New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
135 E. 71st Street, 1A
New York, New York 10021 US
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5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

33 Year Old Upper Eyelid Surgery

Dr. Kotlus is amazing! He is very professional and knowledgeable. What I love most about his work is that it all looks very natural. If you look at his patient's before and after pictures, you will see that none of them look like they have had any work done-- they just look amazing! Dr. Kotlus is very meticulous with his work and also very gentle. My incisions are barely noticeable and I'm only 6 weeks post op. During each consultation I never felt rushed; Dr. Kotlus answered all of my questions and made me feel comfortable. The day of the surgery I was a bit nervous as I opted to only have local anesthesia; therefore I was awake during the entire procedure. My nerves completely subsided as Dr. Kotlus started the surgery. He played music and always let me know what he was about to do before he did it, which kept me at ease. I couldn't be happier with my results and my recovery! I highly recommend him for this procedure. You will be happy with the results.

5 out of 5 stars Restylane

Under eye bag fillers

I had a really great experience with Dr. Kotlus from the consultation to the actual procedure. I had restylne fillers under my eyes. I felt like i had really bad eye bags more so on the right and then left and he thought i would do great with Restylne. I went in for the consulation first bc ive never done it before. He was patient..answered all of my questions. I came back 1 month later to...

5 out of 5 stars Asian Eyelid Surgery

Asian Eyelids Surgery With Fat Grafting - Fast Recovery with Amazing Outcome. 47 Year-old Woman! - New York, NY

This is the first time ever, after 47 years, I had gone facial plastic surgery I have been researching and visiting several doctors for approximately 4 years. However, I was never sure because I am east asian and afraid to achieve an unexpected outcome. Our face is a super delicate are and it has to be someone really expert. Dr Brett is more than an expert . I would describe him as a...

5 out of 5 stars Restylane

under eye hollows reversed

I traveled from Chicago to NY for this doctor. Dr. Kotlus is extremely knowledgeable. I had severe under eye hollows. Dr. Kotlus filled the under eye area, no bruising! I did swell for 3 days and now it looks amazing. People have commented on how good I look. I did not want a overdone Hollywood look...I wanted to reverse the aging under the eye with a natural look!

5 out of 5 stars Restylane

Overall positive experience - New York, NY

I had restylane fillers done to my tear trough area. This was the first cosmetic procedure I've ever had, so I was very nervous but Dr Kotlus made me feel really comfortable. He was friendly and answered all my questions. The procedure was surprisingly painless and quick. I would highly recommend.

5 out of 5 stars Botox

amazing botox brow lift!!

I am a difficult case: if i get botox injected the wrong way around the crow's feet (for botox browlift), my cheeks become distorted. But not with Dr. Kotlus!! i went to him last year for a botox brow lift and the results were amazing! I went back this year after a bad botox experience w another provider and thank God for Dr. Brett Kotlus! My botox browlift worked like a charm...he gave me...

5 out of 5 stars Restylane

47 Yrs Second Procedure

Dr. Kotlus is very down to earth and very good at what he does.Makes you feel comfortable & is understanding to your expectations. And will do his absolute best to make sure to achieve what you set out to accomplish.

5 out of 5 stars Restylane

Great experience- Tearthrough/hollow under eye fillers

Dr. Brett was extremely professional, caring and gentle. I had my tear through filled with restylane. The procedure was quick, painless (it just feels a little weird like its being injected in your cheeks and you feel the liquid filling your face up haha its an interesting feeling but not scary) and Dr. Brett made me feel at ease during the whole process. After procedure I feel no pain or...

5 out of 5 stars Botox

Fabulous experience and fast

Am glad I made the right choice Dr Brett is supper supper cool and he explains in details and listens when u talk and give you best option... thanks Dr Brett see you soon.. We need more doctors like you

5 out of 5 stars Eye Bags Treatment

46 Years Old Minus Eye Bags - Finally!

This was the first doctor (of more than 50 I researched and 5 I met with for a paid, in-person consultation) I felt 100% comfortable moving forward with. He is patient, smart, and his practice focuses on eyes. I felt more than confident I had chosen the right doctor after our first meeting. And my follow ups beforehand secured this for me.

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Personal Statement

Dr. Kotlus is dual fellowship-trained in oculoplastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. He specializes in cosmetic surgery of the eyes and face and is accredited by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He authored two cosmetic surgery books for patients.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology


American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS)

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Awards & Recognition

Robert Jackson Award, American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, 2008
Individual Research Grant, Cosmetic Surgery Foundation, 2006
Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2009
Professional Recognition:
Trustee, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, 2013 - present
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Kotlus has hospital affiliations at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, Northwell Health.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BA in General Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, 1995
    Graduate: MS in Genetics, Pennsylvania State University, 1997
    Medical: MD, Sackler School of Medicine, 2001
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: Exempla St. Joseph's Hospital, Denver, CO, 2002
    Residency: Ophthalmology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine - North Shore / LIJ Hospital, NY 2005
    Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, University of Arizona, AZ, 2007
    General Cosmetic Surgery, Arizona Centre Plastic Surgery, AZ, 2007

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Puffy Eyes After Juvederm Injections in Under Eye Hollows

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Liposuction Alternatives

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Skin Tightening Lasers - How Long Do Results Last?

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What Causes Puffy Eyes?

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What Are the Best Botox Alternatives?

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What Kind of Surgeon Should I Go to for This?

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Tightness and Swelling Post-Blepharoplasty (photo)

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One Eye Barely Changed After Blepharoplasty

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Botox Resistance - Why Doesn't Botox Work for Me?

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Removing Eye Bags Without Surgery

Dr. Brett S. Kotlus demonstrates the cannula eye lift with Restylane to treat a woman's eye bags. See her results before and after the injections. WATCH VIDEO

Improving Under Eye Bags — The Doctor Explains Surgery vs. Fillers

Live from Vegas at VCS 2016, Dr. Brett S. Kotlus answers questions about improving the appearance of eye bags. WATCH VIDEO

Upper Eyelid Lift: Here's What You Should Know

An upper eyelid lift can brighten up your entire face but certain aesthetic principles must be followed. In this video, Dr. Brett S. Kotlus explains the difference between a functional eyelid lift and a cosmetic upper lid lift. WATCH VIDEO

Is Your Face Uneven?

Dr. Brett S. Kotlus explains facial asymmetry and how it can be measured and corrected. It is a common facial feature that does not always require correction, but specialized evaluation can aid in identifying and quantifying uneven traits. WATCH VIDEO

7 Factors to Consider Before Having a Lower Eyelid Lift

Dr. Brett S. Kotlus explains how to decide what type of cosmetic lower eyelid surgery will work best for you. WATCH VIDEO

Lower Eyelid Bags: Learn About Non-Surgical Treatments

Dr. Brett S. Kotlus explains how to eliminate eye bags with non-surgical treatments vs. cosmetic lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). WATCH VIDEO

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*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.