Doctor David W. Kim, MD in San Francisco, California 94133

Name: David W. Kim, MD
Last name: Kim
Began aesthetic medicine in: 2003
Years experience: 17
Primary Specialty: Facial Plastic Surgeon
Business: David W. Kim, MD – Rhinoplasty Specialist
Address: 55 Francisco St.
Address suite: Ste. 705
Phone: (415) 968-5129
International phone number: +14159685129
City: San Francisco
State: California
Zip Code: 94133
Country: US
Statement: We strive to maintain quality in all aspects of patient’s experience. A critical component of providing high quality care is clear communication. We pride ourselves in thoroughly informing patients of all aspects of proposed treatments. We set clear and honest expectations.
Consulting Fees: 175$
Has Sponsored Offer : No

Special Offers
Offer #1: Galderma Offer
Special Offer Treatments: Restylane, Sculptra Aesthetic, Dysport, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne
End Time: 12/31/2020
Detail: Sign up for Aspire Galderma Rewards prior to your appointment to receive $20 off on each treatment listed below: Dysport®, Restylane® family, Sculptra® Aesthetic.
Clinical Privileges
  • California Pacific Medical Center, UCSF, San Francisco Surgery Center, Greenbrae Surgery Center, and San Francisco General Hospital
  • Undergraduate: BA, Stanford University, 1991
  • Medical: MD, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, 1997
Postdoc Training
  • Internship: General Surgery, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, 1998
  • Residency: Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, 2002
  • Fellowships:
  • National Institutes of Health Post-doctoral Research, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Univerity of Illinois, Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2003

David W. Kim, MD

Board Certification
David Woojin Kim (ABMSUID – 750110)

Viewed: 1/21/2009 CST

Day of birth: 11/3/1969

Status: Alive
American Board of Otolaryngology

Otolaryngology – General
Status: Certified

Active Time-Limited Initial Certification
5/19/2003 – 6/3/2013
Education: 1996 MD (Doctor of Medicine)
Location: 35 Locust Ave
0Mill Valley, CA 94941-2182 (United States)

GPS coordinates on map: 37.8044,-121.810997

Primary location
Location name: Bay Area
State: CA
Country: US
Map point: 37.8044,-121.810997

Google plus:

  • Acne Scars Treatment
  • Acne Treatment
  • ActiveFX
  • Asian Rhinoplasty
  • Belotero
  • Botox
  • Brow Lift
  • Cheek Augmentation
  • Chemical Peel
  • Chin Implant
  • Chin Liposuction
  • Chin Surgery
  • DeepFX
  • Double Eyelid Surgery
  • Dysport
  • Ear Surgery
  • eMatrix
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Facelift
  • Forehead Lift
  • Fractional Laser
  • Fraxel Laser
  • Glycolic Peel
  • IPL
  • Jaw Reduction
  • Juvederm
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Laser Treatment
  • Latisse
  • Lip Augmentation
  • Liposculpture
  • Lower Facelift
  • Microneedling
  • Mini Facelift
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Mole Removal
  • Neck Lift
  • Nonsurgical Nose Job
  • Nose Surgery
  • Perlane
  • Photofacial
  • Radiesse
  • Restylane
  • Retin-A
  • Revision Rhinoplasty
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Scar Removal
  • Sculptra Aesthetic
  • Septoplasty
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Smart Lipo
  • TotalFX
  • VI Peel
  • Voluma
  • Wrinkle Treatment

RealSelf Info

Rating: 4.8
Profile views: 62187
Answer count: 522
Review count: 58
Anonymous votes: 35
Offer count: 1
Profile created: Jun 6, 2009
Profile modified: May 13, 2020
Profile promotion: Yes
Profile inactive: No
Premier status: Performance
Tier: Pro
RealCare Promise: No
Directory link: Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
RealSelf’s PRO: Yes
Doctor Designation Start Time: Apr 22, 2019
Doctor Designation End Time: Jan 1, 2033


  • Berkeley, CA, US. GPS coordinates: 37.8722,-122.2679977
  • San Francisco, CA, US. GPS coordinates: 37.7752,-122.4189987
  • San Jose, CA, US. GPS coordinates: 37.3201,-121.8779984
  • San Mateo, CA, US. GPS coordinates: 37.5591,-122.3219986
  • Walnut Creek, CA, US. GPS coordinates: 37.9063,-122.064003
  • Bay Area, CA, US. GPS coordinates: 37.8044,-121.810997

Latest ratings of treatments

  • Asian Rhinoplasty (Jul 2013) – 5/5
  • Revision Rhinoplasty (Sep 2020) – 5/5
  • Rhinoplasty (Aug 2020) – 1/5
  • Rhinoplasty (Aug 2020) – 5/5
  • Rhinoplasty (May 2020) – 5/5
  • Revision Rhinoplasty (Jul 2020) – 5/5
  • Chin Implant (Jul 2015) – 5/5
  • Rhinoplasty (Jul 2017) – 5/5
  • Rhinoplasty (Nov 2017) – 5/5
  • Injectable Fillers (Apr 2020) – 5/5
  • Revision Rhinoplasty (Jun 2016) – 5/5
  • Revision Rhinoplasty (Oct 2018) – 5/5
  • Asian Rhinoplasty (Nov 2017) – 5/5
  • Rhinoplasty (Jul 2019) – 5/5
  • Septoplasty (Jul 2019) – 5/5

Latest Prices

Asian Rhinoplasty Prices

  • $14000 – Jul 31, 2013 – San Francisco, CA
  • $14999 – Nov 10, 2017 – Bay Area, CA

Revision Rhinoplasty Prices

  • $15000 – Jun 17, 2016 – San Francisco, CA
  • $16000 – Apr 6, 2016

Rhinoplasty Prices

  • $13999 – Jul 18, 2017 – San Francisco, CA
  • $11000 – Nov 17, 2017

Chin Implant Prices

  • $17850 – Jul 1, 2015 – San Francisco, CA

Practice Locations

Name & Website
Dr. Kim Facial Plastic Surgery – San Francisco,
55 Francisco St.Ste 705, San Francisco, California, US, 94133 (GPS coordinates: 37.8055562,-122.4055121)
(415) 773-0800
Working Hours
Created / Modified
Sep 25, 2019 / Sep 25, 2019

Special Offers

Start Time / End Time

Galderma Offer
Dec 3, 2019 /
Dec 31, 2020
Sign up for Aspire Galderma Rewards prior to your appointment to receive $20 off on each treatment listed below: Dysport®, Restylane® family, Sculptra® Aesthetic.
Specific treatments

Doctor's answers

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Is this nose type achievable for my face and would I require a chin implant to better harmonize my fea
Lots of improvement possible!
May 21, 2020
The features which make your nose stand-out:1.   Dorsal hump2.  Tip rounded, low, and over-projected3.  Full, bulbous tip cartilageBeneficial potential changes:1.  Dorsal reduction2. Tip elevation and deprojection3.  Tip refinementYou seems like a good candidate based on your photos.  An in person exam would be the next step.  There are of course limitations to what rhinoplasty can do. For your nose/goals specifically, you would have to be careful not to reduce the size so much that the sof...
Scar tissue after rhinoplasty - can it be removed and will it grow back?
Scar tissue is normal. Too much scar tissue is not.
May 13, 2020
When the nose heals after rhinoplasty, the body produces healing tissue to allow the soft tissue envelope to re-adhere and drape over all of the structure (bone and cartilage) of the nose.  The amount of scar tissue is variable person to person.  In general, the thicker the skin is to begin with, the more scar tissue will form.  Over time, through a process of soft tissue remodeling and contraction (sometimes called shrink wrap), the soft tissue envelope thins to better show the defi...
Could a 4th revision help my upturned & over-scooped nose?
You need some length and height
May 13, 2020
It is likely that another surgery can help you.  The "pig nose" shape you describe is due to a tip that is angle too high and a bridge that is scooped a bit low.  That combination creates that characteristic upturned appearance.  The bridge aspect (adding height) is the easier part to treat.  It can usually be improved by adding structure above the existing cartilage beneath the skin.  There are a variety of options but I prefer to use a thin graft of cartilage and fascia as I believe it cr...
Can my nostril and nasal asymmetry be corrected with a revision rhinoplasty?
May 13, 2020
It appears that your nostril asymmetry is related to several anatomical factors:1.  The entire tip complex is leaning to the right, likely because the septal foundation (caudal septum) is bent toward that side.  2.  The two individual tip cartilages have different shapes.  This may be intrinsic, may be due to distortion from issue 1 above, or a combination.3.  The nostrils are inserted onto the face at different levels (right side higher than left)4.  Possible that there are soft tissu...
Why is my nose larger and more irregular than before my surgery 2 years ago?
Tip prominence
May 13, 2020
It looks like your bridge was lowered and the tip of your nose has drooped a bit.  This created an imbalance between the tip and upper part of the nose which causes the tip to stand out.  Ideally, the tip and bridge should be aligned along the line and the tip should sit slightly higher than where yours sits.  These issues cause your tip to stand out.  If you undergo revision, I would recommend you aim to raise the position of the tip and create better balance between the tip and bridge (ei...
Am I a candidate for revision rhinoplasty to address thick scar tissue, or is there an alternate route
Revision rhinoplasty
May 13, 2020
It appears that the tip of your nose protrudes a bit more than ideal (relative to the bridge).  I doubt this is due solely to scar tissue, although the scar tissue may contribute somewhat.  It is likely that revision surgery could help to make your nose look better, but a full evaluation would be necessary--this would include an in person exam and ideally review of your old operative records.  It would also be helpful to be treated by a surgeon who performs a high volume of revision rhi...
How many months should I wait to fix collapsed nostril? Shoud I get my surgeon or an ENT to fix?
Looks like you have a nasal valve issue
Aug 22, 2019
Nasal valve insufficiency refers to a constricted area of the external nose impairing comfortable airflow into the nasal passages.  From the photo you submitted, it seems you may have an external valve issue.  Sometimes people are born with this type of issue and sometimes surgery can cause it, especially if there was narrowing of the tip of the nose.  I would start by approaching your surgeon with your concerns.  In the short term, nasal dilation appliances such as breath rite strips or s...
Is an ANS repair possible?
There are ways to replace the caudal septum (anterior septum)
Aug 22, 2019
The caudal septum or anterior nasal septum (ANS) is the front edge of the septum--the part that projects out of the face between the nostrils.  This area is important to provide support to the nasal tip.  It is a common technique to anchor a cartilage graft onto the caudal septum to provide more support to the tip.  This type of graft (Septal extension graft) also can serve as an anchor point to change the position of the tip.  If the caudal septum is compromised or missing, it is more dif...
How do lateral crural strut grafts and septal extension grafts feel inside the nose?
Nose will feel stiffer but you will become accustomed to it
Aug 22, 2019
I very frequently use the combination of a septal extension graft and lateral crural strut grafts to improve shape and function of the nose, particularly in revision surgery.  The advantage of these graft is that they add strength and support to the nose.  This gives the surgeon more control to create a better outcome.  This also helps to prevent longer term failure or undesired changes which could happen with time if the nose was not strong enough.  The stiffness at the tip and above the...
Can I remove rib cartilage bridge implant to restore old nose?
Rib rhinoplasty can be revised
Aug 22, 2019
Rib grafts are an effective tool for rhinoplasty, but like with any technique, there can be good outcomes or bad outcomes.  If you are unhappy with the results I would start by addressing your concerns with your surgeon.  Depending on the issues and your goals, there may be potential for improvement with revision surgery.
Do I need a revision? My right side is not as "full" as my left.
Decision for revision
Aug 22, 2019
If you are mostly happy with the outcome, you have to ask yourself if it feels worth it to address any residual imperfections, such as asymmetry.  In most rhinoplasty outcomes, there are improvements and also imperfections.  If the surgery was recent, you should wait before you decide on this as the nose may still need to heal.  I would start by approaching your primary surgeon to get guidance on this.  If it is symmetry you want, then an eventual revision might involve reducing the ful...
I don’t see any grid marks after the ematrix treatment (2 days) Does that mean it didn’t work?
Grid lines after eMatrix
May 3, 2019
Hi and thanks for your question! Grid marks can definitely happen after eMatrix, but they are not necessary for effectiveness, so I would not worry about that. I would, however, expect to see some other signs of treatment, such as redness and/or swelling. Hope that helps and that you are seeing the positive benefits of your series of treatments!
Why did Dysport cause wrinkles to go inward toward nose and creapiness?
Different wrinkles after Dysport
May 3, 2019
Hi, Thanks for your question! I agree that the wrinkles don't exactly "move," but they can become more prominent in untreated areas after treatment. Your provider may be able to adjust your treatment slightly to minimize this effect, so I would recommend letting him/her know. Also, over time the overall look may soften up, as the contrast between treated and untreated areas becomes less noticeable. Dysport is strongest initially, around 1-2 weeks. Hope that helps!
How durable is my nose 7 months after a full septorhinoplasty? I play a lot of soccer.
Your nose is strong but not indestructable
Apr 25, 2019
It is likely that with the strut in place, your nose is strong and no more susceptible to injury than prior to the rhinoplasty.  It is stiffer and therefore may be more sensitive to trauma, however.  But keep in mind that any nose (whether it's had surgery or not) is not indestructible and can be damages with forceful impact.  If you are happy with your results you should understand this and protect your investment.  This may mean simply being protective and avoiding situations that pla...
When I smile, the outer edges of my nostrils move up my face, turning my nose into an arrow shape. Is
Your nostrils movement is normal
Apr 25, 2019
You are observing a normal facial pattern in which the nostrils widen and elevate with smiling.  This is because the smile muscles pull the nostril margins in the same direction as the mouth when they engage.  The tip of the nose stays down when you smile so it created the appearance you are observing.  It is hard to tell from the photos but it doesn't look to me that your tip is too low at rest (not smiling).  So I don't think elevation of the tip with surgery would a wise choice to impr...

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