Richard Kao, M.D.

Richard Kao, M.D.

Fellowship Trained Facial Plastic Surgeon

Charlotte, NC,– HuntersvilleSouthpark

Dr. Kao is a board-certified head and neck surgeon, certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He passed written and oral boards in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, through the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Kao specializes exclusively in cosmetic surgery of the face and neck. Trust your face to a Facial Plastic Surgeon.

Attending to my patients' aspirations and objectives is paramount to nurturing a fulfilling surgeon-patient bond. The majority of my patients opt for my proficiency in facial plastic surgery.

Dr. Richard Kao is a Fellowship-Trained Facial Plastic Surgeon. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. He attended Medical School at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, graduating with surgical research honors. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was appointed Chief Resident his final year.

Dr. Kao completed a highly prestigious facial plastic surgery fellowship accredited by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, training under Dr. Dean Toriumi in Chicago, Illinois. He served as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Rush University Medical Center.

An Inteview With Dr. Kao

  1. Princeton University – Undergrad
  2. Wake Forest University – Medical School
  3. Indiana University – Residency: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  4. Rush University – Fellowship: Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery accredited by the AAFPRS

I perform only cosmetic facial plastic surgery, including facelifts, rhinoplasties, eyelid surgery, and more! I do not perform breast or body surgery. Facial surgery is my only scope of practice.

I empower my patients to look and feel their best. I enjoy listening to my patients and developing plans to achieve their aesthetic goals. It is a unique privilege to perform procedures and surgeries on people’s faces. We love natural results that last. 

The arts and sciences were my greatest strengths as a child. I especially enjoyed sculpture and am a classically trained violinist. During medical school, I fell in love with facial anatomy and surgery. During residency training, I was drawn to the intricate nature of facial plastic surgery and its ability to truly change lives for the better. 

I cherish my patients and enjoy being an integral part of their journey from pre to post-operative care, alongside the incredible support of our clinic staff. Seeing their happiness with the results of their surgery and ensuring they have a stellar experience with our team, both in the clinic and in the operating rooms, fills me with joy.

Hard work. My parents instilled in me the discipline and drive needed to reach this point in my career. I am always learning from each of my patients, and I am always seeking to improve outcomes with new techniques and technologies. 

Spend time with my orthopedic surgeon wife and two children. Golf. Music. Exercise. Cook. Travel. Watch Liverpool Football Club.

I discovered in medical school that cosmetic facial plastic surgery was the perfect interplay between my artistic eye, love of facial anatomy, respect for surgical principles, and technical ability. 

Dr. Dean Toriumi was my fellowship director in Chicago. He is a giant in the field of facial plastic surgery, and I am fortunate to have trained under him. 

Attending to my patients’ aspirations and objectives is paramount to nurturing a fulfilling surgeon-patient bond. The majority of my patients opt for my proficiency in facial plastic surgery. My specialization lies solely in cosmetic facial procedures, encompassing facelifts, rhinoplasties, eyelid surgeries, and various others.

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