Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
55 Francisco Street, #705
San Francisco, California 94133 US
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"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 can breathe better than I have ever been able to in my life, and I finally can say that I love my nose!" "After a year of thinking over about rhinoplasty revision, I decided to choose Dr Kim and couldn't be more satisfied with that decision."

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San Francisco Rhinoplasty Consultation - San Francisco, CA

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.

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Great Doctor, Great Result - San Francisco, CA

I did a lot of research and spoke to a friend of a friend who had surgery with Dr Kim

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty - San Francisco, CA

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.

5 out of 5 stars Septoplasty

Septoplasty--Extremely Satisfied

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.

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Simply the BEST - San Francisco, CA

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.

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Life Changing Experience - San Francisco, CA

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.

5 out of 5 stars Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision Rhinoplasty and Very Happy - San Francisco, CA

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.

5 out of 5 stars Revision Rhinoplasty

Satisfied Patient and Well Worth the Experience - San Francisco, CA

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.

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Dr. Kim is an Artist - San Francisco, CA

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.

5 out of 5 stars Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision Rhinoplasty - San Francisco, CA

It's been a year since my revision rhinoplasty with Dr. Kim and so far, so good. Dr. Kim is a great surgeon. During every consultation with him he was extremely professional, knowledgable, pleasant, and happy to answer any questions. He fully explained what he could and, more importantly, could not do so there were no false expectations. I never felt pressured or like he was...

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Personal Statement

We strive to maintain quality in all aspects of patient’s experience. A critical component of providing high quality care is clear communication. We pride ourselves in thoroughly informing patients of all aspects of proposed treatments. We set clear and honest expectations.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology


Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

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Awards & Recognition

RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Kim has hospital affiliations at California Pacific Medical Center, UCSF, San Francisco Surgery Center, Greenbrae Surgery Center, and San Francisco General Hospital.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BA, Stanford University, 1991
    Medical: MD, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, 1997
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: General Surgery, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, 1998
    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

Treatments offered at David W. Kim, MD - Rhinoplasty Specialist

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Nose fillers and the non-surgical rhinoplasty

Truths and Myths There is a growing trend for patients to seek improvement to the shape of the nose through non-surgical means.  Through the use of commercially available intra-dermal fillers, some practitioners treat patients in an office setting to change the shape of the nose.  Although on surface, this type of treatment, sometimes called “non-surgical rhinoplasty”, would seem to be much more convenient than undergoing a surgery, there are many misconceptions about the procedure as liste...

Top 3 Filler Fears and Myths

Myth number 1: I will look overdone. Not true! Unfortunately, our eyes are drawn to the “overfilled,” unnatural results that we see in celebrities and in people around us. But, the best filler results are those that we don’t even realize ARE filler. My patients are frequently told things like, “You have amazing skin!” or “You look so well-rested!” after they get filler. This is because I strive to give my patients NATURAL results, by focusing on small changes that subtly enhance their...

Rhinoplasty - Selecting a surgeon, selecting a patient

Rhinoplasty Selecting a surgeon, selecting a patient.  It’s a two-way street. Most everyone will agree that a prospective patient should do some research to vet the qualifications and background of a physician before entrusting that person to their medical care.  This is especially important with complicated surgery, such as rhinoplasty, in which the margins are small and the techniques nuanced and intricate.  Patient who do their due diligence to find a rhinoplasty expert are rewa...

Choosing the “right” filler

"With so many fillers out there these days, how do I decide which one is right for me?” I hear this question frequently from new patients, and find that they can get a bit bogged down by the sheer number of choices. To make matters worse, filler advertisements can be vague and/or misleading, while online information can range in quality from useful to completely inaccurate. For the first-time filler patient, all of this information and choice can be overwhelming. When it comes to n...

What make a nose look natural?

I firmly believe that successful rhinoplasty should result in a nose which looks like it belongs on one’s face—a nose which that person could have been born with.  This does not mean that every outcome must result in the same shape.  In fact, noses of a variety of shapes and sizes can look attractive and natural on a person.  But there are two important characteristics which a nose must possess to look “real” and not “created”. First, the surface contours should be smooth.  Unevenness, u...

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Rhinoplasty Swelling

The duration of swelling depends on what was done, the thickness of the skin covering, and the change in size of the nose. The longer the surgery... READ MORE

How Many Revisions Can One Safely Get for a Nose Job?

I get asked this question a lot. There is no absolute number after which rhinoplasty becomes impossibly dangerous or doomed to fail. However, it... READ MORE

Jaw Reduction Using Botox - How Are the Results?

Botox is injected into the masseter muscle to induce reduction of movement/size. Bone, skin thickness, fatty tissue are all factors that are assessed... READ MORE

Alar Rim Graft to Reshape Nostrils and Columella?

I see the following problems in your nose: 1. Rounded, isolated tip 2. Poor transition from tip to nasal base (deep shadowing on each side of... READ MORE

Asian rhinoplasty removal. Will people notice the difference?

If the implant is truly only 2-3 mm in height, there may not be a significant difference in appearance. But if you are removing it because it looks... READ MORE

Rhinoplasty and Excess Skin

Whether or not the skin will shrink enough to conform cleanly onto the skeleton of the nose depends on two main factors: 1. How much reduction was... READ MORE

What is the difference between regular Botox, and Dysport?

Botox and Dysport are both neuromodulators. They act to relax the muscle and help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. They are made by different... READ MORE

I had revision rhinoplasty with rib cartilage, and nostrils are still collapsing when breathing in. Do I need more surgery? (pho

If your ongoing collapse is due to swelling around the grafts used, it may resolve over time. If is due to malposition or inadequacy of the graft, it... READ MORE

Could I get these columella defects repaired as an in office procedure? (Photo)

It looks like you have an uneven scar with fullness above the scar line. A scar revision would be helpful to excise the scar and allow normal flat... READ MORE

Nose Looks Different on Each Side After Rhinoplasty?

3 months is a little early so I'd wait a few more months before jumping to conclusions. If the asymmetry persists, most likely it is caused by the... READ MORE

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External Rhinoplasty Splint Removal After Surgery

Rhinoplasty post-op. Removal of external splints after 6 hour revision rhinoplasty. WATCH VIDEO

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