2020 Top Doctor: David Yao, M.D.

Editorial StaffMarch 19, 2020
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Photography by Steve Craft
Photography by Steve Craft

Plastic Surgery

Med School/Year Graduated: Virginia Commonwealth University, 2001

Years in Practice: 12

What’s the most common plastic surgery procedure requested by your patients? And what would you say is the most common nonelective procedure – i.e. the one people have to get?

The most common cosmetic procedures I perform are a facelift and eyelift, either alone or in combination. Patients are looking for lasting natural results that allow the whole face, from top to bottom, to be treated completely, rather than by separate individual parts. Many reconstructive procedures are less or nonelective, [including those which] restore facial skin or breast tissue after a trauma, or cancer diagnosis.

What type of nonsurgical procedures do you offer?

My office offers injectables like Botox, dermal fillers and platelet-rich plasma microneedling.  These are safe, effective and reliable procedures with little down time.

Which celebrities are “trending” among patients? E.g., “Give me Sofia Vergara’s lips.”

Celebrity trending? I wouldn’t say there’s a single celebrity body part that my patients are necessarily looking to achieve. Each patient sees something unique and different that appeals to him/herself. Some want Angelina Jolie lips, and others want an age-defying appearance of Nicole Kidman or Elizabeth Hurley.

Name the best depiction of your field in TV or film that you’ve ever seen.

Plastic surgery on TV or in the movies feels a bit flat… no pun intended. A few reality shows depict some elements [accurately]. Viewers get a partial sense of it, but it’s hard to show the whole enchilada. While the cooking shows can bring the sights and sounds from the kitchen, the aromas and flavors don’t fully come across.

Do you have any hobbies or interests you pursue in your spare time?

Lately my family and I have incorporated long-distance relay running into some of our travel.  We recently went to Oregon for a 48-mile relay run from Astoria to Cannon Beach. It was a fun family event and a motivating way to feel and stay fit.

What are you watching on Netflix these days?

I like science fiction, especially Star Wars, so The Mandalorian on Disney+ is on my list of shows now.

“If I weren’t a doctor, I’d be…”

I’m not sure. Collecting information, taking portrait photographs, making adjustments from observations and using scientific principles to solve problems are what I do now. So perhaps a science teacher or photographer.


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