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

practicing for over 43 years. friendly. direct. professional. knowledgeable. amazing staff!

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

he really is a maestro and this is such a specific procedure that he specializes in. Serious hats off to him for developing his techniques and teaching them to his fellows. I respect him loads as a future physician myself.

5 out of 5 stars Forehead Reduction

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

Expert in his field and a role model to how others should be in the medical field.

5 out of 5 stars Forehead Reduction

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

I chose doctor Kabaker because of the great reviews online. I searched everywhere online and could not find a single bad review about him. I even ordered his credentials report and it looked perfect. He is the most experience one because he had done this procedure on many many patients. He has many pictures and articles about this procedure. Doctor Kabaker was super nice and caring. I trusted him right a way the moment I met and talked to him. He is not like other doctors I have met that are arrogant and pushy. He is very informative. He took time to explain and show me pictures making sure that I really want to have the procedure done. The most important thing is that my scar is healing great now! HE HAS THE HEALING HANDS :)The staff are wonderful too!! They are super nice! They don't charge me extra for the medicine or stupid tests like other office. He's very good with responding to my email and calls after the surgery. I am very happy I chose the right doctor. I would totally recommend doctor Kabaker to anyone!!

5 out of 5 stars Hair Transplant

Excellent Doctor Highly Recommend - Oakland, CA

I did a lot of research to find Dr. Kabaker and am so glad I found him. He's the best! I hope everyone will know how fantastic he is! I feel lucky I had this complicated hair lowering procedure and hair transplants (and lip lift) done by him. He really knows what he is doing and cares so much about the patient and about how they feel about the outcome of his procedure. 5 star top notch doctor! Highly recommend.

5 out of 5 stars Hair Loss Treatment

Caring, Compassionate and Experienced Practitioner - Oakland, CA

I cannot say enough about Dr Kabaker and his staff. They are so friendly, warm and welcoming. It has a real family feel to the practice which makes for a great patient experience. Not to mention the great result I got with my hairline lowering procedure> I travelled half way around the world to see the GURU and I am so glad I did. I would highly recommend Dr Kabaker and his experienced team.

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Very Successful Surgery, Oakland, CA

This is the best facial surgery office in the Bay Area, if not the country if you want a natural look performed by an artist.

1 out of 5 stars Forehead Reduction

Beware of Hairline Lowering Procedure - San Francisco, CA

I give the doctor one star. He's nice and his staff are nice but the procedure caused hair loss. The fact he sent me to a doctor to get a documented certification that it's pattern baldness so he can cover up his mistake is disturbing at best. He doesn't take responsibility or try to fix the problem.

1 out of 5 stars Forehead Reduction

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

Dishonest, especially with a potential side effect.

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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

Any additional ways to stimulate hair growth post FUE? (photo)

1500 grafts is not a lot of hair unless your individual hairs are very thick. Although it is early to evaluate your result, you will likely need more... 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

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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*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.