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Dr. Chia Chi Kao

Chia Chi Kao, MD is a board-certified aesthetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over 20+ years of experience whom Vogue claims “is single-handedly revolutionizing the future of facelifts”.

“My focus is as much on the emotional as the physical. It is not about making someone simply look younger, but giving them the gift of feeling attractive and vibrant. Beauty is timeless.” – Chia Chi Kao, MD

Dr. Kao has curated his own specialized techniques for each procedure, enabling him to cause minimal disruption, prevent damage, and maintain the health and quality of the skin, most often improving it. He is also the founder of the KAO Center in Santa Monica, CA and is the creator of the new and revolutionary Ponytail Lift™ and Ponytail Facelift™ procedures.

  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The American Board of Surgery
  • Member of American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS)
  • Member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

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How to Spot a Nose Job (and How to Be Sure Yours Looks More Natural)

The decision to undergo rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job,” is deeply personal and often driven by a desire to enhance facial harmony and confidence. While many individuals seek subtle changes to their nose, the fear of an overly obvious or “done” appearance can be a significant concern. Fortunately, achieving natural-looking results with […]

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Is a Scarless Breast Lift Possible?

The goal of any cosmetic surgery procedure is to mimic natural beauty. Though scars are part of the healing process, they don’t help the surgical results look natural. Achieving a scarless breast lift has long been a goal for both patients and surgeons alike. Traditional breast lift techniques, such as the circumareolar and inverted-T lifts, […]

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Which Chin Augmentation Technique Is Right for Me?

Having a weak chin can disrupt the harmony between your facial features. A more prominent chin can help balance proportions of the face, often without requiring additional facial modifications. Most plastic surgeons offer the standard implant for chin augmentation, but Dr. Kao performs three different techniques to reshape and enhance the chin. The three chin […]

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He is a perfectionist who has truly exceeded my expectations, everything looks even better than I ever dared hope.

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