Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
55 Francisco Street, #705
San Francisco, California 94133 US

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San Francisco Rhinoplasty Consultation - San Francisco, CA

I originally found Dr. Kim through various review and forum sites. He and his staff met everyone of my expectations and so much more. Dr. Kim's fees are higher than most for Rhinoplasty - but he is completely worth it, every penny. I'm certain this will be the best investment I can make for myself.

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Great Doctor, Great Result - San Francisco, CA

I spent a lot of time and money researching Facial Plastic Surgeon's before deciding to go ahead with my rhinoplasty. A few minutes into the consultation I knew Dr Kim would perform my surgery. He instantly made me feel at ease and answered all my questions. One of the most impressive things about my consultation with Dr Kim was the 3D pictures he was able to manipulate to show what my nose...

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty - San Francisco, CA

Dr. Kim exudes sincerity and really understands the patient perspective. His 3D imaging system he used to show before and after images - really helped me visualize my surgical outcome. Dr. Kim assured me throughout the process that I would not look "over done". And at this point I couldn't be happier - I can finally breathe and I look and feel amazing.

5 out of 5 stars Septoplasty

Septoplasty--Extremely Satisfied

Despite restricted breathing I put off nose surgery for many years until recently--it had gotten so bad I could barely breathe in through my left nostril. The surgery itself went very well, and the recovery was actually much less taxing than I had expected. There was so little pain I only needed two pain pills the first day. There was no bruising under my eyes and no nausea. In my experience...

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Simply the BEST - San Francisco, CA

I underwent rhinoplasty surgery in January 2012, eight months before my wedding day. I wanted to improve my profile but not drastically change my overall appearance. Dr. Kim did a beautiful job - the change was subtle but noticeable in a very good way; and I couldn't be happier with the result. I'll never forget when I came into the office one week after the procedure for the "big reveal". I...

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 had a revisional rhinoplasty done by Dr. Kim and am very happy with the results! The primary rhinoplasty surgery left my nasal tip pinched and droopy. Dr. KIm was able to correct those areas and give my nose a more flattering appearance. The recovery was not painful. I just wish I went to him for my primary surgery.

5 out of 5 stars Revision Rhinoplasty

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

Ever since I was a child, I was always self-conscious about my nose. I felt as a female, my nose was out of proportion and too big for my face when compared to the rest of my facial features. Even a boy in grade school commented how I would probably need a nose job when I get older and ever since, I suffered a case of body dysmorphic disorder. I went to Dr David W. Kim for a rhinoplasty...

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Dr. Kim is an Artist - San Francisco, CA

In my younger years I was a little rough around the edges. Boxing and street fights left my once palatable nose crooked and uneven. I had figured that a simple fix of the bone would correct this. I was so wrong. I went to Dr. Kim and he showed me what was wrong (Destroyed cartilage) and gave me honest opinion on what he could and could not do. Repairing soft tissues is much harder than fixing...

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...

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

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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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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...

Rhinoplasty in the age of the Digital Social Identity

In the past few years, I’ve noticed an increasing concern among many patients about how they look in photographs. In some cases, young patients in particular seem more concerned about their appearance in photos than how they look in person.   This is not surprising, given how easily photos are now taken and shared.  Also, with the rise of social media, our digital identity is more important than ever in the way we interact with others.  But while the motivation is very understandable, putti...

Looking Great Without Looking “Done”

One of the most frequent concerns that new patients express to me during our initial consultation is, “I want to look natural. I’m really scared I’ll look like I’ve had something done.” This concern, though understandably a source of anxiety for my patients, is actually music to my ears! Let me explain what I mean:   First, I *also* don’t want you to look like you’ve “had something done.” The fact that you feel the same lets me know that we are both on the same page and are a likely good ...

Rhinoplasty: Structure and Surface

One of the biggest challenges of rhinoplasty is the complex three dimensional nature of the nose.  A natural, attractive nose is a soft, rounded, triangular pyramid which should reside in the center of the face.  Symmetry, smoothness, and a rounded triangular shape are the outcomes surgeons generally strive for with surgery.  The problem is that each nose is different, with a multitude of possible imperfections.   Given the  three dimensionality of the nose, it is understandable why some...

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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

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

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

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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