About David W. Kim, MD
David W. Kim, MD practices in San Francisco at David W. Kim, MD, Inc. as a Facial Plastic Surgeon, board certified by American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Kim was invited to join RealSelf in 2009, and has achieved "Distinguished Member" status. The doctor has 10 years of experience providing cosmetic and aesthetic medical services, and is a member of Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr. Kim has hospital affiliations at California Pacific Medical Center, UCSF, San Francisco Surgery Center, Greenbrae Surgery Center, and San Francisco General Hospital.
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Posted by vitibayarea
Dr. Kim and his staff are the most professional group of people I've met throughout the process of looking for a Plastic Surgeon. I visited Dr. Kim for a rhinoplasty consultation several weeks ago. And from my initial phone call to arriving at the office, his staff was warm, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. Dr. Kim really listened to what I had to say, and really seemed to understand my cosmetic goals - and showed me potential before and after photos of my surgical procedure! Not only that, but the images he showed me where completely customized FOR ME! Cookie-cutter noses, no more. The changes were subtle, suited my facial structure, and were beautiful. Dr. Kim's website also had tons of photos for me to view other patients before and after images along with their incredible outcomes. I knew then and there that Dr. Kim was the perfect surgeon for me. My surgery is scheduled, and I couldn't be more excited. If you are considering a Rhinoplasty in the Bay Area - he is the only one to see.
Posted by poweramy
I did a lot of research and spoke to a friend of a friend who had surgery with Dr Kim
Posted by vccvvc
Dr. Kim and his staff are incredible. From the first consultation to my most recent follow up. I'm so glad I chose him for my rhinoplasty procedure.
Posted by Torrey
All around one of the best doctor/health related experiences I've had. I was referred to Dr. Kim by an ENT specialist in the financial district who said Dr. Kim was their preferred nasal surgeon and they had a number of patients who swore by him. I went in for a consultation and came away feeling comfortable about the procedure and the likely benefits. Dr. Kim's demeanor and his background at UCSF were also reassuring. From day one Dr. Kim's staff was extremely professional, courteous and accomodative. They took my information, contacted my insurance and within 24 hours had put together a detailed quote outlining the procedure and exactly how much it would cost.
Posted by klocks
I was referred to Dr. Kim by another doctor. Upon meeting Dr. Kim, he took the time to really understand what i was looking for and offered his own ideas, which allowed us to create a vision together. I appreciated the attention to detail and professional insight. I also noticed how well-respected Dr. Kim is by his staff, as they all speak highly of him and seem happy to be working for him. Since I speak from experience, I can say that Dr. Kim is a very talented doctor, who can truly deliver amazing results.
Posted by khrychi
I picked Dr. Kim based on his online reviews, his experience and his impressive academic credentials. My choice was validated when I talked to Dr. Kim in person and by his outstanding results after my surgery. I picked David Kim after my thorough analysis of online reviews and visiting numerous doctors. Dr. Kim turned out to be the best in the Bay area. I am extremely happy with the results. Dr. Kim is the only surgeons I would go to for any of my future procedures. I am impressed by his staff. Fantastic.
Posted by Happiness_1
I spent a lot of time researching different doctors, reading patient reviews, viewing pictures, and decided that Dr. Kim is truly an expert in this area.
Posted by epithilial
Overall, I think Dr Kim is an excellent surgeon and I highly recommend him for any facial surgery. He is knowledgeable, meticulous, professional, and knows how to meet each patient's individual goal. The thing about surgery is that is a very big decision that shouldn't be treated lightly like walking in and getting a flu shot. With consideration of the costs and risks involved, I felt that choosing Dr Kim to improve my appearance outweighed those costs and risks. He sets reasonable expectations and I'm sure exceeds those expectations most of the time. Surgery is meant to improve our self esteems not set up unrealistic expectations and have an unhealthy pursuit of perfection. Pasted on fake appearances are the bi-product of that. I know that I was never meant to be model pretty and rarely in life, people ever are perfect. After a year of thinking over about rhinoplasty revision, I decided to choose Dr Kim and couldn't be more satisfied with that decision. In the distant future, if I feel that I should ever need anything else done like drooping eyelids due to age or get horribly disfigured due to some freak accident, I would choose Dr Kim without a dent in my conviction.
Posted by norcalwt
Internet forums and yelp. The staff was wonderful and professional. If you're going to get plastic surgery I recommend you go to the very best, especially when your face is involved. Dr. Kim is the best and you can tell right away when you meet him. His consultation was in-depth, helpful and informative. No hard sell, his work speaks for itself. To be honest for how much he's improved the way I look I think he's a good deal.
Posted by cartwright_2
What I appreciated most about Dr Kim was his candor and honesty throughout the process on limitations and risks of the procedure. He did a great job explaining the entire procedure and thoughtfully answered and addressed all my questions and concerns. I felt very comfortable and informed when I made my decision, and continued to feel that way throughout the process. Both his office staff and surgery staff were professional, knowledgeable, and courteous, and contributed to my having a great experience. I would highly recommend Dr Kim to others, as I had a very positive experience from start to finish and was totally satisfied with my end result
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Posted by Lorraine14
Besides his wonderful cosmetic surgery skills, Dr. Kim is a good listener with an excellent bedside manner. He has a gentle manner, which was important to me because I was extremely nervous about having revision rhinoplasty. I also appreciated his choice of office staff; they were supportive and responsive. The surgery center experience was outstanding as well, and kudos to Dr. Ellis, his anesthesiologist, for getting me through over 5.5 hours of surgery without nausea and vomiting, unheard of for me I am so sensitive to anesthesia.
Posted by Gam123
Dr. Kim is an amazing surgeon. He is extremely professional and is very honest with his patients about realistic results. I am so glad that the procedure is over and I can't thank Dr. Kim enough for all he has done. I definitely recommend.
Posted by Qj
I don't like to talk much so his style kinda suits me. Understand what I want, tell me honestly whether it can be achieved or not, and do it. His office staff is good too.
Posted by clanoinc
Having broken my nose twice it was really bothering me, aesthetically and breathing wise. I checked out a few surgeons but after meeting Dr. Kim I was sure he was going to be the doctor I would work with. I really am delighted with the result, my husband even says it's better than the original version before the accidents and I do have to agree with him. The result is lovely and natural and my ability to breath well has gone from night to day, I had no idea how bad it was I had become so used to squeezing air through the scar tissue that was in there. I am sleeping way better now too and my husband reports no snoring. I'm not hiding from the camera anymore either, which is a lovely feeling! Dr. Kim is frank, informative and he has a great team of professional and competent people working with him.
Treatments offered at David W. Kim, MD, Inc.
Blog Posts and Articles
One of the reasons that rhinoplasty is challenging is the huge variability of noses within the human race. Noses do, however, fall into different groupings based on shared features. For example, noses within a given race are more likely to resemble one another than noses from different races. Of course, we cannot over-generalize this pattern, as people within one race can still look quite different from one another. But it is...
FACELIFT AND NECKLIFT Dr. David W. Kim has spent much of his career perfecting, then teaching, safe, reliable, and consistently effective approaches to facial rejuvenation. His approach emphasizes a balanced and natural facial rejuvenation while minimizing risk and recovery. Dr. Kim has served as an instructor and faculty member for numerous national facial rejuvenation courses, delivered papers and given talks, and brings this expertise to his facial cosmetic surgery practice in San...
Education / Training
Medical: MD, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, 1997
Residency: Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, 2002
National Institutes of Health Post-doctoral Research, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA
Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Univerity of Illinois, Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2003