San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
77 Van Ness Ave., Ste. 302
San Francisco, California 94102 US
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5 out of 5 stars Chin Implant

Submental Lipo with Chin Implant

I have hated my profile for as long as i can remember. i used to think about it off and on, but it has become more and more bothersome with age. as i've gotten older, i have noticed more sagging along my jawline and under my chin. i HATED being in pictures...i had a little girl last year and my insecurities were preventing me from ever wanting to be photographed with her so i decided it was...

5 out of 5 stars Forehead Reduction

Update re: Hairline Lowered!!!! - Oakland, CA

Ever since college, I've been self-conscious about my high hairline. Others would comment on my high hairline and I would cringe when I saw my forehead in photos. I almost went through with it right after college, but I postponed it due to financial issues. Now with a much better paying job and a move to a new city in a couple of months, I felt now was the time. I scheduled my procedure on...

5 out of 5 stars Forehead Reduction

Lowering my High Hairline with Dr. Kabaker - Oakland, CA

So, where to begin this review? I've always had a high forehead and it has bothered me mostly recently. I'm 23 and now that I can afford to, I'm going to opt for this procedure as it is the one plastic surgery that I feel I truly need and not just want. I'm pretty content with my other features but my forehead makes it impossible to style my hair in any way other than bangs and I absolutely...

5 out of 5 stars Forehead Reduction

Hairline Lowering, Glad I Chose the Best -Oakland, CA

I had a hairline lowering surgery (scalp/forehead reduction) with Dr. Kabaker 7 weeks ago. My scar is very thin and healing nicely. I was so nervous about flying across the country ALONE, to have surgery, recover, and fly home within 3 days. The end result is about 2.7 cm lower. The procedure over all was painless, and afterwards some scalp tightness and tings. Felt sunburned on my scalp, and...

5 out of 5 stars Forehead Reduction

Forehead reduction surgery! exellent doctor! great success! - Oakland, CA

My forehead was pretty high! I have to cover it up everyday. I looked old and awful in pictures because of my HUGE forehead. I did a lot of research, talked to people who had done this procedure. There are only a few doctors that perform this procedures in my area and I did not like any of them after consultation. I had to fly to Oakland to have the surgery by the BEST doctor Kabaker! I...

5 out of 5 stars Hair Transplant

Excellent Doctor Highly Recommend - Oakland, CA

Dr. Kabaker and his staff are so caring and kind. He takes the time to explain everything and really cares about the patient and the results. I had a great experience. I'm still in the healing stage from hair lowering procedure and lip lift but it's looking good. I only wish I had the hair lowered not so low and also kept the same pattern as the wig I wear. Last minute we decided to make the...

5 out of 5 stars Hair Loss Treatment

Caring, Compassionate and Experienced Practitioner - Oakland, CA

High hairline

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Very Successful Surgery, Oakland, CA

I had this surgery over 30 years ago and it is still holding. Other doctors have remarked about what a good job he did. No one can believe this surgery would last so long. Marjorie W.

1 out of 5 stars Forehead Reduction

Beware of Hairline Lowering Procedure - San Francisco, CA

I had a scar on my head and wanted the lowering of my hairline to cover it and also wanted my hair line a bit lower so my hair looks thicker. Little did I know I would loose almost all my hair. It's been a few years since the procedure. I like the doctor and his staff. The problem is my hair started falling out in clumps a few days after the procedure. It has been falling out consistently...

1 out of 5 stars Forehead Reduction

Be Careful with Forehead Lowering Surgery - May Cause Permanent Hair Loss - Oakland, CA

Like many memberss on here, I was obsessed with having a smaller forehead. I got the procedure done a few years ago and I have been living with regret ever since. Hairline lowering, or scalp advancement causes major shedding and hair loss and its permanent. You should consider this as a potential side effect before considering this surgery. This has happened to quiet a few of his patients...

Personal Statement

I limit my surgical work to aging face procedures, rhinoplasty, hair transplantation, scalp and forehead procedures . My nursing and administrative staff have averaged 20 years with me and the continuity of our team makes for efficient , skillfull and personal care.

Board Certifications

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


American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS)

Awards & Recognition

Professional Recognitions:
Past President, ISHRS
Treasurer, ISHRS
Founding Board of Governors, ISHRS
Board of Directors, AAFPRS
Founding Exam Committee, ABFPRS
Clinical Professor, University of California San Francisco Medical School
Instructor, ISHRS annual meetings
Guest of Honor, Annual AAFPRS Meeting, 2001
Manfred Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award, ISHRS
F. Mark Rafaty Award, AAFPRS

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Kabaker has hospital affiliations at Summit Alta Bates, Oakland, CA.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: Letterman General Army Hospital
    Hines VA Hospital
    Los Angeles County USC Medical Center
    Fellowship: Facial plastic surgery, with Richard Webster, MD, Boston

Treatments offered at Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Medical Clinic (IMQ accredited)

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Risk of Hair Loss After Browlift

The only type of brow lift that can result in permanent hair loss is the old coronal approach. In my opinion , it should only be used on those with... READ MORE

Criteria For Choosing A Hair Transplant Doctor/Clinic? I'd Like a More Youthful Hairline. (photo)

From the description of yourself as being 42 , having a stable hairline and sending pictures that show a full head of hair , I would suggest first... READ MORE

How Do I Get Wider Eyes? (photo)

If you have to decide about an operation will make the most positive change to your appearance, I would say to invest your time and funds in a... READ MORE

Are Facelifts Becoming Less Expensive Because of a Rise In Non-Surgical Facelifts?

The costs of Botox and non invasive fillers over a three year period would , in many cases cost more and do less than a facelift. Yes, we are probably... READ MORE

Can You Give Me Lips Like This?

One could get a lip result that could look like the picture you submitted. But it would be doubtful if any ethical surgeon would deliberately create... READ MORE

Am I candidate for a one stage forehead reduction? Also, can it be made to not look so square? (photos)

The pictures are not clear enough to make any conclusions about the reshaping of your hairline. You, however, seem to have adequate laxity to lower... READ MORE

Would you recommend me getting forehead reduction? I've been turned down by two surgeons, it's 7cm but in proportion. (photo)

Your hairline could likely be lowered 2cm which would reduce the height of your forehead about 30%. Draw a line with an eyebrow pencil where you would... READ MORE

Can the hair at the temple area be lowered along with the hairline? (Photo)

In females, I lower the forward growing frontal hairs by surgically advancing the scalp. And, in the same operative session I will transplant... READ MORE

Would it be safe/possible to have a rhinoplasty, hair transplant and hairline lowering/forehead reduction at the same time?

First of all, plan on spending anywhere between $12,000 to $22,000 for surgical correction of your rather difficult hair problem.( I don't think the... READ MORE

I'm 20, what are my options for achieving a smaller forehead? (Photo)

There are two options to lower a hairline. The first is hair transplantation. The second is the surgical reduction of the forehead which is done by... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Kabaker

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Lowering a Hairline That Cannot Be Hidden With Bangs Alone

Dr. Sheldon Kabaker walks us through the process of lowering a patient's hairline, touching on his technique, picking the ideal candidate, and whether men or women benefit more from this procedure. WATCH VIDEO

Serious Facelift Complications Are Minimal in Healthy Patients

While facelifts do come with potentially serious complications, Dr. Sheldon Kabaker notes that one of the best way to avoid problems starts with the consumer's personal health. WATCH VIDEO

There is an Art to Utilizing a Facelift and Fillers Together

When asked about invasive versus non-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Sheldon Kabaker notes that it's rarely one or the other and that using the two together produces an ideal result, if done correctly. WATCH VIDEO

Transplanting Eyebrows or Beards

When asked about invasive versus non-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Sheldon Kabaker notes that it's rarely one or the other and that using the two together produces an ideal result, if done correctly. WATCH VIDEO

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