Ratings for Dr. Chia Chi Kao
Dr. Kao is a talented surgeon with gifted hands, a wealth of knowledge and a kind and compassionate heart. His thorough preparation is unparalleled... He invests an enormity of time studying, and planning on how to approach and tackle the case to obtain the optimal outcome and I am so grateful to be his patient. Choosing the right surgeon is crucial and, when under duress, is not an easy thing to do. I am a cancer survivor having been diagnosed with bilateral DCIS on March 31 2016... which began my journey of dealing with cancer. Dr. Kao was not my first plastic surgeon for reconstruction but I am so fortunate to have found him for my second chance... on reconstruction... and he will be my last!!!! When I was diagnosed I immediately began the process of researching and consulting with numerous specialists to make decisions on my treatment plan... this included 4 plastic surgeons all highly recommended by the oncology specialists I was speaking to (regretably Dr. Kao was not one of them).... I made the difficult decision to undergo a double nipple sparing mastectomy with reconstruction, rather then lumpectomies with radiation. I underwent not 1 or 2 or 3, or 4... but 8 - yes 8 reconstructive surgeries with a different plastic surgeon between 6/2016 and 6/2017 all under general anesthesia. While I did know going in that the need for multiple reconstruction procedures was not uncommon after mastectomy... no one ever suggested there would be 8 of them. And while with each procedure my original surgeon assured me there would be improvement and that this was the nature of the beast.... unfortunately no improvement followed. The outcome was so horrifying that by the 8th surgery... I would cry each morning when I saw my reflection in the mirror... After so many tries I began to think it was just me.... I was being selfish and should be grateful to be cancer free. Nevertheless I began consulting with other plastic surgeons and after meeting with 3 more plastic surgeons I found Dr. Kao.... who was the first who left me feeling he could improve my outcome. In our initial meeting, Dr. Kao spent nearly two hours with me. He took the time to outline each and every step of the procedures he would perform and what I could expect. He patiently answered all my questions, provided me with detailed explanations of what he could and would achieve, and explained the challenges he and I would face in my second chance reconstruction. His attention to detail, knowledge, and strive for perfection was apparent from our first meeting. I remember leaving his office feeling I had finally found a surgeon who could help improve my reconstruction. During the entire experience, Dr. Kao and Fallon, his patient coordinator. really helped me through the whole process by supporting all my needs. Fallon coordinated the scheduling for pre op, surgery and post op, and was always kind and supportive each time we spoke. And as for my result.... I am now about 8 weeks out.... and Dr. Kao out performed himself and all of the promises and assurances he made to me! His surgical talent is apparent and unsurpassed... with the tools of his trade, he thinks outside the box to achieve outcomes I am convinced no other surgeon could match. As a cancer survivor I am very lucky to have found this surgeon! For those of you who have faced the misfortune of not so attractive outcomes after mastectomies, I highly encourage you to consult with Dr. Kao.
Dr. Kao is nothing short of a miracle worker. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in my left breast, I was faced with the unenviable task of trying to find the right person to perform reconstruction. Dr. Kao was by far the standout of the surgeons I met with. He was kind, smart, patient and confident, and his results are extraordinary. He is a perfectionist who has truly exceeded my expectations, everything looks even better than I ever dared hope. I feel so fortunate to have found him.
I am a 44 year old mother of 3 children. Any woman who has had children knows that our breasts just aren't the same after pregnancy, weight gain and loss, and nursing. After struggling with what my girlfriends and I jokingly called "socks with change," for 10 years, I decided to consider plastic surgery. I live in the west side of Los Angeles and I began my search for "the best plastic surgeon." After interviewing about 10 famous plastic surgeons I decided to go with a Beverly Hills surgeon who came highly recommended and is famous for his "perfect breasts." I'll get back to my surgical outcome later. I decided to stay in a surgical recovery center for 2 nights so the nurses could help me take care of the surgical drains. While there, I saw women who had had face and neck lifts walking the halls dragging their IV poles and huge scary looking bandages covering most of their head and face. The sight of these bandaged and badly bruised women almost turned me away from having any more plastic surgery. Frankly, it scared me. While there, I had the opportunity to interview many of the nurses. These nurses provide post surgical care for most of the well known and respected plastic surgeons in Los Angeles, so I figured they would know who did the best work. I asked who they would use if they were to have plastic surgery and if all of the face lift patients look as scary as the ones I had seen? The answer I got from several of the nurses was Dr. Kao was different from the rest...that his patients had minimal bandaging, less swelling and bruising, and that in many instances it was hard to find the tiny incisions he made for his face lifts. I'm not great with names so I asked my husband to write his name down just in case. A few years later I decided to meet Dr. Kao to discuss the possibility of having a face and and neck lift. Dr. Kao was different than the other plastic surgeons I had interviewed a few years earlier for my breast surgery. He was polite. He was not arrogant. I did not have to spend hours in the waiting room, as I had with two of the Beverly Hills surgeons I had interviewed for my breast surgery. He took a lot of time with me and seemed to have the passion and vision of an artist. Still, the decision to have a face and neck lift was enormous and I was nervous. The surgery was long, not inexpensive, and carries the same risks as any surgical procedure. Don't forget the recovery time and what if I didn't like the results? After thinking about it for a few months I decided to go for it and scheduled my face and neck lift surgery. I was excited and nervous. My surgery also included very mild shaving of my brow bone so it was scheduled for 13 hours. Thankfully, the anesthesiologist used an anesthetic, which did not require intubation so I was breathing for myself during the surgery. I woke up in the surgical center with bruising around both eyes and some skin colored tape on my forehead. My neck felt somewhat tight from the lift. I did have a small gauze dressing around my hairline for the first day or so, but it was nothing like the "mummies" I had seen in my previous stay. I couldn't believe how good I looked day 1. Dr. Kao said there was a lot of swelling and it would take time to really see the results. It has been a year since my surgery. Two words come to mind when trying to describe Dr. Kao, TALENT and GENIUS! I am extremely happy with my surgical outcome. My friends and family who do not know I had surgery tell me I look terrific. People who have known me for years but have not seen me for a while tell me I haven't changed and I look wonderful. They can't tell I had work done! I just look good. I feel very good about my decision to have my surgery and consider myself blessed to have found a surgeon as gifted as Dr. Kao. By the way, the breast surgery I mentioned earlier that I had done by the famous Beverly Hills doctor, did not turn out right. My breasts are not smooth, don't fall nicely, and unfortunately, if I want them right I need to have another breast surgery. I plan on having Dr. Kao perform this surgery because he is simply the best. Thank you Dr. Kao!
I cant say enough about the amazing work Dr. Kao did for me / on me! My life has changed for the better!! Dr. Kao was wonderful and comfortable to be with all of the way through the process. He is a meticulous surgeon who hold himself only to the very highest standards! His love of his work is obvious and his focus instills great confidence. two of my friends had gone to him before me and just seeing their results, I went straight to him! Kelly, who works with Dr. Kao, was lovely, warm and helpful from the very beginning of the process and all of the way through even with follow up appointments.
He is an artist; excellent medical doctor; terrific communicator of medical techniques; a perfectionist; caring and compassionate; attentive; very intelligent; pragmatic, no "Hollywood" nonsense; to the point; perfectionist; extremely capable; reachable; family friendly; tireless; good sense of humor; great staff; uses great anesthesiologists; organized; comforting; confident; no self-aggrandizement; understands emotional needs if patient; empathetic; kind; to the point; extremely focused on the case. A terrific experience so far. Insists his patients be comfortable post-op.
I am a cancer survivor. Part of my survival depended on taking drugs that aged me far beyond my chronological years. Dr. Kao had the expertise to bring me back to my true age without anyone recognizing that I've had surgery. I can't believe how he was able to bring my skin texture back to smooth. He has erased the years and I still look natural. I am thrilled with the results.
Dr Kao and his team are outstanding. In 2012 I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy and Dr Kao did an amazing job on my reconstruction. Dr. Kao does the surgery with no scars which no other surgeon had offered. He is smart, creative, thoughtful and not just a surgeon,but an artist. His team is outstanding and I would highly recommend him.
Dr. Kao did amazing reconstructive surgery on me after four partial mastectomies for breast cancer. Without the use of an implant, he used an innovative procedure the result of which is that I look better than I ever did before the cancer. He is brilliant and a caring perfectionist. I cannot recommend him more highly.
Dr. Chia Chi Kao's Credentials
Accepting New Patients
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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”. “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 KAO Center in Santa Monica, CA and is the creator of the new and revolutionary Ponytail Lift™ and Ponytail Facelift™ procedures. BOARD CERTIFICATION The American Board of Plastic Surgery The American Board of Surgery PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES Member of American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) Member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
- Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195 (Grad. 1991)
- University of Washington (Grad. 1987)
Areas of Expertise
- Breast reconstruction with breast implants
- Tummy tuck
- Breast augmentation
- Breast reduction surgery
- Hair loss
Awards & Recognitions
Publications & Research