyes are my utmost concern. I aim for a pleasant experience and a natural result for all my patients.




  • Plastic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Endophthalmitis
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Chronic Endophthalmitis
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Growth
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Graves' Disease
  • Keratitis
  • Migraine
  • Presbyopia
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Skin Cancer
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects


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  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Canthoplasty and Canthopexy
  • Canthotomy
  • Conjunctivoplasty
  • Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
  • Cosmetic Facial Surgery
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Enucleation of Eye
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Orbit Evisceration
  • Orbital Decompression and Orbitotomy
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Skin Grafts
  • Tear Duct Surgery
  • Wound Repair

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of California At Berkeley
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1972
  • Saint Louis University / School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1976
  • LAC-USC Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • University of California-Los Angeles
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Emory University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed
  • Fellow Of American Academy Of Ophthalmology
    Other Education | Completed
  • Fellow, American Society Of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Other Education | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Chen has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Chen's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Chen to family and friends
based on 37 total reviews (16 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (37)

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Dr. Chen's Performance

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Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
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Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (16)

in San Jose, CA
Dr. Chen was recommended to me by another doctor. At that point, I had already consulted with a couple of other doctors and was discouraged that I would ever find the right doctor. For me, the right doctor is someone who knows what he is doing, is doing it to help me out, and doesn't oversell....more
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in Silver Spring, MD
I had 3 prior double eyelid surgeries by 2 different surgeons and they were never able to give me a double eyelid on the left eye, and did a terrible job on my right. Dr. Chen was kind, caring, and took his time to discuss realistic results. Not only did he fix the mistakes from the previous...more
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in Irvine, CA
He is a very well respected physician in this field...he's been doing this so long he actually wrote many of the first authoritative articles/textbooks on blepharoplasty. Even when I visited another eye surgeon for a second opinion consultation, he told me he actually trained under Dr. Chen. Bottom...more
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Find another surgeon to do eyes. He had decent bedside manner but I had a bad outcome. Loads of complications and scarring.
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This patient had previous surgery before seeing us; a high, Westernized crease,unequal,& abnormal in height & shape between the 2 sides to start, with no skin left, & doubling of scar lines. The patient had barely enough skin to close the eyelids as we tried revision. We have & will continue to reach out to the patient to better understand the real reasons behind this post. We have many grateful patients who have had revision-correction by us as well as having great first-time surgery results.

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in Los Angeles, CA
If you are thinking of double eyelid surgery, please reconsider! I saw Dr. Chen several years ago and asked for low, tapered creases, and ended up with a high parallel crease on one eye and a lower tapered crease on the other. My results are asymmetrical and unnatural (obviously surgical). I regret...more
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See REPLY to CR comment( which was dated Sep.9,2017)

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