Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
1301 20th Street, Suite 150A
Santa Monica, California 90404 US
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5 out of 5 stars Facelift

Endoscopic Facelift, Neck Lift, Fat Transfer,Laser Skin Resurfacing for This Wrinkly 49 Year Old! Top 10 Tips! -Santa Monica, CA

Totally organized office, with such nice nurses and staff. I felt very VIP in a very down to earth office. Every question, email and phone call were answered quickly and professionally. Dr. Kao truly is an artist who happens to be a plastic surgeon. He took all of my before and after photos and used my photos from my 20's, 30's and 40's to help with my surgery. He has a very gentle and kind bedside manner. I felt safe and taken of every step of the way.

1 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Revision

Very Bad Breast Revision by Dr. Chia Chi Kao - Santa Monica, CA

I paid Dr. Kao a total of $17,000 in May of 2014 and am very unsatisfied with the result. Additionally his bedside manner made me extremely uncomfortable. I deeply regret my decision to chose Dr. Kao and I know there are much more professional surgeons in Los Angeles. Dr. Kao did not follow his surgical plan and has taken my money with no further follow up care even though I have been...

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Personal Statement

Chia Chi Kao, MD is a board-certified aesthetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over fifteen years of experience whom Vogue claims “is single-handedly revolutionizing the future of facelifts”.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Consultation Fee

$375. All consult fees applied towards surgery. Offers virtual consultation via Skype for Out of State and International Patients.

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Kao has hospital affiliations at Saint Johns Health Center, Santa Monica, CA.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS, Microbiology, University of Washington School of Medicine, 1987
    Medical: MD, University of Washington School of Medicine, 1991
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: University of Washington, 1992
    Residency: General Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle WA, Chief Resident, 1996

    Video Endoscopic Surgery, United States Surgical, 1997
    Craniofacial Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital - Taipei, Taiwan, 1997

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How Do I Treat Bruising After Lip Augmentation with Restalyn?

Dear Black and Blue, Keep doing what you are doing. Unfortunately you were not given the proper information. There is always a possibility of bruising... READ MORE

How Long Does Swelling After Restylane Last?

Swelling typically last 7-10 days. If you are still experiencing pain contact your doctor. It is best to see your physician and make them aware of the... READ MORE

Really need advice on selecting a surgeon for a breast augmentation who is not board certified

I agree with most of the answers posted by other surgeons here. Find out why he is not certified. Has he taken the exam and not passed or has he not... READ MORE

Can I Increase the Size of my Existing Saline Breast Implants?

Unfortunately there is no other option but to replace your current implants with larger implants. Adding saline to current implants is not... READ MORE

SmartLipo Recovery

Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding Smart Lipo. Recovery from Smart Lipo is much quicker compared to traditional liposuction because there is... READ MORE

What is the Best Way of Keeping Weight off After Smart Lipo?

Excercising regularly and eating right are the best ways to keep weight at bay before and after SmartLipo.  Doing these things will help you to... READ MORE

Will Pregnancy Ruin my Breast Implants?

During and after pregnancy your implants will remain the same. However, there is a chance that your breast tissue may change. Since you have been... READ MORE

Should my Left over Juvederm Have Been Discarded?

Dear Mplsgal, It sounds like you were not given the proper information from your physician. Patient education is very important and had you been... READ MORE

Stop Breast Feeding Before I Can Get Breast Implants?

Thank you for your inquiry regarding Breast Augmentation.  It is recommended to wait 3-6 months post breast feeding, until the breast glands stop... READ MORE

Breast Asymmetry Correction? (photo)

I would consider fat grafting to your smaller right side and smaller amounts to the upper pole of the left side. You may benefit from the lipo... READ MORE

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