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About Chia Chi Kao

Chia Chi Kao, M.D. is a Doctor primarily located in Santa Monica, CA. He has 20 years of experience. His specialties include Plastic Surgery and General Surgery. Chia Chi Kao is affiliated with Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, ST JOHNS HEALTH CENTER and PROVIDENCE LITTLE CO OF MARY MEDICAL CENTER TORRAN. Chia Chi Kao has received 3 awards. He speaks Chinese.

Rating Overview

83 Ratings with 45 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Chia Chi Kao is Great. Chia Chi Kao has been rated by 83 patients. From those 83 patients 45 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Chia Chi Kao is 4.4 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Kao Plastic Surgery

1301 20th St.
Suite 150A
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Chia Chi Kao has the following 2 specialties

  • Plastic Surgery

    A plastic surgery specialist is a physician with extensive training in the execution of plastic surgery procedures.
    Plastic surgery is the use of surgical procedures to rebuild or reshape injured or misshapen body parts. Congenital defects, such as a cleft lip or palate, can be corrected by a plastic surgery specialist. Injuries sustained during auto accidents also may require the services of a plastic surgery specialist. These procedures fall under the category of reconstructive plastic surgery.
    The other category of plastic surgery is cosmetic plastic surgery. Plastic surgery specialists often perform procedures like breast augmentation, face lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, and lip injection as elective surgeries for patients who wish to make aesthetic improvements.

  • General Surgery

    A surgical specialist is a physician who has additional training in a specific area of surgery.
    The American Board of Medical Specialties acknowledges the following surgical specialties: general surgery, thoracic and cardiac surgery, colon and rectal surgery, obstetrics and gynecological surgery, neurological surgery, ophthalmic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngological surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, urological surgery, and vascular surgery.
    Some procedures are performed by more than one type of specialist. Also, some surgeons may choose to specialize in specific procedures within their specialty area. For example, a plastic and maxillofacial surgeon may specialize in performing rhinoplasty procedures.

  • Specialty Expertise

    Chia Chi Kao has the following 6 expertise

  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Dermabrasion
  • Hair Restoration
  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Skin Cancer

Chia Chi Kao has 1 board certified specialty

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Board Certifications

Chia Chi Kao is Board Certified in 1 specialty

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Amazing Experience

Wonderful doctor, amazing staff, pleasant experience.

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From my initial appointment with Dr. Kao thru to my post operative appointments my treatment was top quality and my result better than expected!

Dr. Kao is unique in that he seems to have a keen intuition, an artistic eye and a sensitivity of heart for creating just the right effect. I highly value the genuine care of Dr. Kao, his expertise and the trust that I feel in his abilities. My surgical experience has been excellent, and I know that I have been in the best hands throughout my process. Because of a cleft lip at birth, some of my corrective needs have not been simple. This last surgery, I can honestly say, was brilliant. I am highly satisfied with the details of my surgery, and am so happy with result!

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In Good Hands for Tummy Tuck and Abdominoplasty

After 1 1/2 years of healthy diet and exercise I came to Dr. Kao with two problem areas; my love handles and slight belly paunch. He listened to my history and my wants. He did a thorough examination and interview with me to get a clear understanding of what solution(s) were available to me and what would best address my needs. I especially liked that he gauged my tolerance for end results, potential scarring, and post op care. After seeking 2nd and 3rd opinions I came back to Dr. Kao because both his diagnosis and interview clearly showed me that he had both my best interests at heart and he knew how he could best help me. The procedure went smoothly. The surgical team (and anesthesiologist) were friendly, professional, and highly skilled. My post-op care was filled with frequent check ins, communication, and patience as I asked many questions and the team wanted to ensure I got the best results from the procedure. Even with the expected swelling after the procedure I could see the results immediately. The incision for the tummy tuck was discreet and healed so quickly! I had minor complications with drainage. (I am a tall person and the abdominal area had excess fluids to remove due to my activity levels and minor flexing/bending) But through it all the team took care of it and just over a month after the procedure with the swelling going down (there is still some swelling that may take months to go away) my love handles are gone and my stomach is more tone and flatter than it has ever been. I cannot wait to see how things look in the coming months as the swelling goes away and I am able to get more active and fine tune the new body Dr. Kao and his staff allowed me to have. What a great staff! Always pleasant, courteous, and professional. And accommodating! They are always checking in on my progress and they truly care as evidenced when I have my post-op visits. they have been the best!

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I could not have asked for more attention, understanding, explaining, and respect.

He is an exceptional person and physician whose knowledge and perfectionism really come through from the minute you walk into the office. His staff is professional, kind, caring, authentic, and the office is a model for excellence.

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Great Experience !

Dr.Kao was there for me every step of the way! I'm so happy I went with him.

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  • Awards

    3 Awards

  • Patients' Choice Award

    Patients' Choice Award (2014, 2015, 2016)

    Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.

  • On-Time Doctor Award

    On-Time Doctor Award (2014, 2015, 2016)

    Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition

    Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2014, 2015, 2016)

    Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.

  • Hospital Affiliations

    Kao is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • St. John's Hospital & Health Center
  • Education

    20 Years Experience

  • University of Washington

    Graduated in 1991

  • Loyola University Medical Center


  • Accepted Insurance

    Please contact the office for more information.

Locations & Directions

Kao Plastic Surgery, 1301 20th St., Santa Monica, CA
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